The Social Studies department offers a wide range of courses, both required and elective, in order to appeal to the varied interests of our students. Freshmen students have the opportunity to choose either Western Civilization or Non-Western Cultures while sophomores must take Civics and United States History I. At the junior level, students must take United States History II but this course is offered in a variety of formats ranging from Advanced Placement and Early College Experience to basic levels according to a student's needs. Sophomores through seniors are offered a wide range of electives including Connecticut and Local History, Contemporary Issues, American Studies II, Modern Europe, Psychology, Sociology and American Law. Qualified students may earn college credits through either our Advanced Placement or Early College Experience courses which are offered in conjunction with the University of Connecticut. It is the department's goal to provide our students with a wide variety of courses that creates or enhances an already existing interest in the humanities. The department specifically focuses on the skills of critical reading, research and writing in order to better prepare our student for either the college experience or the skilled professions.