Upper School history students master a wide variety of skills, such as recognizing, analyzing, and critiquing trends, patterns, and causal relationships in history.
By reading both primary and secondary sources, students begin to recognize both bias and disparity. Students are taught skills necessary to produce term or position papers. Techniques of debate, oral reporting and group discussions are also emphasized.
The course sequence includes world history in ninth and tenth grades, United States History (through either a Survey or Topics approach) in eleventh grade, and a semester of Civics in either eleventh or twelfth grade. The department also offers a wide range of elective courses for students to pursue their interests beyond required topics.
Required, ninth and tenth grades
Semester + Intensive Courses
United States History
Two terms required, eleventh grade
Available as elective courses to twelfth grade
- Survey of United States History
- Topics in United States History: Current Events
- Topics in United States History: Gender and Sexuality
- Topics in United States History: Native American Lives and Voices
- Topics in United States History: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
- Topics in United States History: War and Peace
One semester required, eleventh or twelfth grade
Electives offer opportunities for students to pursue their interests beyond the core program. Each elective requires students to study a specific field of history containing a rich diversity of issues. This way, students work toward the department's goals regardless of the course taken.