Social Studies

As teachers committed to preparing students for college, the Social Studies Department strives to facilitate students in strengthening their critical thinking skills through a diverse curriculum based on 21st Century skills.

Mr. Anderson and two students at the Rev War Days

The goal of the social studies is not only to present the longterm effects of historical events, the importance of economic decisions, the development of our government, and the varied perspectives of the country and world, but also to provide students with tools necessary in developing strong and ethical decision-making skills. Through a combination of self-guided projects, class presentations, in-depth reading assignments, and persuasive writing, students in the Social Studies will enhance their ability to develop alternatives, consider varied perspectives, and articulate their findings with supportive evidence.

In compliance with the rigor of the Common Core standards, social studies programs have a responsibility to prepare young people to better identify, understand, and work to solve the difficult questions our increasingly diverse and interdependent world faces today. We are committed to challenging each student’s heart and mind in the Holy Cross tradition with the goal of becoming a compassionate individual and a lifelong learner. 

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Internship Opportunities

History Majors in Museum Work

  1. Historic Fort Laurens
  2. William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum
  3. Hale Farm and Village
  4. MAPS Air Museum
  5. Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
  6. Summit County Historical Society

Archaeology/Anthropology Majors

1. Summit Metro Parks – Cultural Resource Management

History Majors in Politics

  1. Stow Municipal Court
    Mr. Rick Klinger
  2. Barberton Municipal Courthouse
    Ms. Lisa Miller, Law Director
  3. U.S. Senator Rob Portman
  4. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
  5. U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs
    Ms. Katie Lewis
  6. U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez
  7. U.S. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge
  8. U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan
    Ms. Debbie Hayes
  9. Ohio House of Representatives
    Jennifer Tock
  10. Ohio Senators
    Wendy Estes

History Majors in Theater

  1. Trumpet in the Land

History Majors in Library Sciences and Special Collections

  1. Akron-Summit County Public Library (Main Branch Downtown)
    Mary Plazo

Social Studies Course Offerings

World Cultures

The first semester of the course focuses on Western Civilization and examines events from the earliest civilizations to the beginning of the 20th Century, laying the foundation for an in depth analysis of the world, yesterday and today. The second semester of the course focuses on events around the world in the 20th century, with students addressing topics regarding Africa, the Middle East, East Asia, and Latin America. Students will use a variety of sources to examine current events, analyzing world dilemmas in search for valid solutions. The course includes a diverse mix of assessments that ask students to create and present their own product and perspective based on research. Ultimately, students will learn the tools necessary for making logical and ethical decisions.

One Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 050201

 

Mysteries of the Ancient World

The class will focus on Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient China, the Ancient Mayan and Incan Empires, and the Ancient Indians of North America. In studying these civilizations, students will not only gain knowledge of these civilizations, their impact, and contribution to the modern world, while learning and developing the skills necessary to become a historian. Students will work towards gaining mastery in note-taking and study skills, as well as writing persuasively and concisely. The course will use alternative methods of assessment, such as presentation and real-life application. Ultimately, the skills used will prepare students for future courses at Hoban.

One Semester (Grades 9 and 10) Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 050701

Hometown Histories

Hometown Histories uses Northeast Ohio’s history, its people, and current events as a medium for students to strengthen their research, reading, writing, and human interaction skills. Students will have the opportunity to study and engage with the world around them. The course will include student-organized interviews of local experts, personal history investigation, podcast development, and an independent study project exploring an aspect of their local community

One Semester (Grades 9 and 10) Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 050601

U.S. History - Colonialization to the Present

This course develops the student’s knowledge of the people and events that helped to shape the social, political, economic, and religious institutions in America. Students, through the process of analysis, will gain a better understanding of how history affects the decisions and decision-makers of today. A basic goal of this class is to make students aware of the importance of being active participants in our democratic society. Geography will be taught in conjunction with the concepts of Manifest Destiny, Imperialism and the emergence of the United States as a world power.

Two Semesters (Grade 11) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 050301

ACC U.S. History

This is a college level course that focuses on developing the student’s knowledge of the people and events that helped to shape the social, political, economic, and religious institutions in America. Students will develop their primary source document analysis and writing skills in this course. Through their reading and analysis of primary source documents they will gain a better understanding of how history affects the decisions and decision-makers of today. A basic goal of this class is to make students aware of the importance of being active participants in our democratic society. Geography will be taught in conjunction with the concepts of Manifest Destiny, Imperialism and the emergence of the United States as a world power. This course is divided into two semesters. First semester looks at Colonization to the end of the Civil War and is available for 3 college credits. Second semester focuses on the Era of Reconstruction to the Modern Era and is also available for 3 college credits.

To receive (ACC), students must meet eligibility criteria, complete course requirements, and pay tuition according to the policies and procedures established by St. Louis University. Families are responsible for this cost. ACC credits transfer to many universities. Check with each university regarding their policies regarding transfer credits

Two Semesters Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 050303

ACC AP U.S. History

Advanced Placement United States History is designed to help students analyze America’s political, economic and social structures, and the people and policies that shaped the modern world. Students study American history from the Age of Exploration to the present. The course will take an in-depth view of America’s role in international affairs past and present. Students will study how the policy makers of today are shaping America’s future. Students will utilize and develop critical thinking skills, primary source analysis and essay writing skills. Students will be encouraged to take the A.P. exam in May.

