Social Studies

red arrow FRESHMAN CIVICS 206

Through the study of civics, government, and the economy, students will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become responsible and effective citizens in an interdependent and interconnected world. Students will need a practical understanding of these systems that affect their lives as consumers and citizens.

Prerequisite: None

Length of course: One year (every other day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ADVANCED FRESHMAN CIVICS 207

This course examines themes, privileges, configuration, and economic systems that affect the life of a citizen in the United States political system. Students will also be able to identify some of the challenges in United States foreign policy and other issues facing Americans as well as understand their role as citizens at all levels of government and in the world today. This course is taught mainly through discussions and readings.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Length of course: One year (every other day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow WORLD HISTORY / SOPHOMORE 210

The class will examine the rise of the European nations and the impact their struggles had on the world. Topics will include the English monarchy, Advanced renaissance, the French Revolution, Napoleon, China and Japan and the Russian tsars. The semester ends with a study of the Industrial, Scientific, and Cultural Revolutions. The historic events of the 20th century will be explored. Topics include WWI and WWII. The course has an introductory look at America's influence on the world scene and look at post WWII histories of many different countries.

Prerequisite: Required for sophomores not in Advanced World History/Soph

Length of course: One year (every other day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ADVANCED WORLD HISTORY / SOPHOMORE 212

This class will cover the same topics as the regular class, but at an accelerated pace. Emphasis will continue to be placed on writing, outside readings, and research techniques. Testing will be exclusively by essay.

Prerequisite: Student must have at least an 88%-B average in Advanced Civics/Freshman and/or instructor recommendation

Length of course: One year (every other day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow AMERICAN STUDIES / JUNIOR 221

The class will examine American politics, society, and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries.  This course will include the development of domestic and foreign policy, urban and social reform, and industrial America.  Students will learn if the United States has been true to its founding ideals.

Prerequisite: Required for all juniors not enrolled in Advanced American Studies.

Length of course: One year (Every other day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ADVANCED AMERICAN STUDIES / JUNIOR 222

Advanced American Studies will be a co-taught course that fulfills junior level English and History requirements.  Students will meet every day for the course, but alternating days for History and English. Students will learn about history and writing using historical novels; therefore, both classes will cover the same themes and time periods while meeting the core requirements set forth by the state of Illinois and Gibault Catholic High School for junior History and junior English.  Students will be required to complete assignments for both courses, receiving a separate History and English grade, as well as some joint and overlapping projects

Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation

Length of course: One year (Alternating days, English and History)

Credit: 1.0 History and 1.0 English


red arrow PSYCHOLOGY 260

This course will acquaint the student with a general knowledge of psychology in a scientific manner. The student will come to an understanding of behavior from the many different points of view: physical, emotional, cognitive, social and moral. The student will also be introduced to periodical literature on various topics covered. *Offered alternate years with course #261

Prerequisite: Seniors

Length of course: One semester (every other day)

Credit: 0.25


red arrow GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 260

This course is an introduction to psychology, which is the study of the mind, brain, and behavior. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the science of psychology, how people function in society, and human behavior. This course provides basic knowledge of the discipline of psychology and an introduction to the key concepts and principles of psychology.

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior

Length of course: One semester (Alternating days) – Semester 1

Credit: 0.25


red arrow GLOBAL CONNECTIONS 262

This course is a semester study of relationships, problems, disputes, and controversies that exist among the nations of the world.  Students will reflect on and evaluate cultures other than their own.  Additionally, students will develop a better understanding of global cultures and world views.  This course will enhance knowledge of human cultures, their interactions and impacts on the world.

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior

Length of course: One semester (Alternating days) – Semester 2

Credit: 0.25


red arrow HISTORY OF UNITED STATES TO 1865 – SLU CREDIT COURSE FOR JUNIORS 270

Semester 1: History of United States to 1865; SLU course: HSX260 / CO US 1865A This course is taught mainly through discussion of readings. There will be a 10-page written research paper assigned. This course starts with a detailed discussion of American Indians and ends with modern America. Students must register for BOTH semesters. Students are responsible for purchasing their own book.

Prerequisite: Junior standing and departmental approval. Minimum 3.0 GPA

Length of course: Two semesters (every other day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow HISTORY OF UNITED STATES SINCE 1865 – SLU CREDIT COURSE FOR JUNIORS 271

Semester 2: History of United States since 1865; SLU course: HSX260 / CO US 1865B This course is taught mainly through discussion of readings. There will be a 10-page written research paper assigned. This course starts with a detailed discussion of American Indians and ends with modern America. Students must register for BOTH semesters. Students are responsible for purchasing their own book.

Prerequisite: Junior standing and departmental approval. Minimum 3.0 GPA

Length of course: Two semesters (every other day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ORIGINS OF MODERN WORLD THROUGH 1500 – SLU CREDIT COURSE FOR SENIORS 272

The first semester course includes a study of early civilizations, the classical world, and the medieval world. Emphasis throughout the course is on increasing European awareness of contact with the rest of the world. Students are responsible for purchasing their own book.

Prerequisite: Senior standing and departmental approval. Minimum 3.0 GPA

Length of course: One year (every other day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ORIGINS OF MODERN WORLD TO PRESENT – SLU CREDIT COURSE FOR SENIORS 273

The second semester covers the transition period of the Renaissance and Reformation, significant events in the early modern world, and in the contemporary world. Emphasis throughout the course is on increasing European awareness of contact with the rest of the world. Students are responsible for purchasing their own book.

Prerequisite: Senior standing and departmental approval. Minimum 3.0 GPA

Length of course: One year (every other day)

Credit: 1.0