Frequently asked questions

Our school offers a semester-long U.S. history course. How many years of U.S. history must this course cover to earn approval in the "a" subject area?

U.S. history courses seeking approval in the history / social science ("a") subject area must cover at least 200 years of history. This holds for both semester-long and yearlong courses.

Courses in U.S. history that cover less than 200 years of history can be submitted for "a-g" approval in the elective ("g") subject area.

Can a student use two semester-long courses to satisfy the one year world history, cultures and historical geography requirement?

Yes, students may use two semester-long courses to satisfy the one year world history, cultures and historical geography requirement; and the courses can focus on different topics from world history, cultures and geography. For example, a student can take a semester-long Ancient Civilizations course together with a semester-long World Geography course to satisfy this one year requirement.

Are economics courses approved in the history / social science ("a") subject area?

Courses in economics are only approved in the elective ("g") subject area. A course with an historical approach to economics could be approved in the "a" subject area if it meets the history / social science ("a") course criteria.