History & Social Studies

History & Social Studies

Mr. Robert Haxhi, Department Chair

Room 330       rhaxhi2@waterbury.k12.ct.us


Mr. Michael Drew Ms. Alexandrea Dudley
Ms. Amy Frenis  
Mr. Cazzie Iverson Mr. Matthew Magda
Ms. JoAnn Marabello  
Ms. Elizabeth Musco Mr. Ron Napoli


Social Studies Department Rubrics

Debate               Map          Oral Presentation   

Primary Source

Research Project        Research Paper




History & Social Studies Courses:

9th Grade, Freshman Year 11th Grade, Junior Year
World History United States History III
Ancient History ATOMS Humanites/American Studies
  AP United States History
10th Grade, Sophomore Year 12th Grade, Senior Year
Civics AP Government & Politics
United States History II African American History
AP World History Psychology/Sociology
  Contemporary Issues/Law & Society
  Comparative Government/Geography
  UCONN History


 Graduation Requirements: 

Wilby High School students must earn a minimum of social studies credits to meet the graduation requirement.  Most colleges accept 3 to 4 high school history and social studies credits.




The Social Studies Department is dedicated to producing students who use their critical thinking skills to their potential. The CAPT Interdisciplinary Writing section tests students’ skills in this area. These skills will prepare students to succeed in life as well as in institutions of higher learning. We also prepare students to lead constructive, contributing and rewarding lives as citizens in a diverse democratic society. This interdisciplinary preparation involves a study of the past and the present in order to better prepare for the future.


570/571           WORLD HISTORY                         GRADE: 9                CREDIT: 1.00

The purpose of this course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights important change and events in politics, economic and belief systems, and social/gender structures. Students will also be given the opportunity to examine the development of other important historical themes (science and technology, exchange and encounter, cultural and intellectual development, modernization and conflict/conflict resolution). This course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge deployed in conjunction with leading interpretive issues and types of historical evidence. Per iodization, explicitly discussed, forms the organizing principle for dealing with change and continuity from that point to the present. Specific themes provide further organization to the course, along with consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of world history as a field of study.



530M  ATOMS   CIVICS                                        GRADE: 9                 CREDIT: .50

This course prepares students to demonstrate knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizens and to participate and contribute to our democratic way of life. It follows the national and state standards for civics and government and will focus on the birth and development of American democracy up to around 1800. Taken with 560M ATOMS Ancient History


560M  ATOMS ANCIENT HISTORY           GRADE: 9                                   CREDIT: .50

Through the study of the political, geographical, cultural and social aspects of government, this course creates a survey of the development of governments from the earliest of civilizations through the Renaissance.  Taken with 530M ATOMS Civics


570A   AP WORLD HISTORY                              GRADE: 10              CREDIT: 1.00

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

Advanced Placement World History takes a thematic approach to history. Emphasis is placed on similarities and differences between civilizations in world history. An important theme is “change over time” as students investigate how civilizations change over time. Activities which utilize primary sources are an integral part of the course. Upon successful completion of the AP exam students may earn college credit.


530     CIVICS                                                             GRADE: 10       CREDIT: .50

531     CIVICS                                                             GRADE: 10      CREDIT: .50

This course prepares students to demonstrate knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizens and to participate and contribute to our democratic way of life. It follows the national and state standards for civics and government and will focus on the birth and development of American democracy up to around 1800.


540      UNITED STATES HISTORY 2 HONORS           GRADE: 10    CREDIT: .50

541      UNITED STATES HISTORY 2                            GRADE: 10   CREDIT: .50

This course covers Exploration to 1877. The political, social, economic and cultural development of the United States will be studied.


550A   AP UNITED STATES HISTORY                                     GRADE: 11   CREDIT: 1.00

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

This in-depth treatment of American history features readings drawn from several sources, including a basic text and documentary and interpretive materials. The course is chronological, and covers the major currents of political, social, intellectual, economic, and diplomatic history. A major goal is to develop analytical and interpretive skills, with an emphasis on critical reading and writing. Evaluation is based upon quizzes, announced tests, short papers, specialized writing assignments and projects, and a major research paper. This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement Examination in United States History.


