Social Studies provides a variety of levels and a diversity of opportunities for students to develop a deeper understanding of the complex and rich history of the United States, as well as the civic responsibilities and workings of the United States Government. In addition, students learn the valuable lessons of economics to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world. As freshmen, students explore the history of Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America through World History and Geography. The Social Studies Department also offers a wide range of electives. The Psychology and Sociology classes allow students an opportunity to research the human mind and human behavior. Current Events and Criminal Law present the possibility of deeply investigating the events that shape our world today and the laws that govern our interactions. Also, the Social Studies department offers the unique chance to study the judicial system through the Mock Trial program. Finally, the Social Studies departments creates the opportunity for students to choose the level that fits their interest and skills by providing multiple Advanced Placement classes that present the chance to gain valuable critical thinking development and the chance to gain college credit. In addition, the Pre-AP program will prepare students to enter the AP classes with the skills to challenge themselves and attain greater success.