GEOGRAPHY/CULTURAL STRAND

World Cultures

T10011 – T10012

Course Fee
Students in World Cultures will use inquiry-based methods to analyze the geography, politics, economics, society and history of the world’s regions. Research, inference and analytical skills are stressed throughout the year so students can learn to create their own questions and discover their own answers about the world. In addition to cultural content, students will develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills based on state standards. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate.
Level: 9,10
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Blended World Cultures (NNHS only)

T100N1 – T100N2

Course Fee
Students in World Cultures will use inquiry-based methods to analyze the geography, politics, economics, society and history of the world’s regions. Research, inference and analytical skills are stressed throughout the year so students can learn to create their own questions and discover their own answers about the world. In addition to cultural content, students will develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills based on state standards. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate.
Level: 9,10
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Comparative Religions

T79011, T79012

Comparative Religions introduces students to the world’s major religious traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). Students in Comparative Religions will explore the beliefs, practices, and historical development of each faith. In addition, students will discuss the impact of religion on current events. In this course, academic objectivity will be stressed and students’ personal religious views will be respected. Students may choose to participate in field trip opportunities to observe religions as they are practiced today. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Cultural Anthropology

T81011, T81012

Cultural Anthropology is designed to give the student a comparative look at human culture. This course will offer an examination of the many different systems of culture throughout the world. Focusing on similarities and differences, cultural Anthropology seeks to explain these customs and their origin and development. Students will study universal problems of mankind and how different peoples have solved these problems. Major topics of study are prejudice, language, marriage, family, religion, and art; this course will help students analyze the reasons behind cultural variation. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

AP Human Geography

T150A1-T150A2

Weighted
Course Fee
AP Human Geography presents students with the curricular equivalent of an introductory college-level course in human cultural geography. Content is presented thematically and is organized around economic, cultural, political, and urban geography. The approach is spatial and problem oriented, and case studies are drawn from all world regions. Historical information serves to enrich analysis of the impacts of phenomena such as globalization, colonialism, and human-environment relationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes, and patterns of interactions. Students are expected to take the College Board exam in May – Teacher Recommendation Required. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate.
Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

HISTORY STRAND

World History

T23011 – T23012

This course examines civilizations and societies from ancient, medieval and modern history and seeks to engage students in a global perspective of the past through inquiry methods. Political, economic, social, spiritual and intellectual development through the centuries provides a foundation for critical understanding and appreciation of the inherent values of world civilizations. In addition to historical content, historical skills are emphasized as outlined in state standards. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar certificate.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Blended World History (NNHS only)

T230N1 – T230N2

This course examines civilizations and societies from ancient, medieval and modern history and seeks to engage students in a global perspective of the past through inquiry methods. Political, economic, social, spiritual and intellectual development through the centuries provides a foundation for critical understanding and appreciation of the inherent values of world civilizations. In addition to historical content, historical skills are emphasized as outlined in state standards This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face leaning and online independent learning. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar certificate.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

20th Century History

T26012

This course examines global trends and movements form the pre-World War I period to the present. The course emphasizes world history with a strong Western component. The purpose of the course is to help develop an understanding of the complex issues and engage in appropriate reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: .50

Blended 20th Century History (NNHS only)

T260N2

This course examines global trends and movements form the pre-World War I period to the present. The course emphasizes world history with a strong Western component. The purpose of the course is to help develop an understanding of the complex issues and engage in appropriate reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: .50

AP World History

T280A1 – T280A2

Weighted
Course Fee
The Advanced Placement World History course offers motivated students the opportunity to gain historical perspective on a variety of civilization. It invites students to take a global view of historical processes and contacts between people in different societies. Chronological in its framework beginning ca. 1200 C.E., the course seeks to provide balanced global coverage with Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe all represented. This course is reading and writing intensive, and summer course work may be assigned. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate. Students are expected to take the College Board exam in May. Teacher recommendation required.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Blended AP World History (NNHS only)

