History / Social Studies

“Nations must make leap from simple ‘existence with’ others to ‘existence for’ others, in a fruitful exchange of gifts, primarily for the good of the weaker nations, [and] a clear harbinger of greater good for everyone.”
— Pope John Paul II address to the United Nations 5 October 1995

Students are encouraged to learn from the past and so live virtuous lives. Courses integrate the study of history, culture, and geography. History lets us know more than we can experience in our short lifetime. It is the most far-reaching subject of study.

Grade 9 World History & Geography I

Grade 10 Western Civilization II

Grade 11 U.S. & Arizona History

Grade 12 U.S. Government and Economics

TEXTS & Primary Sources


9th World History & Geo (Western Civ I)

Western Civilization, Spielvogel

The Everlasting Man, Chesterton

Epic of Gilgamesh

Iliad, Homer

Histories, Herodotus

Lives of the Caesars, Suetonius

Julius Caesar, Shakespeare

10th Western Civ II

Western Civ from Prince to modern

Western Civilization, Spielvogel

AP® European History Crash Course, Krieger & Harrold

The Prince, Machiavelli

Erasmus & More

Ninety-Five Theses, Luther

Lepanto, Chesterton

Social Contract, Rousseau

Communist Manifesto, Marx & Engels

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Solzhenitsyn

Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves, Evert

11th American History

American Passages:  A History of the United States, Ayers or other, TBD

AP: The American Pageant, Kennedy

Preparing for the AP United States History Examination.

Jesuit Relations, Jogues & Brebeuf

St. Peter Claver, letter

“The Rights of Man,” Paine

“Farewell Address,” Washington

“Self-Reliance,” Emerson

“I have a dream,” King

12th Government & Economics

US Government & Politics: Preparing for the AP Exam, AMSCO

Consumer Economics and Personal Finance, HMHCO

A Documentary History of the United States, Richard D. Heffner

The Federalist Papers, Hamilton, Madison, Jay

Profiles in Courage, Kennedy