Humanities

English

111, 112 Literature/Composition 9

H, CP | Grade 9 | Credit 1

This course concentrates on the fundamentals of grammar and composition, vocabulary, literary terms, and genres. Students read literature based on universal themes and study a novel and play in depth. Through the reading and writing of expository, narrative and persuasive essays, students focus on sentence structure, paragraph development, and source citations. Students explore the fundamentals of research writing using MLA format and style. Students study and apply usage, mechanics, and vocabulary in the context of readings.

103 Academic Cognitive Enrichment

CP | Grade 9, 10 11 | Credit 1

This course strives to enrich the students’ academic cognitive abilities by focusing on improving academic skills, remediation, class work, study skills, time management, organizational skills, and test-taking strategies. During this course students participate in a lesson, determined by their individual education plan, and devoted to improving the areas in which they need the most help.

113 English

CP  Grade 9 | Credit 1

Individual instruction, tutoring, and small class sizes enable the student to challenge herself and find comfort in the learning environment. Students participate in an in-depth study of the fundamentals of composition, grammar, and literature. A variety of literature is read, supplementing reading and writing skills. Composition concentrates on sentence structure, paragraph development, and essay writing.

121, 122, 123 American Literature/Composition 10

H, CP | Grade 10 | Credit 1

This course surveys American Literature from the Colonial Period to Modern Times. Students examine the historical impact of each literary movement. Students review grammar, usage, mechanics, and vocabulary within the context of readings. Applying and expanding skills learned in English 9, students write a variety of essays evaluating and reviewing works of literature, including a research paper incorporating source citations, and MLA format and style.

131, 132, 133 British Literature/Composition 11

H, CP | Grade 11 | Credit 1

This course encompasses literature written from the Anglo-Saxon Period of England to the 21st Century. Students read a variety of selections while examining the historical impact each period had on literature. Students master vocabulary words and review grammar, usage, and mechanics within the context of the readings. Students apply previously learned research skills and MLA format and style to a research paper.

141, 142, 143 World Literature/Composition 12

H, CP | Grade 12 | Credit 1

This course immerses students in cultures from around the world through literature. Through the study of ancient cultures, the Greek theatre, and modern literature, students explore intercultural dialogue in the modern world. Students employ critical reading skills, increase knowledge in vocabulary, and practice writing skills needed to write a variety of essays and a research paper. Students review and use the MLA format and style in all writings.

148 Advanced English Language and Composition

AP | Grade 11 | Credit 1

AP English Language and Composition is an academically rigorous course that focuses on the development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing and the rhetorical analysis of 9 nonfiction texts, all of which prepare students to take the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Exam in the spring.

PREREQUISITE:

An “A” average in 121, Honors American Literature is needed with permission from the current English teacher AP Test fee may apply This course prepares students for advanced course work in writing styles and in critical reading. Students read and analyze a variety of texts, and write about them in an appropriate style. The course centers on argumentative, analytical and synthesis essays, employing critical thinking and personal reflection. Students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement Exam in English Language.

149 Advanced English Literature and Composition

AP | Grade 12 | Credit 1

This course examines a wide range of literary genres including the novel, short story, poetry, and drama. Students are expected to participate actively in class discussions and to develop original critical essays about literature. Students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement Exam in English Literature and Composition.

PREREQUISITE:
Students who register for the course should have an “A” average in British Literature and permission from their current English teacher
AP Test fee may apply

153 Yearbook

CP | Grade 11 and 12 | Credit 1

This course promotes skills in basic journalism, including but not limited to, layouts, headlines, captions, photography, and copywriting. The course concludes with the completion of The Troubadour, the annual yearbook. All students adhere to yearbook procedures including deadlines. Some members serve as editors taking on a teaching role in the class. Editors must be able to work after school to meet deadlines.

PREREQUISITE:
B or higher in English

160 Creative Writing

CP | Grades 11, 12 | Credit 0.5, 1 Semester

This course strengthens creative writing skills while providing an overview of creative genres. Students read various genres of literature to serve as examples of well-written works. Acquiring and practicing positive critiquing methods is an essential part of this class.

PREREQUISITE:
B or higher in English

161 Creative Non-Fiction Writing

CP | Grades 11, 12 | Credit 0.5, 1 Semester

This course provides an overview on a variety of non-fiction genres, teaches positive critiquing methods, and allows time for students to concentrate on areas of particular interest. Reading of the various non-fiction genres is included to serve as examples of well-written works.

