The graduation requirement for the study of history is three years, which must include at least one year of World History and one year of United States History.
During the freshman and sophomore years, students take a two-part World History sequence. These courses are designed to challenge students to uncover big ideas about the past and apply them to the present, allowing them to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for empowered global citizenship in the 21st century. In the junior year, students generally take United States History. Electives for seniors explore particular historical subjects in depth, promote global understanding, and introduce social science concepts. With rare exceptions, students are not eligible to take these electives until they have completed United States History. World History courses offer honors sections, and United States History students can take AP history to prepare for the Advanced Placement Exam. Honors and AP sections of senior electives are also available. Students are placed in these sections on the basis of past performance, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, and, when necessary, department-designed applications.