T280T1 – T280T2

Weighted
Course Fee
The Advanced Placement World History course offers motivated students the opportunity to gain historical perspective on a variety of civilization. It invites students to take a global view of historical processes and contacts between people in different societies. Chronological in its framework beginning ca. 1200 C.E., the course seeks to provide balanced global coverage with Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe all represented. This course is reading and writing intensive, and summer course work may be assigned. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate. Students are expected to take the College Board exam in May. Teacher recommendation required.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

AP European History

T290A1 – T290A2

Weighted
Course Fee
The program is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Examination in European History. The course surveys the history of Europe from the Renaissance to the present. The focus is on political, social, diplomatic, economic and scientific history. Students should have a strong interest in the subject and a strong aptitude in history. Summer coursework may be assigned. Students are expected to take the College Board exam in May. – Teacher Recommendation Required. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate.
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Blended AP European History (NNHS only)

T290T1 – T290T2

Weighted
Course Fee
The program is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Examination in European History. The course surveys the history of Europe from the Renaissance to the present. The focus is on political, social, diplomatic, economic and scientific history. Students should have a strong interest in the subject and a strong aptitude in history. Summer coursework may be assigned. Students are expected to take the College Board exam in May. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning. – Teacher Recommendation Required. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate.
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Humanities 1 (NCHS only)

T830W1

Weighted
Course Fee
Humanities is an interdisciplinary course which weaves together the literature, fine arts and history of western civilization. Humanities is designed to develop in students an appreciation and respect for the disciplines and create an understanding of their powerful influence on western culture. This course is designed for mature, motivated students. May be used for Fine Arts credit. This course will be granted Social Studies credit only for members of the class of 2023+.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Blended Humanities 1 (NNHS only)

T830G1

Weighted
Course Fee
Humanities is an interdisciplinary course which weaves together the literature, fine arts and history of western civilization. Humanities is designed to develop in students an appreciation and respect for the disciplines and create an understanding of their powerful influence on western culture. This course is designed for mature, motivated students. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning. May be used for Fine Arts credit. This course will no longer be granted Fine Arts credit for members of the class of 2023+.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Humanities 2 (NCHS only)

T840W2

Weighted
Course Fee
Humanities is an interdisciplinary course which weaves together literature, fine arts and history of modern western civilization. Humanities is designed to develop in students an appreciation and respect for the disciplines and create an understanding of their powerful influence on western culture. This course is designed for mature, motivated students. May be used for Fine Arts credit. This course will be granted Social Studies credit only for members of the class of 2023+.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50*

Blended Humanities 2 (NNHS only)

T840G2

Weighted
Course Fee
Humanities is an interdisciplinary course which weaves together literature, fine arts and history of modern western civilization. Humanities is designed to develop in students an appreciation and respect for the disciplines and create an understanding of their powerful influence on western culture. This course is designed for mature, motivated students. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning. May be used for Fine Arts credit. This course be granted Social Studies credit only for members of the class of 2023+.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Military History

T510W2

Weighted
This course focuses on the most significant developments in the theory and practice of war from antiquity to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Important developments in military theory and practice are addressed with emphasis on particularly significant battles and commanders. Additionally, the impact of warfare on culture, social institutions and international relations will be explored. Ultimately, the course attempts to bring students into a consideration of the moral questions inevitably raised by violent conflict and the socio-political costs associated with the conduct of war. This course involves a significant amount of reading and includes a variety of assessments.
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

US History

T40011 – T40012

The United States History course provides an inquiry into the political, social and economic trends involved in the development of our nation and their role in shaping modern America. Students will be challenged to develop critical thinking, writing and speaking skills, along with historical source analysis skills. Successful completion of the course satisfies the U.S. History requirement for graduation.
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Blended US History

T400N1 – T400N2

The United States History course provides an inquiry into the political, social and economic trends involved in the development of our nation and their role in shaping modern America. Students will be challenged to develop critical thinking, writing and speaking skills, along with historical source analysis skills. Successful completion of the course satisfies the U.S. History requirement for graduation. This blended course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning.
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Online US History

