Port Allegany Jr/Sr High School Counselor

Social Studies

United States & Pennsylvania History                                 year                              1 credit

     This course is designed to give every student a chronological view of the development of the United States from the Civil War to the present.  It is not the purpose of the course to give an in-depth study of this period, but rather to create an interest for a particular segment and segments of the era which the student may pursue on his or her own or in another course.  CP or General.  (Grade 9)

World History                                                                                   year                              1 credit

     Students will study eight significant and recurring themes in historical events.  The eight themes are:

1.   power and authority                                                2.   science and technology

3.   religion and ethical systems                                      4.   empire building

5.   revolution                                                              6.   cultural interaction

7.   interaction with the environment                                8.   economics

     These themes are presented to show that people in America, Europe, Africa, and Asia are more alike than they realize. Throughout history humans have struggled to better themselves and the world around them.  Students will learn that past historical events are precursors to the present and affect the future.  This course will begin with a brief review of the Middle Ages and will focus on the time frame from the European Renaissance to post World War II.  CP or General.  (Grade 10)


Civics and Economics                                                                           year                              1 credit

     This course will cover three (3) subjects in order to prepare 11th grade students for the Keystone Civics exam.

A.  Civics - This course of study will include theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship, its rights and duties; the duties of citizens to each other as members of a political body and to the government.  It will also include the study of civil law, and the study of government with attention to the role of citizens in the operation and oversight of government.

B.American Government - The focus will be on the general principles of the American system of constitutional government. Emphasis is placed upon the organization and functions of the national government, legislative, executive, and judicial.

C.  Economics - The focus will include studies in the following areas:  theories of economics, captalism and free enterprise, supply and demand, how prices are determined in markets, how economic performance is measured, labor and unions, banking, and government regulations.  concepts and utilizing those concepts will be a point of emphasis in addressing a variety of economic questions.