530A AP US GOVERNMENT & POLITICS           GRADES: 11-12 CREDIT:  1.00

This course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. The course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret United States politics and analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute United States politics. The students will become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various political behaviors and outcomes.



551      UNITED STATES HISTORY 3                    GRADE: 11     CREDIT: 1.00

This course deals with the history of the United States, with in-depth study of the concepts of political, economic, social and cultural America from 1877 to the present. Emphasis is on research with reports, discussions, seminars, projects and reading as student contributions.


551H   AMERICAN STUDIES                               GRADE: 11              CREDIT: 1.00

This is a full year course which is one half of the Humanities Program. Themes addressed include “Pursuing the American Dream,” “The Depression—A National Crisis,” “The Global Village—Technology and the U.S.,” “The 60’s—Rebellion and Conflict,” “The 70’s—Bellbottoms to Watergate,” “The 80’s—the ‘Me’ Decade,” and “The America to Come.” The course covers 1877 to the present.



Prerequisite: Average of 85 or better in U.S. History/Teacher Recommendation

This course covers the origins of the economy, society, politics, and culture of contemporary Western civilization with emphasis on aspects of European history that have helped shape the modern world from the Renaissance to the present. Students may earn college credit for this class.


504      COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT          GRADE: 12               CREDIT: .50

Emphasis is placed on the structure of local, state and national governments; the goals of democratic society; and the prime role of good citizenship in an era of challenge. To appreciate the government of the United States, comparisons are made with selected major political systems throughout the world. Taken with 505 Geography


505      GEOGRAPHY                                             GRADE: 12               CREDIT: .50

Geography introduces students to the environmental factors that have so greatly influenced man. Studies are made on a regional basis and include a systematic approach to the physical, economic and cultural changes that help man satisfy his needs. Taken with 504 Comparative Government


521      CONTEMPORARY ISSUES                     GRADE: 12               CREDIT: .50

Through discussion, this course focuses on the long-range problems of society as well as controversial issues of the day. Opportunity for understanding current affairs is also provided. Students will be encouraged to pursue individual topics of interest. Taken with 525 Law and Society


525      LAW AND SOCIETY                                 GRADE: 12               CREDIT: .50

This course is designed to impart an understanding and appreciation of the importance of law in our society to better enable the student to function as a citizen. An overview of the Anglo-American legal system, the development and growth of the U. S. Constitution, and the salient features of American criminal and civil laws are presented. Taken with 521 Contemporary Issues


545      SOCIOLOGY                                               GRADE: 12               CREDIT: .50

This course provides insights into human relations by incorporating characteristics that are common to groups, races, and cultures. Emphasis is on the problems approach and attempts are made to reduce narrow-mindedness and prejudice by promoting better understanding of inter-group relations. Taken with 546 Psychology


546      PSYCHOLOGY                                           GRADE: 12               CREDIT: .50

This course is designed to develop student interest in human behavioral patterns by learning fundamentals of psychological study. Further development of concentrated study will include the understanding of personality traits, the role of heredity and environment and their consequences on the intelligent world community. Taken with 545 Sociology


585      AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY         GRADE: 12              CREDIT: 1.00

This course focuses on the study of sub-Saharan African countries. Of particular attention will be given to the emergence of these states as independent from colonialism, and the impact of their alignment on the world balance of power as well on U.S. and world society events.


 515     CONSUMER ECONOMICS                      GRADE: 12               CREDIT: .50

The effects of governmental laws, policies, business and market structures and development on the consumer as an informed citizen in an ever-changing society are analyzed. Taken with 520 Problems of Democracy


520      PROBLEMS OF DEMOCRACY              GRADE: 12               CREDIT: .50

Provides learning activities that will enable the student to understand and discuss important contemporary issues with insight and skill. The major emphases of the course include fact-finding skills, learning both sides of an issue, forming rational opinions, distinguishing fact from opinion, and accepting diversity of opinion as an outcome of the democratic process. Taken with 515 Consumer Economics


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