Electives

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Students can enjoy a variety of electives that include Character Education, Psychology, Law and Ethics, Geography and Sociology. New electives are added to the course catalog on a continuing basis.

Click on a course below for description, suggested grade level and prerequisite requirements:

Character Education is an overview of performance and ethical principles. The six units encourage and educate students to be lifelong learners, think through problems, be diligent and capable, interact positively in social settings, respect others, assume responsibility, act ethically and live according to a noble purpose.

Suggested grade level: 9-12
Prerequisites: None

Criminology and Forensics is targeted for students at a beginner level of understanding of the topics of crime and forensic procedures. The course is designed to encourage students to be introspective and intrigued by the topics in the course. It covers topics on crime and criminology, witnesses and perpetrators, and the crime lab. The course follows a storyline of two college interns who discover a series of connected crimes in a suburban setting.

Suggested grade level: 11-12
Prerequisites: None

It is never too early to learn about monetary concepts related to financial literacy. This course will help you understand budgeting, work income, money management, and key concepts of banking and credit. Another important component of sound financial planning is to learn the basics of saving and investing. The Financial Literacy and Personal Finance course will educate you on how to spend, save, and invest money in order to achieve your financial goals.

Suggested grade level: 10-12
Prerequisites: None

Criminology and Justice is targeted for high school students at a beginner level of understanding of the topics of crime and the justice system. The course is designed to encourage students to be introspective and intrigued by the topics in the course. This course covers topics on the criminal justice system, non-forensic evidence, and what happens inside the courtroom. The course follows the storyline of two college interns who discovered a series of connected crimes in a suburban setting; the characters address the issues as a result, following the crime through the criminal justice process.

Suggested grade level: 11-12
Prerequisites: None

My Success provides guidance and support for students new to Primavera and the online environment. In addition to identifying and applying the necessary skills for success of online learning, students will begin to develop the essential life skills necessary to contribute to our global society. An exploration of potential career paths, setting career goals, and obtaining employment provide all students with a roadmap of post-secondary options after leaving high school.

Suggested grade level: 9-12
Prerequisites: New and Re-enrolling Students

Psychology A surveys the basic concepts and theories of human behavior and careers in psychology. Emphasis is on the stages of human development, how the body affects the mind and emotions, as well as how the mind, and emotions affects the body. This course introduces psychological research techniques and methodology.

Suggested grade level: 11-12
Prerequisites: None

Psychology B focuses on the scientific study of individual behavior in the context of society. Students explore how psychological theories and research methods can contribute to understanding, prediction, and promotion of psychological health. Areas of study include the personality, the causes and treatment of mental disorders, and the role of social psychology today.

Suggested grade level: 11-12
Prerequisites: Psychology A

Psychology A surveys the basic concepts and theories of human behavior and careers in psychology. Emphasis is on the stages of human development, how the body affects the mind and emotions, as well as how the mind, and emotions affects the body. This course introduces psychological research techniques and methodology.

NOTE: *Limited Block Availability

Suggested grade level: 11-12
Prerequisites: Honors Criteria, Enrollment with Rio Salado, Contact the Guidance Department

Sociology is much more than conducting surveys or analyzing census data. Sociology is all about studying people and the groups they are part of. Sociology examines social trends and cultural changes. It involves asking questions and solving problems. Questions such as, what causes social inequalities, poverty, racism, or sexism. In Sociology A the student will be introduced to the origins, research methods, and the work of sociologists.

Suggested grade level: 11-12
Prerequisites: None

Everyone belongs to one or more groups, and the groups we belong to influence the way we think, feel, and act. The study of sociology gives us tools to define and understand social groups. With those tools, the student will learn how social groups affect our beliefs and actions, and how their members interact with each other. The emphasis in Sociology B is on learning about social institutions and social change with an emphasis on understanding groups in contemporary American society.

Suggested grade level: 11-12
Prerequisites: Sociology A

In World Religions, students learn many of the major world religions and their origins. They will learn how religion can help define a believer’s purpose, ethics, and judgment. Students also see how cultures have intrinsic values that define it and are often expressed in the religions of that culture. This course is an overview of the major world religions, including Native American, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and more. Each religious group has a point of emphasis, which serves as the focus. The course objective is to appreciate the diversity of the world’s religions.

Suggested grade level: 11-12

Prerequisites: None