Humanities Pathway

The Humanities program of study encourages learning from multiple perspectives, enabling students to make connections across disciplines. Beginning freshman year, students refine their speech and writing skills, paying particular attention to persuasive, analytical, and journalistic techniques. The Humanities Pathway emphasizes developing critical readers, effective writers, and articulate speakers through the study of literature, social studies, fine arts, and communications. This forms the foundation for selecting higher-level coursework detailed below.

The program may be supplemented with a 2-year sequence in fine arts and/or music appreciation and balanced with a range of STEM Pathway electives.

Humanities College and Advanced Placement Courses

College American Literature, AP Art History, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Government and Politics, College Italian I and II, College Law, College American Musical Theatre, College Psychology, AP Psychology, College Spanish I and II, AP US History, AP World History: Modern, and College World Literature.

Humanities Pathway Program Requirements

humanitiesEnglish: 4 years are required.   English I (Survey of Literature), English II (British Literature), English III (American Literature) or AP Literature and Composition, and English IV (World Literature) or AP Language and Composition.

Social Studies: 4 years are required.  Global I, Global II or AP European, US History I or AP US History, Government and Politics or AP Government and Politics, and Economics are all required. Electives include AP Psychology, Psychology, and Sociology.

Humanities: Speech and Writing, Theater Arts, Classics, AP Art History or Music Appreciation/Musical Theater, are required.

Religion: 4 years are required.  Religion I, Religion II, Religion III, Religion IV (Social Justice and World Religions). Elective is Theology.

Language: 4 years are required.  Students chose a 4-year sequence available in Spanish and Italian, which include College Italian and College Spanish in senior year. 

Math: 4 years are required.   Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Algebra II Honors, Precalculus/Calculus Honors, College Calculus, and AP Calculus AB. Math placement is determined by an in-house assessment administered in the spring. Students with an 88% or higher on the Algebra regents will be considered for placement directly into Geometry.

Science: 4 years are required.  Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are required.  Electives include AP Biology, Forensics, Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Sustainability, AP Physics, College Chemistry and Bio Medical Engineering. Students with an 88% or higher on the Living Environment regents will be considered for placement directly into Chemistry.

*An additional STEM elective is required.  Students can choose from any math or science or elect a technology or engineering elective such as Engineering Design, Digital Electronics, or AP Computer Science.*  

Physical Education/Health: 1 semester of health and 4 semesters of P.E. are required.

The Arts: 2 semesters are required.  Fine Art I, Fine Art II or Music Appreciation.