PREREQUISITE:
B or higher in English

164 Contemporary Literature & Expression

CP | Grades 11, 12 | Credit 1

This course introduces students to the modern era through the use of different types of literature. In the study of modern novels, poetry, graphic novels, journalism, and theatre, students garner an appreciation and understanding of contemporary literature. Students employ critical reading skills, practice writing skills, heavily utilize personal expression based upon literature, and attain a firmer knowledge of today’s world. Students also write a variety of essays both analytic and creative. 

Social Studies

211, 212, 213 World Civilization 1

H, CP | Grade 9 | Credit 1

This course covers the study of major cultural, economic, political, and social events from ancient times through the Renaissance, as well as the geographic settings in which they occurred. Students investigate the rise and fall of empires and the development of nation states. A correlation is made between past events and the modern world. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, deductive reasoning, independent research, writing skills, and primary sources.

221, 222, 223 US History

H, CP | Grade 10 | Credit 1

This course is an integrated survey of the development of our nation and it examines the historical, political, social, religious, constitutional, and geographic aspects of the United States, emphasizing research skills, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning. Writing and other independent work is expected of each student.

PREREQUISITE:
Successful completion of World Civilization 1

231, 232, 233 United States (US) Government

H, CP  | Grade 11 | Credit 1

This course looks at the English origins of our federal, state, and local governments. An examination is made of the what, how, and why of the changes that have occurred in the formation of our present American system of government. Students evaluate how our government works through participation in real world applications and simulations that help to analyze different aspects of democracy. Being a good citizen and an effective member of a participating democracy is
stressed throughout the course. Students learn independent research, critical thinking, in-depth writing, and constitutional development.

PREREQUISITE:
Successful completion of US History and recommendation of teacher

245 AP US History

AP  | Grade 10 | Credit 1

This course is an integrated survey of the development of our nation. Students examine the historical, political, social, religious, constitutional, and geographic aspects of the United States. Students learn the development of independent research skills, as well as critical thinking, and deductive reasoning through primary and secondary sources. This course involves extensive writing and other independent work. Upon successful completion of this course, students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement U. S. History Exam.

PREREQUISITE:
Recommendation of current teacher
AP test fee may apply

230 AP Government

AP | Grade 11, 12 | Credit 1

This course includes the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. Students become acquainted with a variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. Upon completion of this course, students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement Exam in Government and Politics.

PREREQUISITE:
Recommendation of current teacher
AP test fee may apply

264, 260 Contemporary International Issues

H, CP | Grades 11 and 12 | Credit 1

This course is designed to broaden students’ awareness of current issues facing the world. Through the use of current events, students become acquainted with topics such as genocide, human rights, the environment, terrorism, immigration, and health issues. The global impact as well as the impact on United States’ policy decisions are taken into consideration as students examine a variety of current, primary, and secondary source readings on the subjects.

272 Twentieth Century United States

CP | Grade 11, 12 | Credit 0.5

This course surveys the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century in United States History. It covers topics such as World War I, World War II, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the war on terrorism, and their effects on society and the nation, as well as the many cultural and economic changes of the times. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, independent research, deductive reasoning, and writing skills.

PREREQUISITES:
Successful completion of World Civilization, U.S. History, and Government

250 Advanced Introduction to Psychology (Offered through Anne Arundel Community College)

Grades 11, 12 | Credit 0.5 high school credits (TCHS) Credit 3 college credits (AACC) 

This college level course introduces major psychological theories, concepts and related current research findings. Topics include learning, psychological bases of behavior, motivation and emotions, human development, personality and abnormal behaviors.

PREREQUISITE:
Current history teacher’s approval AACC Tuition applies 

251 Advanced Abnormal Psychology (Offered through Anne Arundel Community College)

Grades 11, 12 | Credit 0.5 high school credits (TCHS) Credit 3 college credits (AACC)

This college level course covers the psychology of mental disorders, including their causes, symptoms, and treatment. Some of the disorders covered include schizophrenia, anxiety, mood and personality disorders. 

PREREQUISITE:
Successful completion of course 250 AIP, and approval of Social Studies teacher

254 Introduction to Psychology

CP | Grades 11, 12 | Credit 1

This psychology course covers human motivation and the reason for our behavior. The course examines different psychological disorders, various theorists, and their theories for human behavior. The students also study the latest methods used in treating various mental health disorders.

274 Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

CP | Grades 11, 12 | Credit 0.5

This Social Studies elective course explores the history of Anti-Semitism, and the events leading to the Holocaust. It also analyzes current Anti-Semitism in the world. This course is designed to break down barriers between the Catholic and Jewish faiths. Students are expected to analyze primary and secondary sources and to rely on research, deductive reasoning, and writing skills.