• Social Studies

    Global Studies

    The theme of this course is the value of an appreciation of cultural diversity and a respect for all cultures. This course highlights issues such as migration, conflict, religion, race and ethnicity, and political and economic systems within a regional framework. Regions covered in this course include Latin America, Africa, Central and Southwest Asia, South Asia, and East Asia Students intending to take AP World History in 10th grade are not required to take this class as much of the content is incorporated into the AP World History class. First or second semester for grade 9.

    Recent World History

    This course will focus on world events from 1500s to the present, with special emphasis on the growth of the political, economic, and social institutions of Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Africa, Southwest and Central Asia, and the Americas along with the relationship of past events to current situations. First or second semester for grade 10.

    U.S. History

    This survey course begins with the 1870s and continues to the present day. One goal is to acquaint students with major events of American history within a chronological framework. Several historical themes are developed throughout the course to gain understanding of the cumulative impact of past events on present life and issues. Some themes include the impact of changing technology, American culture, ethnic diversity, religious movements, economic and political development. First or second semester course for grade 11 that meets two periods per day.

    Advanced Placement U.S. History

    This college-level U.S. history course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement test for college credit. The purpose of this course is to increase students’ understanding of United States history from 1700 to 1975. Areas of concentration include political, economic and social history. This is a weighted class. Students are required to pay $30 to Lancaster Mennonite School for summer work in this course. By paying an additional $35 enrollment fee and a $100 tuition fee, students may register to receive college credit for this course from Harrisburg Area Community College. (Fees are based on present HACC rates.) First semester course for grade 11 that meets two periods per day.


    This course focuses on fundamental economic concepts affecting individuals and the whole economy. Comparing economic systems helps students to understand the foundations of the nation’s economy. Economics concerns situations in which choices must be made about how to use scarce resources, current economic issues, the role of government, stewardship of resources, international trade and global economics are all aspects of the course. Economics classes organize to invest in the stock market and to give profits to worthy organizations. First or second semester for grade 12.

    Comparative Government

    This course will focus on central concepts of comparative politics- power, political structure, institutions, nationalism and identity, democratization and policy-making. The political systems studied will include the United States along with political states in Latin America, Africa, Central and Southwest Asia, Europe, South Asia, and East Asia. This course will present a broader world view that will enable students to better understand the actions of the U.S. government within the context of a global community. First or second semester for grade 12.

    Combined Internet Based Government Economics Course

    This course will combine both Economics and Government during the first semester. These classes will meet during the same class period, alternating days between Government and Economics. The class work will be a combination of in-class and Internet instruction.

    By combining these two classes during the same period, students will be able to meet both requirements for Economics and Government and free up an extra period that can be used for electives.* The on-line instruction will allow students to experience distance learning through the internet. It will include some self-paced learning as well as discussion boards. Students will also meet in the classroom for face-to-face instructor input.

    This format will appeal to students who are self-motivated learners. The on-line format used is the same format that is used in most university settings today. This will allow students to experience various learning methods. First or second semester for grade 12.

    Individual & Family Studies/ Personal Finance

    This course examines the family as an important social institution and explores personal finance. Some areas of study include gifts discernment and career interests, managing conflict, marriage and family, divorce and family, and family violence. Personal finance topics include financial responsibility and decision making, planning and money management, stewardship, budgeting and charitable giving, credit and debt, and saving and investing. Required course recommended for grade 12. First or second semester.

    Honors Sociology

    This college level introductory sociology course examines the interaction of people within social structure of modern society. The class covers patterns of social interaction and social influences of modern society. Emphasis will be given to the various institutions within modern society along with social stratification both within the United States and the global community. This college-level introductory sociology course will be geared toward preparing students to take and pass the College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test to acquire college credit. Second semester for grades 11-12 in alternate years. Offered 2015-16.

    Introduction to Peacebuilding

    This course focuses on the theory and basic concepts of conflict and conflict transformation. Topics include the psychology of peace and conflict, Biblical foundations of conflict transformation, conflict resolution skills of mediation, negotiation, and restorative justice, nonviolent struggle and social movements in history, and international peacemaking and peacebuilding. Second semester for grades 11-12.

    Advanced Placement World History

    This college-level World history course prepares students to take the advanced placement test for college credit. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. This results in a more holistic, systematic, and global view of history. The course offers balanced global coverage with Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe each represented. This year-long class incorporates content from the required 9th grade Social Studies course, Global Studies. This is a weighted class. Year course for grades 10-12. (Sophomores may take this course in place of Global Studies and Recent World History.)

    Advanced Placement Psychology

    This college level introductory psychology course is designed to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. This is a weighted class. Second semester for grades 11-12 in alternate years. Offered 2014-2015.

    Advanced Placement Government and Politics

    This college level year-long Government and Politics course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement test for college credit. The course provides a cross-national perspective on the government, politics, and economics of contemporary nations such as the United States, the European Union, Britain, Mexico, China, Russia, Nigeria, Iran, and others as needed. Special emphasis will also be given to the topic of Christian stewardship. This is a weighted class. This course meets the economics requirement for graduation. Year course for grade 12.