The History Department emphasizes a thematic approach to the study of history. History is viewed not solely as a continuum of time but also as a continuum of competing and complementary narratives. Faculty emphasize the way history inculcates various ideologies and belief systems into the current panoply of the human experience. In many ways, history can be seen as ongoing creation myths, which inform people’s actions and reactions within today’s global dynamic. The study of history teaches vital skills necessary for an enlightened and educated individual, such as precise analytical thinking, an awareness of bias and reductive reasoning, a contemplation of value and morality, and the ability to write specifically and persuasively on such contemplative matters.
The art of discussion among students, as opposed to a question-and-answer format, is the methodological approach of history teachers at CRMS. In addition, emphasis is placed on the following core skills: reading, retention, crafting, and expression. Ultimately, these skills demand an active and dynamic partnership between teacher and student, between thought and delivery, between inquiry and result. For non-native English speakers, please see these additional course offerings.
This course is an introduction to global issues, providing students with a geographic approach that enables them to better understand the relationships between people and the environment. We examine world problems, conflicts, the unequal distribution of wealth and power, environmental concerns, and the locations and distribution of these issues, as well as relevant cultural components.
Seniors may choose from semester-long courses.
Geopol will examine significant international and domestic geopolitical situations. A geographic approach enables students to clarify their views and participate in complex issues with a sense of power. We study numerous geopolitical issues from the drug wars in Columbia to other foreign policy decisions made by the United States in the past 40 years. Essays and video interviews with terrorists and soldiers reveal insights into the origins of conflicts from the Middle East to Africa to America. Domestic issues will include an examination of the racial landscape in America. Interviews with gang members and police officers offer profound insights into our views on race as we explore Affirmative Action and local racism. We will also look at the distribution of wealth in America and the critical economic and political issues. Renowned authors like Hanna Arendt, Yevtushenko, Martin Luther King, Machiavelli, and Camus provide abundant grist for enthusiastic conversations and papers. In Geopolitical Studies, students debate, discuss, speak, and write as they clarify their views about critical issues. The University of Colorado will recognize Geopolitical Studies for 3 semester hours of credit in history; Students interested in this option must contact the university prior to the start of the course.