Carteret High School
Social Studies Department
In order to meet the New Jersey graduation requirement, students must take 15 Credits (3 years) to include 5 credits in World History and 10 Credits in United States History; and the integration of civics, economics, geography and global content in all courses.
Sample Courses by Grade
Economics/Financial Literacy (2.5 credits required for graduation – taken any year)
US History I or
US History I Honors
US History II
US History II Honors
AP World History
AP US History
AP Human Geography
or other Social Studies elective
Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management at Rutgers University
Students in the Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management course placed second in the Rutgers University Supply Chain Management competition.
Financial Literacy Trip to Junior Achievement
All high school students are required to take a Financial Literacy course as a graduation requirement. Working with Junior Achievement, students participate in JA Finance Park, a program that introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration. At the culmination of this teacher-led program, students visit JA Finance Park, a realistic on-site or virtual community, to put into practice what they've learned by developing and committing to a personal budget.
Black History Month at CHS
An amazing Black History Month celebration at Carteret High School.
Social Studies Courses
WORLD HISTORY: Grade 9 - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Grade 8 Social Studies.
The World History course chronicles the significant events and issues of civilization from the Age of Global Encounters (1400-1750) to the Modern World Era (1945-present). This course links the past and the present through the exploration of key historical themes. Students employ prior learning to enhance in-depth discussion of past civilizations and their crucial role in the development of our own diverse society and culture. Writing, speaking and listening skills, and interpretation of written documents are integrated through class discussions and oral presentations.
WORLD HISTORY HONORS: Grade 9 - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Grade 8 Social Studies, results of statewide testing,
and teacher recommendation.
The World History Honors course is a rigorous course which explores the significant events and issues of civilization from the Age of Global Encounters (1400-1750) to the Modern World Era (1945-present). Students acquire the strategies necessary to gather, analyze and comprehend information and use critical-thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills to formulate conclusive opinions. The study of geography and interdisciplinary connections relate history to the arts, economics and science enabling students to grasp the interrelationship between and among them. The use of a variety of technologies is integrated throughout the curriculum.
AP WORLD HISTORY: Grades 11 - 12 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of U.S. History I is required to take the Advanced
Placement World History AP exam when it is given in the spring.
This AP course designed to teach students to apply historical thinking skills including the ability to craft arguments from evidence; describe, analyze and evaluate events from a chronological perspective; compare and contextualize historical developments; and analyze evidence, reasoning and context to
construct and understand historical interpretations. The course is a survey of human history from the Paleolithic Age through Modern Times. The AP syllabus allows students multiple opportunities to evaluate numerous documents and resources from thousands of cultures, from every corner of the world. Students who take this course are required to take the Advanced Placement World History exam when it is given in the spring.
U.S. HISTORY I : Grade 10 - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of World History.
The U.S. History I curriculum chronicles the birth of the United States beginning with an analysis of the founding of the first settlements and colonies by European powers in North America. The course continues to examine the advancement of the United States through the 19th century as she develops and strengthens a national identity as well as a role in world affairs. The objectives and competencies include history, geography, economics, civics, science and the arts from a diverse perspective, enabling students to grasp the interrelationship between and among them.
U.S. HISTORY I HONORS: Grade 10 - 5 Credits
Prerequisite/Grade 10: No grade less than “85” in World History Honors OR no grade less than “90“ in World History; recommendation of World History/World History Honors teacher.
The U.S. History I Honors course is a rigorous curriculum designed to challenge students and to help prepare them to pursue AP Social Studies courses. Honors students will be expected to complete research papers, document based assessments and analyze outside readings and primary source documents while following a similar curriculum to US History I.
U.S. HISTORY II: Grade 11 - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of U.S. History I.
Chronicles the development of United States history and culture from the Gilded Age to the present. The course builds upon prior learning from U.S. History I and examines the United States struggle to understand its new role in the ever-changing world both domestically and abroad.
U.S. HISTORY II HONORS: Grade 11 - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: No marking period grade less than “90“ in CP U.S History 1 OR No marking period grade less than "85" in Honors U.S History I; recommendation of US History I/US History I Honors teachers.
U.S. History II Honors offers students the opportunity to study the significant events and developments from the Gilded Age through the present in greater depth. Students will be assigned supplemental readings in order to compare, contrast and evaluate the interpretations of various historians. Assignments will be comprehensive. The ability to analyze and synthesize historical material is essential. A research paper is required; therefore, reference skills and critical-thinking are stressed.
AP US HISTORY: Grade 12 - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: B+ or better in all history classes and teacher recommendation.
This is an online course designed to teach students to apply and use critical-thinking, decision-making and historical problem-solving skills including the ability to craft arguments to formulate conclusive opinions. Students learn how to evaluate primary and secondary source materials, as well as how to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Students will describe, analyze and evaluate geography and interdisciplinary connections; relate history to events from a chronological perspective. The use of a reasoning and context to construct and understand historical variety of technologies is integrated throughout the curriculum. Students who take this course are required to take the Advanced Placement History exam when it is given in the spring.
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY: Grades 9 - 12 - 2.5 Credits
The objective of the course is to provide students with in-depth knowledge of psychology through the study of its history, methods, the brain, human development, and sociocultural influences. The student will have the opportunity to enroll in the Intro course and continue with Psychology (part 2) the following semester.