T400M1 – T400M2

The United States History course provides an investigation of the political, social, economic and diplomatic trends involved in the development of the American nation. Students will be challenged to develop critical thinking skills, writing skills, and speaking skills. Successful completion of this course satisfies the US History requirement for graduation.
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

AP US History

T460A1 – T460A2

Weighted
Course Fee
The grade in this course is weighted. This level of history will provide students with the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement Examination in American history towards the conclusion of the course. Successful completion of the Advanced Placement United States History course satisfies the US History requirement for graduation. Summer reading and writing may be assigned. Students are expected to take the College Board exam in May. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Blended AP US History (NNHS only)

T460T1 – T460T2

Weighted
Course Fee
The grade in this course is weighted. This level of history will provide students with the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement Examination in American history towards the conclusion of the course. Successful completion of the Advanced Placement United States History course satisfies the US History requirement for graduation. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning. Summer reading and writing may be assigned. Students are expected to take the College Board exam in May. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

American Studies

T48011 – T48012

This two-semester, interdisciplinary, course taught by an English and Social Studies teacher, traces the development of major American literary movements and places them within the context of United States history. The course is organized around themes and essential questions, allowing students to gain a deeper understanding of important literary and historical issues. Students will examine the changing role of the individual while tracing the development of American ideals and institutions. Individual and team assignments will challenge students to address the course question. Strong reading and writing skills are needed. The class will be taught in a two-hour block and meets the requirements for a Communication Arts credit as well as the US History requirement for graduation. Students must enroll in American Studies (C27011-C27012) listed under the Communication Arts department to fulfill the block.
Level: 11
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Modern American Social History

T530W1 (First semester only NCHS)

T530W2 (Second semester only NNHS)

Weighted
This course evaluates the issues that have shaped the United States as it examines the social, economic, cultural, and political events since 1945. Providing an in-depth look at an instructor-selected historical time period (e.g. 1960’s or the Regan era), the aim of this course is to shed light on how events have shaped who we are and how we view the world today. The final assessment is the creation of a historical documentary using primary sources, interviews and scholarly resources to provide synthesis and complex understanding of the time period.
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Minorities in American Society

T72011 , T72012 (Both semesters NNHS)

T72012 (Second semester only NCHS)

Minorities in American Society is a survey of American history through the eyes of select minority groups. It provides the student with the opportunity to examine diversity issues and minority groups that have made major contributions to the United States. Native American, African American, Latino, Asian, women, LGBTQ and people with disabilities are among the groups surveyed. This course provides students with valuable perspectives for other Social Studies courses.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Urban History

T520W1

Weighted
This course introduces students to the cultural, geographic, economic, political and social history of urban society using Chicago as a case study. Students will explore the rise and expansion of Chicago and its influence on the nation. The opportunity for field trips to the city will provide students with firsthand experience of many of the elements that are studied in the classroom.
Level: 11, 12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

GOVERNMENT/POLITICAL STRAND

American Government

T30011, T30012

In this course students will study the primary concepts of the American political system, including its foundations, structures and political behavior. This course explores the institutions of the federal government, examines the parties’ issues, candidates and political groups and their roles in American politics at the national level. Emphasis is also placed on the role of the citizen in a democratic society. In order to fulfill the state civics requirement, students will take action towards a political issue they are interested in at the national, state or local government level. Successful completion of this course satisfies the American Government graduation requirement.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Blended American Government (NNHS only)

T300N1,T300N2

In this course students will study the primary concepts of the American political system, including its foundations, structures and political behavior. This course explores the institutions of the federal government, examines the parties’ issues, candidates and political groups and their roles in American politics at the national level. Emphasis is also placed on the role of the citizen in a democratic society. In order to fulfill the state civics requirement, students will take action towards a political issue they are interested in at the national, state or local government level. Successful completion of this course satisfies the American Government graduation requirement. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Online American Government

T300M1, T300M2

In this course students will study the primary concepts of the American political system, including its foundations, structures and political behavior. This course explores the institutions of the federal government, examines the parties’ issues, candidates and political groups and their roles in American politics at the national level. Emphasis is also placed on the role of the citizen in a democratic society. In order to fulfill the state civics requirement, students will take action towards a political issue they are interested in at the national, state or local government level. Successful completion of this course satisfies the American Government graduation requirement.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

