The College Prep History program engages students through an integrated approach that emphasizes interconnections between different regions of the world, an examination of primary source documents, and the building of skills that students will need in college and beyond.
A three-year required sequence of courses (Asian Worlds, The Atlantic Worlds, and The U.S. and the World) is designed to deepen students’ understanding of history, strengthen their sophistication of thinking, and build the skills of writing, group work, public speaking, and independent research.
The department also offers a variety of optional electives for juniors and seniors, including American Government and Politics, Ancient and Medieval History, Constitutional Law, Economics, Linguistics, and Social Transformations—Oakland, an applied studies course that includes a six-week summer internship. Through these electives, students learn how historians and social scientists use evidence, construct arguments, relate their findings to the work of other scholars, and examine differing historical and theoretical viewpoints. Students have opportunities to become scholars, reconstructing events as well as constructing their own historical arguments.