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Social Studies

Last Updated: 5/26/2022 7:20 PM

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.

Courses Offered:

Course Name

Course Description



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.


AP Psychology

Conforms to College Board topics for the Advanced Placement Introductory Psychology Examination. 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, treatment of psychological disorders and social psychology.



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 Government and Politics - US

Conforms to College Board topics for the Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics Examination. Covers federalism, separation of powers, influences on the formulation and adoption of the Constitution, political beliefs, political parties and elections, interest groups, institutions and policy processes and civil liberties and civil rights.


AP Government and Politics - Comparative

Conforms to College Board topics for the Advanced Placement Comparative Government and Politics Examination. Covers sources of public authority and political power, society and politics, citizen and state, political framework, political change and an introduction to comparative politics.


American Government

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 part of the system of American political behavior. This course meets the state’s Citizenship requirement for graduation.



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.


AP Macroeconomics

Conforms to College Board topics for the Advanced Placement Macroeconomics Examination. Covers basic economic concepts, measurement of economic performance, national income and price determination and international economics and growth.



AP Microeconomics

Conforms to College Board topics for the Advanced Placement Microeconomics Examination. Covers basic economic concepts, the nature and functions of product markets, factor markets and efficiency, equity and the role of government. 


AP Human Geography

The purpose of the AP course in Human Geography is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.


US 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 20th and 21st centuries.  The course includes topics related to Colonization through the Constitution; New Republic to Reconstruction; Industrialization, Reform, and Imperialism; Establishment as a World Power; and the Modern Era.


Honors US History

The Honors United States History course is a two-semester class that offers a survey of American History since the 15th century at an advanced pace. Extensive reading, writing, and study skills useful in college will be emphasized. The class concludes with an EOC/Milestone Exam required by the State of Georgia.


AP US History

Conforms to College Board topics for the Advanced Placement United States History Examination. 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, through modern times.


World History

A survey course beginning with the earliest civilizations and highlighting important developments throughout the world until the early 21st century.  The course includes topics related to Early Civilizations and Classical Empires; Growth, Expansion, and the Emergence of the Modern World; Global Interaction and Conflict; and the Contemporary World.


Honors World History

The study of World History is a yearlong honors level course.  This course requires a rigorous study of World History through daily reading assignments, the study of primary source materials, the writing of essays, class discussions, collaborative groups, and exams.  


AP World History

Conforms to the College Board topics for Advanced Placement World History. Includes study of cultural, political, social and economic history. Stresses research and writing skills.  


History in Film

Explores United States History through film. This course includes analysis and interpretation of events through both print and film. 



Social Studies Instructors

Britt, Eric
Schumacher, Joy
Davis, Blake
Farist, Ben
Harrison, David
Kealhofer, Matthew
Manderano, Pete
Rice, Matthew
Sand, Ansley
Strassner, Terry
Taylor, Jason
Thomas, Philip
Williams, Matthew