AP US Government & Politics

T360A1, T360A2 (Both semesters NCHS)

T360A2 (Second semester only NNHS)

Weighted
Course Fee
The class will focus on the fundamental nature of our federal system. It will assist students who are preparing for the Advanced Placement examination in US Government and Politics. Students should have a strong interest in politics and government and a willingness to study. In order to fulfill the state civics requirement, students will take action towards a political issue they are interested in at the national, state or local government level. Successful completion of this course satisfies the American Government graduation requirement. Students are expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam in May. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

AP Comparative Government & Politics

T380A1, T380A2 (Both semesters NCHS)

T380A1 (First semester only NNHS)

Weighted
Course Fee
AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and political, economic, and social challenges among six selected countries: Great Britain, Mexico, Russia, Iran, China, and Nigeria. Additionally, students examine how different governments solve similar problems by comparing the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues. Students are expected to take the College Board exam in May. – Teacher Recommendation Required. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Legal Issues in American Society

T65011, T65012

This course focuses on current legal issues and Supreme Court decisions that influence American society. In this class, students will develop critical thinking skills crucial to their effective exercise of their citizenship rights and responsibilities. The class structure will involve significant discussion, debate, and analysis of current legal issues and practical applications of the law. The goal of this class is to empower students with the skills and perspectives to become active participants in a democratic society.
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Peace & Conflict Studies

T59012

This course will examine the theme of peace and conflict over recent world history. The intent of this course is to encourage students to understand the causes of world conflict, and how the actions of individuals and countries can create peace. Tragic events such as World War II, which produced the Holocaust in the 20th century, will be studied to analyze the causes of such conflicts. Students will be encouraged to use their knowledge of the cause of conflict to research a contemporary social issue and design a social activism project that will require them to help make the world a better place in which to live. In this way, students in this course are encouraged to authentically engage in the process of creating a more peaceful, just world. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate.
Level: 10,11,12,
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

ECONOMICS STRAND

Economics

T60011, T60012

Tthe successful completion of this course will meet the consumer economics graduation requirement. This course is highly recommended for all students who have a curiosity about wealth: how it is accumulated, distributed, and circulated through the American economic system. Emphasis is placed on an examination and explanation of current economic trends and conditions. Topics covered include: our economic structure, comparative economic systems, supply and demand, scarcity, production, free-market trade, labor markets, business and market structures, our banking and money system, macroeconomic measures, and investing.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Blended Economics (NNHS only)

T600N1, T600N2

The successful completion of this course will meet the consumer economics graduation requirement. This course is highly recommended for all students who have a curiosity about wealth: how it is accumulated, distributed, and circulated through the American economic system. Emphasis is placed on an examination and explanation of current economic trends and conditions. Topics covered include: our economic structure, comparative economic systems, supply and demand, scarcity, production, free-market trade, labor markets, business and market structures, our banking and money system, macroeconomic measures, and investing. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

AP Micro Economics

T630A1

Weighted
Course Fee
This course gives students an understanding of the principles of economics based on decisions made by individuals. It places primary influence on the nature and functions of individual firms in the product markets and includes the study of factor markets, profit motivation, and the role of government in the business world. Students must take both Macroeconomics and Microeconomics to fulfill the Consumer Economics requirement for graduation. If a student does not require the Consumer Economics credit, both courses will be counted as a Social Studies credit. This course is designed to prepare students for the AP test in Microeconomics; students are expected to take the College Board exam in May. This course is open to Juniors and Seniors only. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Blended AP Micro Economics (NNHS only)

T630T1

Weighted
Course Fee
This course gives students an understanding of the principles of economics based on decisions made by individuals. It places primary influence on the nature and functions of individual firms in the product markets and includes the study of factor markets, profit motivation, and the role of government in the business world. Students must take both Macroeconomics and Microeconomics to fulfill the Consumer Economics requirement for graduation. If a student does not require the Consumer Economics credit, both courses will be counted as a Social Studies credit. This course is designed to prepare students for the AP test in Microeconomics; students are expected to take the College Board exam in May. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components. This course is open to Juniors and Seniors only. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

