Social Studies

The Cherokee County School District Social Studies curriculum prepares students to become participating citizens of a democratic society in an increasingly interdependent world. Through social studies education students should acquire a continuing interest in their society; develop a respect for the dignity and worth of all persons; and achieve the depth of understanding and loyalty to democratic ideas and the skills necessary to accept responsibilities and rights of citizenships.

Three (3) units of credit are required in social studies: one unit in U.S. history, one unit in world history, one-half unit in government, and one-half unit in economics.

At River Ridge, most core courses are also offered at the honors and/or Advanced Placement levels for students who are willing to pursue the challenge of these rigorous courses. Numerous electives are offered through the department, all of which count as academic electives for the purposes of the HOPE scholarship.

Department Chair for any questions:  Ms. Joy Clarkston —


Courses Offered:

Courses Required for graduation are World History (CP, Honors, AP), US History (CP, Honors, AP), Government (CP and AP) and Economics (CP, AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics).

Course Electives: Human Geography (AP), Psychology (CP and AP), Sociology (CP only)

Course Descriptions:

World History: World History and Civilization provides for a study of selected world cultures, past and present. The content of this course provides a basis for students to compare and analyze patterns of culture, emphasizing both the diversity and commonality of human experience and behavior.

 United States History: Examines the history of the United States beginning with the British settlement of North America. The course’s main focus is the development of the United States in the 18th through 21st centuries. The course includes topics related to Colonization through the Constitution; New Republic and Reconstruction; Industrialization, Reform, and Imperialism; establishment as a World Power; and the Modern Era.

Economics: An introductory course into the principles of economics. The course includes topics related to Fundamental Economic Concepts, Microeconomics Concepts, Macroeconomics Concepts, International Economics, and Personal Finance Economics.

American Government/Civics: An in-depth study of the American political system. This course focuses on the foundation, principles and structure of the American system of government, examines the role of political parties, social factors as they relate to the role of the citizen, and analyzes the decision-making process that are a party of the system of American political behavior.

Psychology: Investigates the principles of psychology, developmental psychology, heredity and environmental aspects of psychology, learning theory, personality, intelligence, social disorders and research methods used in the study of psychology. Integrates and reinforces social studies skills.

Sociology: Investigates principles of sociology, the individual in groups, social institutions, social control and the use of research methods to examine social problems. Integrates and reinforces social studies skills.

AP Human Geography: course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface.

AP Psychology: Covers methods, approaches and the history of psychology as a science, biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning cognition, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal psychology, treatments of psychological disorders and social psychology.

AP Macroeconomics: Covers basic economic concepts, measurement of economic performance, national income and price determination and international economics and growth.

AP Microeconomics: Covers basic concepts, the nature and functions of product markets, factor markets and efficiency, equity and the role of government.

AP World History: Includes the study of cultural, political, social and economic history. Stresses research and writing skills.

AP United States History: Covers discovery and settlement, Colonial Society, the American Revolution, Constitution and the New Republic, Age of Jefferson, Nationalism, Sectionalism, Territorial Expansion, Civil War, Reconstruction, Industrialization, Progressive Era, World War I, Depression, New Deal, World War II, The Cold War, and the Modern times. Stresses research and writing skills.

AP Government and PoliticsUnited States: A course that provides students with the content established by the College Board. Topics include: 1) the sources of public authority and political power, 2) the relationship between state and society, 3) the relationships between citizens and states, 4) political institutions and frameworks, 5) political change, and 6) the comparative method.


Social Studies Instructors:

Britt, Eric Teacher Social Studies
Clarkston, Joy Teacher Social Studies
Davis, Blake Teacher Social Studies
Farist, Ben Teacher Social Studies
Fraser, Samantha Teacher Social Studies
Kealhofer, Matthew Teacher Social Studies
Rice, Matthew Teacher Social Studies
Sand, Ansley Teacher Social Studies
Strassner, Terry Teacher Social Studies
Taylor, Jason Teacher Social Studies