Blue Mountain Academy’s Social Studies Department includes a variety of history classes as well as a class in Psychology.
Psychology – 5 credits
Introduction to Psychology is a social science course that focuses on the vocabulary and concepts of modern psychology. Psychology is a systematic, scientific study of observable behaviors and responses, as well as mental processes. This course will delve into the history of psychology and the different approaches to the study of human behavior. All concepts from the textbook will be interpreted through a Christian perspective.
United States Government – 5 credits
The American system of government is extremely dynamic. Change/growth, adaptability, and innovation are basic elements of its character. It is fast paced and exciting. People give their lives for it, and are even willing to die to insure a democratic form of government. While its fundamental principles and basic structure have remained constant over time, many of its characteristics have changed. This course will examine the basic history of American Government and the elements of change, and apply this knowledge to today’s headlines.
United States History – 10 credits
This course emphasizes the recurrent theme (i.e., growth of national unity; diversity of the population; development of democratic institutions, etc.) prevalent throughout the chronological development of the United States. Beginning with the European roots that founded the American colonies, the course will bring the student sequentially to the study of contemporary America.
United States History (Advanced Placement/Dual Enrollment) – 10 credits
This college level course is offered to college-bound students and is taken in place of United States History. It covers a complete and comprehensive study of the history of the United States. Students will learn how to analyze historical documents and write SA’s based on that information. Students who pass the national exam with a qualifying score may receive credit for up to two college courses. Students may opt to take advantage of our Dual Enrollment program through Reading Area Community College. Students in this program who receive a grade of C or higher, will be granted six semester hours of credit on a college transcript. Advanced course prerequisites apply.
Western Civilization (Honors/Dual Enrollment) – 10 credits
This college level course is offered to college bound students, and is taken in place of World History. This class will focus on the history of world civilization, covering Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, Medieval Europe, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Industrial Age to the present. Students may opt to take advantage of our Dual Enrollment program through Reading Area Community College. Students in this program who receive a grade of C or higher, will be granted six semester hours of credit on a college transcript. Advanced course prerequisites apply.
World History – 10 credits
This course emphasizes world history from ancient to modern times. Grades are given on tests, quizzes, daily homework, and projects. Objectives are to give each student a general background of world history and a look at a variety of cultures.