AP Macro Economics

T620A2

Weighted
Course Fee
This course gives students an understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the economic systems as a whole. This course places particular emphasis on aggregate supply and demand, economic indicators, business cycles, government intervention and the global economy. Successful completion of this course fulfills the Illinois Consumer Economics requirement for graduation. If a student does not require the Consumer Economics credit, both courses will be counted as a Social Studies credit. This course is designed to prepare students for the AP test in Macroeconomics; students are expected to take the College Board exam in May. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate. This course is open to Juniors and Seniors only. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Successful completion of AP Microeconomics.

Blended AP Macro Economics (NNHS only)

T620T2

Weighted
Course Fee
This course gives students an understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the economic systems as a whole. This course places particular emphasis on aggregate supply and demand, economic indicators, business cycles, government intervention and the global economy. Successful completion of this course fulfills the Illinois Consumer Economics requirement for graduation. If a student does not require the Consumer Economics credit, both courses will be counted as a Social Studies credit. This course is designed to prepare students for the AP test in Macroeconomics; students are expected to take the College Board exam in May. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components.This course is open to Juniors and Seniors only. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Successful completion of AP Microeconomics.

SOCIAL SCIENCE/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE STRAND

Sociology

T74011, T74012

This course is presented as an introductory course in the field of social science emphasizing sociology as a discipline. Emphasis is placed on the development of objective and critical thinking and understanding of self and society through the study of interpersonal and inter-group relations and the presentation and discussion of certain major concepts. Topics to be covered include role, status, and personality development; social deviations; social control, the family, social class, mobility, collective behavior; race and ethnic relations; population and ecology; and social movements and social change. The class also utilizes field trips and a series of guest speakers.
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Intro to Psychology

T76011, T76012

Course Fee
The curriculum of this course focuses on human thought and behavior and takes an introductory level behavioral science class. Some units of study in this course include, but not limited to, personality, emotions, sensation, perception, and learning and memory. Students will also explore and engage in learning related to mental health and abnormal psychology. The course content also emphasized the connection between theory and its practical application and utilizes college preparatory objectives as its guidelines.
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Blended Intro to Psychology

T760N1,T760N2

Course Fee
The curriculum of this course focuses on human thought and behavior and takes an introductory level behavioral science class. Some units of study in this course include, but not limited to, personality, emotions, sensation, perception, and learning and memory. Students will also explore and engage in learning related to mental health and abnormal psychology.The course content also emphasized the connection between theory and its practical application and utilizes college preparatory objectives as its guidelines. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components.
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

AP Psychology

T770A1 – T770A2

Weighted
Course Fee
This Advanced Placement course in Psychology provides students with the opportunity to pursue the equivalent of a college course. Students will study the following psychological concepts: psychoanalytic theory, behaviorism, abnormal psychology, critical and scientific experimental research methods, physiological psychology, states of consciousness, developmental psychology, social psychology, and treatments for psychological dysfunctions. The course will allow students to pursue special interests in psychology through projects, activities, classroom presentations, and exposure to the psychological community. In addition to receiving a weighted grade, students are expected to take the College Board AP Psychology exam in May. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Blended Humanities Capstone

T980N1, T980N2

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to fulfill a self-directed inquiry into any aspect of the social sciences. This is a capstone for any strand of study students may pursue within the social studies curriculum. This course will require a sophisticated, college ready use of core standards in making a claim, analytical research, synthesis of resources, and supporting arguments. Students will select and design a course of study in conjunction with a mentoring teacher who will facilitate the production of a final thesis product. Final products can be self-designed as papers, documentaries, galleries, service projects, oral histories, etc. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components. Depending on the student project this course may also be weighted. It will be determined by the instructional coordinator and the instructor. This course is required for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate.
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre-requisite: 6 semesters of Social Studies

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