PSYCHOLOGY: Grades 9 - 12 - 2.5 Credits
Prerequisite: B+ or better in INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY and teacher recommendation.
The objective of the course is to provide students with in-depth knowledge of psychology through the study of cognitive processes, states of consciousness, personality and conflicts, psychological disorders, and therapy. This is the second part of the psychology elective offered at CHS.
SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY: Grades 10 - 12 - 2.5 Credits
This course will focus on the study of how psychology impacts athletic performance. Topics included in this course include competition and cooperation , health and well-being, motivation, stress/anxiety, and performance.
CHILD PSYCHOLOGY: Grades 10 - 12 - 2.5 Credits
This course will focus on the study of how children develop physically, socially, mentally, and emotionally. Topics will include heredity, theories of development (Freud, Erikson, Kohlberg, and Piaget), attachment, parenting styles, learning, and language.
AP PSYCHOLOGY: Grades 11 - 12 - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: B+ or better in all history classes and teacher recommendation.
This is a rigorous course that discusses in-depth information about personal and others' behavior. This series will prepare students to pass the AP Psychology Exam for college credit; it is recommended that students take both courses of the series before taking the exam. It is also recommended that students take an introductory psychology course before enrolling in this series. This is the first course in a two-part Advanced Placement Psychology series (AP PSY 059 and AP PSY 060). Students who take this course are required to take the Advanced Placement Psychology exam when it is given in the spring.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY: Grades 9 - 12 - 2.5 Credits
Through the course lectures, required readings and discussions, students will acquire a fuller understanding about the historical development and social construction of Black America: what African Americans have thought about themselves and the larger society, how they have evolved as a community with a distinct culture from slavery to the twenty first century, and where they may be going as a people.
FINANCIAL LITERACY: Grades 9 - 12 - 2.5 Credits
This course is required for graduation and will emphasize finance, economics, business, and entrepreneurial literacy as it applies to everyday life situations. Personal decision-making regarding budgeting, career choices, investments, loans, and insurance will be covered.
COMICS + AMERICAN HISTORY: Grades 9 - 12 - 2.5 Credits
This semester long history elective covers the evolution of American superheroes and social history. The main goal of the course is to increase the reading and comprehension skills of all students who take the course. Over the last 150 years comic books have been a window to American culture. They reflect language, social issues of the day and problems Americans faced in each major era of American History. Social issues to be covered in the course include Nuclear Power Controversy, Civil Rights Movement, and
Women’s Rights, Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, LGBT issues, Unemployment, The Cold War, Nazism, Counter Culture Movement of the 60s and Beatniks 50’s.
HOLOCAUST/GENOCIDE WESTERN WORLD: Grades 9 - 12 - 2.5 Credits
This semester long elective is based on the New Jersey State Holocaust Commission Curriculum. The course is an intense survey of inter-war Germany, and the conditions that allowed the Nazis to come to power. The course covers the Nazi regime from its beginning , through the end of the war. The elective is broken down into 9 units, which allow the student to gain insight to the many facets of the Holocaust as a crime against humanity. Students will analyze documents, read survivor accounts, conduct internet based activities, and view various films and documentaries on the subject.
HOLOCAUST/GENOCIDE EASTERN WORLD: Grades 9 - 12 - 2.5 Credits
The first unit covers the Rape of Nanking and the war crimes committed by the Japanese armed forces during WWII. The second unit covers the Russian and Soviet Empires from 1500-1990. The course finishes with a review of modern genocides such as Rwanda 1994, the Balkans 1995, Cambodia 1970’s, and Native American Displacement, amongst others. The goal of this course is to discover less talked about genocides, and evaluate America’s roles and responsibilities in international politics, especially in a post 9/11 world.
LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE: Grades 9 - 12 - 2.5 Credits
Interdisciplinary introduction to contemporary Latin America, drawing on films, literature, popular press accounts, and scholarly research. Topics include economic development, ethnic and racial identity, religion, revolution, democracy, transitional justice, and the rule of law. Examples draw on a range of countries in the region, especially Mexico, Chile, and Brazil. Includes a heavy oral participation component, with regular breakout groups, formal class presentations on pressing social issues (such as criminal justice and land tenure), and a structured class debate.
POLITICAL PROPAGANDA I: Grades 9 - 12 - 2.5 Credits
Political Propaganda 1 is a Social Studies based film analysis class which examines the propaganda aspects of films dealing with social issues such as race, capital punishment, gender studies, governmental corruption, the changing structures of the American family, and similar themes. Films are varied with regard to date released, genre, ethnicity of directors, and format.
POLITICAL PROPAGANDA II: Grades 9 - 12 - 2.5 Credits
Political Propaganda 2 is a Social Studies based film analysis class which examines the propaganda aspects of films in the following categories; Political Propaganda of the right and left, the horror/science fiction film as social commentary, socio-political definitions of heroism over the history of the United States, and a series of films on students leaving high school and the problems/solutions/decisions they face in the workplace, college, and the military.
AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY: Grades 9 - 12 - 5 Credits
The Advanced Placement Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use and alteration of Earth’s surface. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards.