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Classes and Curriculum
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Prerequisites: World Studies and US History, 3.0+ GPA in INS courses to take H/A level courses


AP courses: With the exception of AP GOV, AP courses can only be taken if the Civics requirement has been met or is in progress.


Civics is a one semester course that ALL juniors must enroll in.


AP Human Geography is an intensive course that will explore the systematic study of geography as it relates to the concept of humans and their systematic interactions and the environmental consequences. Through the nature of geography as a discipline, this course will comprehensively explore ideas, models and theories that explain characteristics of location, place, human environmental interaction, movement and regions that exist in our world.  


Take this course if:


1.        You are interested in Sociology, Politics, Agriculture, Urban Planning, learning about different cultures/religions, etc.  

2.        You have an A in a regular Soc. Studies course or an A or B Honors course.




The AP Psychology course is a rigorous course designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. The course and exam in AP psychology is equivalent to an introductory college course in psychology. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Those subfields include, biological, psychodynamic, developmental, behavioral, cognitive, social, and humanistic. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.


You should take this class if:


1.       You want to develop a deeper understanding of how the human and animal minds work.

2.       You have a desire to explain your own behavior and the behavior of those around you.

3.       You plan on having a job in the future or interacting with people at any point in your life.

4.       You have good time management skills.



The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States History. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance— and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. 


Take this course if:

1.       You want to delve deep into the history of this country and develop your skills as a persuasive writer.

2.       You want to improve your writing and analytical skills.

3.       You will be an AVID sophomore with special approval or a DP-Bound sophomore.



This course is offered with and without the Civics option

An analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States.  The course will include both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples.  Students will gain familiarity with the institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that constitute American politics. 



Take this course if:


1.       You have a strong interest in the workings of American government and the "ins and outs" of the world of politics.

2.       You wish to have the opportunity to acquire college credit while still a student at Taft.

3.       Course meets the Civics requirement without an additional semester course.



Must have completed or have in progress the Civics requirement

This course begins by examining the rich history and contributions of early Americans of the region south of the US prior to European contact. We will also take an in depth look at the impact that European colonization had on this region and the legacies that Europe left after Latin American countries achieved independence. We will then examine the role that the US has played and continues to play in Latin American countries. We will also study this region by not only acknowledging the stories of the winners, but by also acknowledging the contributions of WOMEN, WORKING CLASS, POOR, INDIGENOUS, AFRICANS, AND EUROPEANS. 


Take this course if:


1.       You want to critically examine the current conditions of Latin Americans.

2.       You want to learn about the identity of our neighbors to the South.

3.       You want to learn about the contributions to American history that are usually ignored.


Two year commitment that requires additional course to meet Civics requirement


In studying this course students will come to appreciate how anthropology as a discipline contributes to an understanding of contemporary issues, such as war and conflict, the environment, poverty, injustice, inequality and human and cultural rights. The study of social and cultural anthropology offers critical insight into the continuities as well as dynamics of social change and the development of societies, and challenges cultural assumptions. Students undertaking this course will have the opportunity to become acquainted with anthropological perspectives and ways of thinking, and to develop critical, reflexive knowledge.  

Take this course if:


1.       You love learning about other cultures and you’re prepared to commit to a two year course.

2.       You are interested in developing your critical thinking skills while understanding anthropological perspectives and ways of thinking.

3.       You’re interested in recognizing preconceptions and assumptions of you own social and cultural environment by exploring both the familiar and unfamiliar worlds of other people.



IBDP Students ONLY


The IBDP history promotes an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations. The course fosters an understanding of major historical events in a global context. Students will make comparisons between similar and dissimilar solutions to common human situations, whether they be political, economic or social. It invites comparisons between, but not judgments of, different cultures, political systems and national traditions.

Take this course if:


1.      You’re an IBDP student.

2.      You are interested in 20th century history.

3.      You want to gain a better understanding of the present through critical reflection upon the past.


Must have completed or have in progress the Civics requirement

This course studies one of one of this country’s most important regions: the Midwest. Our laboratory is right outside the doors of this school. This survey of Chicago will focus on, but also transcend its written history, by exploring many dimensions of the rich and compelling legacy it has produced. We have at our disposal an amazing array of firsthand sources: people, historic sites, buildings, monuments, institutions, infrastructure, cemeteries, and neighborhoods. Chicago serves as a fine case study for understanding urban settings throughout the world, reflecting the complexities and challenges posed by large cities and the populations that inhabit them. The city’s geography, growth, industrialization, immigration, politics, and problems will be discussed. The course also examines current trends including long-term urban sustainability.


Take this course if:


1.       You are a junior or senior who wants to learn more about this city, its people, and problems since this is the game board upon which you play.

2.       You want to delve deep into the secrets of history, geography and sociology.




World geography explores human and physical characteristics of the world. The course explores modern issues.


Take this course if:


1.       You want to understand the relationship between the environment and humans

2.       You want to improve your reading and writing skills



This course studies race and ethnic relations in the US through the lens of major issues: racism (structural and institutionalized), discrimination, privilege, and immigration/migration. The course also examines the role that media outlets play in creating messages that work towards eliminating or perpetuating racism. Through close analysis of historical events and social issues, the goal of the class is for students to feel accountable in helping create a more just society in the United States. In this course, students learn how to examine the world so they can create change. 


Take this course if:


1.       You want to understand how our past relates to the present.

2.       You are interested in discussing current events.

3.       You are curious about how the media influences our thinking.



A course for students looking for a more in depth look at the economics of consumer .education.  In this class we will talk about insurance, buying a car, buying a house, loans, investment, among other things that will allow you to lead a fiscally responsible life. 



You should take this class if:


1.        You are curious about how to wisely spend your money.

2.        You want to learn to budget.

3.        You want to gain life skills that will. help you manage your money wisely. 



Psychology is designed to introduce students to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes of humans and other animals. When applied to humans, psychology covers what we think, feel and do. In this class students will continue to develop their critical thinking and communications skills through the research and discussion of relevant topics in psychology.


You should take this class if:


1.       You want to explore how the human and animal minds work.

2.       You have a desire to apply the material from class to explain your own behavior and the behavior of those around you.

3.       You plan on interacting with people at any point in your life through your job, relationships, children, or just out there living your life.



R ELL Economics

This course will introduce the basic principles of economic systems: traditional, command, and market system. Students will be able to get a better understanding of how each system operates and what are the advantages and disadvantages of the systems. This class will also prepare students to make wise financial decisions. They will explore different ways of saving and investing money, as well as using consumer credit wisely. In addition to the above students will investigate different forms of business, such as sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation. This course will also discuss global issues and concerns, such as the effects of globalization.

Take this course if:


1.       You are curious to expand your knowledge about Economic systems.

2.       You want to know how to manage your finances wisely.

3.       You want to learn about different business opportunities.

4.       You are concern about global issues.

R ELL Popular Cultures

This course is designed to help ELL students understand American culture. They will compare/contrast elements of their own culture with American culture. In this class students will expand their knowledge about: xenophobia, ethnocentrism, racism, stereotypes, and prejudice. In addition to the above students will explore elements of American popular culture; for example the history of music genres, such as blues, jazz, and rock-‘n’-roll.

Take this course if:


1.       You want to get a better understanding of the American culture.

2.       You want to learn about history of popular music genres.

3.       You are interested in exploring how cultural stereotypes can affect society.


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