TPS History, Government and Social Studies Courses
“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein…” (Ps 24:1)
Social Studies may be seen as a set of interrelated academic disciplines (History, Government/Politics, Economics, Sociology, Psychology) that study human behaviors, events, cultures, and ideologies as part of God’s creation. History is then approached as study of God’s manifest plan as it has unfolded for individuals, peoples and nations.
Psalm 24 provides a foundation and framework for study of History and Social Studies within TPS, resulting in several academic commitments:
- All things belong to God — not just “sacred” versus “secular” things.
- All happenings are under God’s plan — not just happenings we like or with which we agree.
- All people are created equally in God’s image — not just “western” people or “Christian” people.
Our goal in TPS History, Government and Social Studies is to prepare students to understand, engage with and influence the world. We emphasize study of original context so we can better understand things removed from our own time and situation, and more wisely consider lessons learned from them. TPS History, Government and Social Science courses are also academically distinguished by their emphasis on research and essay writing. A student who takes a well-planned set of TPS History and Social Studies courses will have unparalleled preparation for college and career with a global understanding and potential for worldwide impact.
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Suggested History, Government and Social Studies Sequence
Grades 6-8: Christian World History – Heroes of the Faith
- U.S. History for Middle School (full survey, with emphasis on prior to Civil War Reconstruction)
- Ancient History
- World History and Cultures
- U.S. History for High School (full survey, with emphasis on after Civil War Reconstruction)
- Eastern Kingdoms – History of Asia
- College U.S. History
- College Contemporary World History
- AP World History
- AP U.S. History
- AP European History
Government and Social Studies Courses
Grades 6-8: Globetrotters Geography for Middle School
- AP Human Geography
- U.S. Government (Civics) and Economics
- U.S. Government (one semester)
- Economics (one semester)
- U.S. Government and Politics
- World Geography for High School
- Constitutional Law (one semester)
- AP U.S. Government and Politics
- AP Comparative Government and Politics
- AP Macroeconomics and Microeconomics
- AP Psychology (College Psychology)
- Sociology (coming 2022-23)
- Psychology and Counseling from a Biblical Perspective
To find more details on these and related courses, please select the “History,” “Government,” or “Social Science” category in our Course Catalog.
Integrated Humanities Courses
History and Literature share a long relationship as the core “Humanities” and it is perhaps impossible to study one thoroughly without the other. This is why TPS offers a series of combined History and Literature courses from elementary through upper high school. The high school courses have the writing instruction integrated as well, so each HS course is a full History plus a full English (Language Arts) course, worth two high school credits. We also offer a two-year high school integrated history, literature, and cultural worldviews curriculum that earns 24 college credits. All of these courses may be used in the TPS Diploma program.
TPS High Scholars – Dual Credit Integrated Humanities
Grades 10-12: High Scholars (two years, 24 college credits)
Provided in partnership with Belhaven University, High Scholars is a Western Civilization humanities curriculum offered exclusively by TPS. This program integrates study of history, literature, composition, and art appreciation (with AP Art History option) — a two-year “Great Books” curriculum which provides a total of 6 high school credits and 24 college credits. It emphasizes discussion and dialogue over memorization of information, and the efficient integration of content allows for a lower workload than if similar courses were taken individually. Each year is taught in only four live classes per week. The program does not require any prior classical humanities background and is taught at an academic level that welcomes students who are ready for TPS English 4/5 (grade 10 and up) but who prefer an integrated approach to humanities.
Integrated Humanities Courses – Elementary through HS