Yearlong History Courses

World History I

This course takes a thematic approach to the study of pre-modern world history and is a vital precursor to students’ later history courses at Lake Forest Academy. Topics that will be explored in this course include comparative religions, economics, political science, human and physical geography, sociology, anthropology, and archaeology. Students will also be exposed to research and writing skills that will be valuable for further history study. This course is designed for 9th grade students. [One credit.]

World History II

This course examines the history of the world from 1500 to the present, especially the nature and transformation of civilizations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Through class work, reading, essay writing, and research, students explore the interaction between these regions, competing economic and political systems, developing nationalism and the rise of the West, and industrial capitalism. Students do not need to have taken World History I to enroll in this course. This course is not open to 9th grade students. [One credit.]

AP World History

This course examines the history of the world from 8000 B.C.E to present. The purpose of the course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. The course is built around six overarching themes: patterns and impacts of interactions among major societies, change and continuity across world history, impact of technology and demography, systems of social structure and gender structure, cultural and intellectual developments, and changes in functions and structures of states. Additionally, the course emphasizes the use of analytical reading and writing skills, a critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources, analysis of historiography, oral presentations, and discussion groups. Furthermore, this course stresses student-centered learning. This course is recommended for sophomores who have earned a B+ or higher in their previous year’s English class and an A- or higher in their previous year’s History course. [Prerequisite: Departmental approval. One credit.]

U.S. History

This course surveys the history of the United States from the pre-Columbian period to the present, including the colonial period, national independence, slavery, the Civil War, urbanization and industrialization, the expanded role of the federal government, and the involvement of the United States overseas. Students review the U.S. Constitution and the operation of federal and state governments, and explore the experiences of women, workers, and ethnic and racial minorities. In addition to traditional unit tests, students also engage in debates, presentations, historical role playing, and creative projects. The year culminates with a major research paper on a topic of their choice. This course is recommended for juniors and seniors. [Prerequisite: World History II or AP World History. One credit.]

AP U.S. History

This course covers similar topics to those in U. S. History but examines them in greater depth and devotes more time to considering changing historical interpretations. Instead of completing a single, large research paper, as is required in U.S. History, students in this course conduct smaller research projects throughout the year. This course also devotes time to preparing students for the sorts of essay questions which appear on the AP exam. This course is recommended for juniors and seniors who have earned a B+ or higher in the previous year’s English course and an A- or higher in the previous year’s History course. [Prerequisites: World History II or AP World History and departmental approval. One credit.]

Yearlong Elective - AP Economics

This course is a college-level class that introduces students to the principles of economics and their application and relevance to current public policy issues. Students examine the development of the contemporary global economy and are introduced to the theoretical tools that help them analyze important economic and business issues. These tools include both micro- and macro-economic theory, which the students use to solve economic problems and construct a research paper on the international economy. In the second semester, students will study the organization of markets, theory of the firm, theories of economic development, and the role of governments in all areas of the global economy. Special attention is given to contemporary development concerns, such as issues in the economics of health, education, and the environment, as well as to the development of world trade and the expansion of global business. Specific time is also spent on practicing multiple-choice and free response answers in preparation for the AP examinations in micro- and macro-economics. This course is recommended for juniors and seniors who have earned a B+ or higher in their previous year’s history course. [Prerequisite: AP Calculus AB or BC (including concurrent enrollment. One credit.]

Yearlong Elective - AP United States and Comparative Government and Politics

This course introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning to assess caU.S.es and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments. It also introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course U.S.es a comparative approach to examine the political structures, policies, and the political, economic, and social challenges among six selected countries: Great Britain, Mexico, Russia, Iran, China, and Nigeria. Additionally, students examine how different governments solve similar problems by comparing the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues. This course is recommended for juniors and seniors. [Prerequisite: Departmental approval. One credit.]


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