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The purpose of this academy is to expose students through an interdisciplinary approach to the history of mankind's endeavors in history, letters, art, music, drama, theater, and language. Lyn Maxwell White defined humanities in the following manner: Disciplines of the humanities such as philosophy, history, and literary studies offer models and methods for addressing dilemmas and acknowledging ambiguity and paradox. They can help us face the tension between the concerns of individuals and those of groups and promote civil and informed discussion of conflicts, placing current issues in historical perspective. They also give voice to feeling and artistic shape to experience, balancing passion and rationality and exploring issues of morality and value. The study of the humanities provides a venue in which the expression of diddering interpretations and experiences can be recognized and areas of common interest explored. Mary G. Montgomery's Humanities and Public Service Academy students will be well rounded and ready to help address challenges that we will face in life.

Humanities:

Course Sequence

Option 1: 2 foreign language, 1 fine art, 1 humanities elective

Option 2: 1 foreign language, 2 fine art, 1 humanities elective

Classes must be taken beginning the 10th grade year. One course each year must be taken. 1 foreign language credit for the 9th grade year may count toward the requirements.

 

Foreign Language Courses

French 1, French 2, French 3, French 4, French 5, French 6

Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3, AP Spanish 4

 

Fine Art Courses

Band, Chorus, Art, Drama, AP 3-D Studio Art

 

Public Service:

Course Sequence

3 ROTC & 1 humanities elective

Classes must be taken beginning the 10th grade year. One course each year must be taken. 1 ROTC credit for the 9th grade year may count toward the requirements

 

Course Descriptions

Yearbook (teacher approval required)

This course is designed to support students with the journalistic and writing skills necessary to produce a school yearbook.

Creative Writing

This course develops writing and language skills for individual expression in literary forms through writing of original poetry, short stories, plays, novels, essays, or nonfiction.

Multicultural Literature

This course introduces high school students to the variety of tradition, voices, experiences, viewpoints, and values of the diverse people who make up the American multicultural heritage.

Mobile History (3.0 GPA candidates for Azalea Trail - 10th grade Spring ONLY)

This course surveys the development of the state of Alabama from prehistoric times to the present. The course presents material on the discovery, exploration, colonization, territorial period, antebellum Alabama, Reconstruction, and modern history.

Sociology/Dual Enrollment Sociology

This is a study of cultural diversity and its effects on social trends in the United States.

Psychology

This elective course provides students with an overview of the scientific principles of psychology and exposure to the studies of both modern and classical psychologists.

AP Psychology

This AP course will introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

Abnormal Psychology (prerequisite - psychology)

This course will explain how people with diagnosed psychological disorders actually behave. The course will explore current theories and practices in the treatment of the mentally ill, covering the multiple approaches that prevail in the field today. Topics will include defining abnormal behavior, the nature of stress, the anxiety disorders, psychological factors related to physical illnesses, personality disorders, substance abuse disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, organic mental disorders, behavior disorders of childhood, psychotherapies and prevention.

Leadership (teacher approval required)

This introductory course will educate students through an interdisciplinary approach to parliamentary procedure, citizenship, and public service activities with an emphasis on school history and pride.

Society & the Law

This course will provide students with an understanding of the various aspects of law which they could encounter in their future.

Debate

This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of argumentation and problem solving. Students explore logical thinking, speaking skills, research skills related to debate topics, and participate in frequent debate situations.

Speech

This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of formal and informal oral communication. The course offers instruction and practice in discussion and in skills of critical thinking. It includes extemporaneous and impromptu speaking, play reading, choral reading, interpretation of poetry, and drills in voice and speech mechanics.

AP 2-D and AP 3-D Studio Art Design

This course offers an individually designed advanced program for outstanding art students who intend to pursue careers or post-secondary training in art.

For salaries in the various fields, click the links below:

Community & Social Service:
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/home.htm

Entertainment:
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/home.htm

Legal:
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/home.htm

Social Science:
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/home.htm

Military:
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/military/military-careers.htm

Protective Service:
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/home.htm

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