To receive (ACC), students must meet eligibility criteria, complete course requirements, and pay tuition according to the policies and procedures established by St. Louis University. Families are responsible for this cost. ACC credits transfer to many universities. Check with each university regarding their policies regarding transfer credits.

Prerequisite: Application and approval by the current or previous Social Studies teacher and current English teacher.

Two Semesters (Grade 11) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 050302

ACC AP European History

Advanced Placement European History examines the cultural, economic, political and social events that have been fundamental in shaping the Western world. Students study European history from the Renaissance to modern times, including European interaction with global events. Overall, the goals of the class are to assist the students (a) in developing an understanding of principle themes in modern European History, (b) with the cognitive abilities to analyze and interpret primary source materials and events, while (c) articulating their historical understanding through analysis of primary source documents and essay writing. Students will be encouraged to take the A.P. exam in May.

To receive (ACC), students must meet eligibility criteria, complete course requirements, and pay tuition according to the policies and procedures established by St. Louis University. Families are responsible for this cost. ACC credits transfer to many universities. Check with each university regarding their policies regarding transfer credits.

Prerequisite: Application and approval by the current or previous Social Studies teacher and current English teacher.

Two Semesters (Grades 10, 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 050801

Economics

In this class students examine the origin, growth and decline of various economic systems. Students gain an understanding of basic economic concepts and theory through the study of economists and economic schools of thought. Students analyze economic problems that are a result of an ever-increasing interdependent global economy and pose possible solutions to these problems. The course includes a financial literacy unit that aligns with ODE requirements, college and career readiness, and characteristics of a literate person.

One Semester (Grade 12) Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 050402

U.S. Government

The course explores the development of American government including an analysis of political theories and competing interests represented in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Students will analyze political behavior, governmental institutions, the rule of law, the role of compromise in group decision making and political, personal and civil rights.

One Semester (Grade 12) Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 050401

Honors U.S. Government

Honors U. S. Government will provide students in-depth knowledge of the American political system. The course will explore the development of the American governmental system including a deep analysis of political theory and of special interest groups in the political scene stemming from the Albany Plan of Union of 1754 through the Declaration of Independence, to the Constitution of the United States. Students will study our modern political institutions, the importance of political compromise, as well as the practicality of applying the role of liberty, freedom, and equality to a modern Democratic government. Honors Government builds upon concepts learned in the United States History course.

Prerequisite: Application, essay on U.S. History Semester 1 Exam, teacher recommendation, and minimum of a B in AP U.S. History or A in U.S. History

One Semester (Grade 12)

Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 050403

Archaeology

The focus of Archeology is the importance of archeological work in uncovering the past as well as to engage the class in current archeological digs through field work and research. The class will study archeology of the Ancient World (Greece, Rome, North Africa and China) and then examine both pre-European and post-European archeological work in the United States. Students conduct interviews and hold in-depth conversations with leading archeologists in Ohio and across the country to learn about current dig sites as well as current technology used in conducting archeological research today.

Prerequisite: Application

First semester course offering.

One Semester (Grade 12)

Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 050802

Psychology

This survey course studies human behavior and will examine the six contemporary psychological perspectives: biological, cognitive, humanistic, psychoanalytic, learning and socio-cultural. Major areas covered are growth and development, intelligence learning, memory, emotions, personality, mental illness, psychotherapy, social cognition, and social interaction.

One Semester (Grade 12)

Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 050803

International Politics

This one semester course challenges students to analyze world affairs from different perspectives. Themes include war vs. peace, human rights, nationalism, ethnic and religious extremism, democracy and authoritarianism, immigration, women, electoral systems, political economy, civil society, developing nations, and the various international relations paradigms. The goal is to build an understanding about world events that allows students to develop reasoned solutions to complicated scenarios.

Prerequisite: Application

One Semester (Grades 11 and 12)

Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 050902

ACC Museum Studies

Museum Studies is a second semester course in which Juniors will research a local Revolutionary War veteran and create a historical interpretation of that individual who they will portray during the Revolutionary War Living History Day Program the fall of their Senior year. This is a hands-on research, analysis and presentation course with a focus on historical research, first-person interpretation, writing and museum display creation. A wide variety of technological tools will be utilized in this course in preparing an electronic portfolio and museum display. Students wanting to participate in the Revolutionary War Living History Day Program are required to take this course.

To receive (ACC), students must meet eligibility criteria, complete course requirements, and pay tuition according to the policies and procedures established by St. Louis University. Families are responsible for this cost. ACC credits transfer to many universities. Check with each university regarding their policies regarding transfer credits.

One Semester (Grade 11)

Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 050305

Entrepreneurship

The McCool Center for Entrepreneurial and Leadership Studies offers the Entrepreneurship course so students can learn how to design a new product/service, create a business plan and ultimately open and maintain a successful enterprise. 

Beyond the classroom, students will have multiple opportunities to cultivate new ideas through external competitions, one-on-one time with local entrepreneurs, an entrepreneurship club and an in-school pitch competition judged by a panel of successful Akron entrepreneurs.  

Using the tools available in the Hoban Innovation Center, students will learn to create and design a product/brand, lead and manage a team, and keep track of expenses and revenues when operating a business. The next generation needs leaders and innovators. For Hoban students, their paths will begin by participating in the McCool Center.

One Semester (Grades 11 and 12)

Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No:

Social Studies Department Faculty

Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson

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Daniel Clem

Daniel Clem

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Jason Dzik

Jason Dzik

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Ralph Orsini

Ralph Orsini

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Jack Pecnik

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Margaret Reed

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Robert Yanko

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