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The usual progression for Social Studies courses in high school is Global History & Geography in 9th grade and United States History in 10th grade. Students may then take more advanced courses such as Government and/or Economics.

The resources below each subject include a link to the specific detailed concepts summarized on this page and a link to previous Regents exams, to give a better idea of the type of questions a student will be expected to answer. The further educational resources include links to Khan Academy, which mainly utilizes educational videos, Regents Prep, which reviews topics based on the Common Core requirements, and Sparknotes, which reviews more general material.

Global History and Geography
U.S. History and Government

GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY

UNITTOPICS
Ancient World—Civilizations & Religions (4000 BC – 600 AD)
- Early Peoples & Migration
- Neolithic Revolution & Early River Civilizations
- Classical Civilizations
- The Rise & Fall of Great Empires
- The Emergence & Spread of Belief Systems
Expanding Zones of Exchange & Encounter (600 – 1200)
- Gupta Empire (320-550 AD)
- Tang & Song Dynasty (618-1126 AD)
- Byzantine Empire (330-1453 AD)
- Early Russia
- The Spread of Islam to Europe, Asia, & Africa
- Medieval Europe (600-1400)
- Crusades
Global Interactions (1200 – 1650)
- Early Japanese History & Feudalism
- The Rise & Fall of the Mongols & their Impact on Eurasia
- Global Trade & Interactions
- Rise & Fall of African Civilizations: Ghana, Mali, Axum, & Songhai Empires
- Social, Economic, & Political Impacts of the Plague on Eurasia & Africa
- The Renaissance & Humanism
- Reformation & Counter Reformation
- The Rise & Impact of European Nation-States & the Decline of Feudalism
The First Global Age (1450 – 1770)
- The Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
- The Impact of the Ottoman Empire on the Middle East & Europe
- Spain & Portugal on the Eve of the Encounter
- The Rise of Mesoamerican Empires (Aztec & Incan Empires before 1600)
- The Encounter between Europeans & the Peoples of Africa, the Americas & Asia
- Global Absolutism & the Response to Absolutism (Rise of Parliamentary Democracy in England)
An Age of Revolution (1750 – 1914)
- The Enlightenment in Europe
- Political, Economic & Social Revolutions & the Reaction against Revolutionary Ideas
- Latin America (Failure of Democracy & Search for Stability)
- Global Nationalism
- Imperialism
- Japan & Meiji Restoration
A Half Century of Crisis & Achievement (1900 – 1945)
- World War I
- Revolution & Change in Russia
- Between the Wars
- World War II
The 20th Century Since 1945
- Cold War: Balance of Power
- Role of the United Nations
- Economic Issues in the Cold War & Post-Cold War Era
- Chinese Communist Revolution
- Collapse of European Imperialism
- Conflicts & Change in the Middle East
- Collapse of Communism & the Breakup of the Soviet Union
- Political & Economic Change in Latin America
Global Connections & Interactions
- Social & Political Patterns
- Economic Issues
- The Environment & Sustainability
- Advancing Science & Technology

More Resources
Specific Global History and Geography Concepts
Sample Global History and Geography Regents
→Further Educational Resources:
Khan Academy
Regents Prep
Sparknotes


U.S. HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT

UNITTOPICS
Constitutional Foundations of the United States
- Foundations, American Revolution, & Declaration of Independence
- Constitution: Constitutional Convention; Ratification; Bill of Rights; Branches of Government; Implementation & Principles
- Constitutional Stress & Crisis
- The American Civil War
Industrialization of the United States
- The Reconstructed Nation
- The Rise of American Business, Industry & Labor (1865-1920)
- Impact of Industrialism & a Nation of Immigrants
The Progressive Movement
- Reform in America
- Restraint & Involvement (1914-1920)
- The Search for Peace & Arms Control (1914-1930)
At Home & Abroad: Prosperity & Depression (1917-1940)
- The First World War at Home
- The Twenties
- The Great Depression & the New Deal
The United States in an Age of Global Crisis: Responsibility & Cooperation
- Isolation & Neutrality
- World War II
- International Peace Efforts
- Cold War: Expansion & Containment in Europe & Asia; Internal Security
A World in Uncertain Times (1950-2000)
- Toward a Post-Industrial World: Living in a Global Age
- Containment & Consensus (1945-1960)
- Decade of Change (the 1960s)
- Involvement in Asia (1965-1972)
- The Trend Toward Conservatism (1972-1992)
- The Clinton Administrations
The New Millennium
- George W. Bush & Neo-conservatism
- 9/11 & Its Aftermath
- American Society & Entering the 21th Century
- Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Conservatism & One Party Rule
- Financial Crisis, Barack Obama & an Uneasy World

More Resources
Specific U.S. History and Government Concepts
Sample U.S. History and Government Regents
→Further Educational Resources:
Khan Academy
Regents Prep
Sparknotes