Electives

ELECTIVES

Criminal Law: This course is designed to introduce students to the fascinating world of law. Topics covered are: the history of law, criminal law, court procedures, the Supreme Court and related cases, and various civil cases that have had an impact of the United States legal system. The student will also study the various amendments to the Constitution and the effects they have on present day law.

Introduction To American and New York Politics - There and Back Again: This course is taught by La Salle’s President, Dr. Catherine Guerriero, also a university faculty member. In addition to being a senior elective course, the class will provide three (3) college credits. Several political guest speakers will be brought in throughout the year as part of the curriculum. The first half of the course will focus on American Politics, and in particular, the Presidential Campaign that will be wrapping up in the November election. The second semester will focus more on the local politics of New York State and New York City. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the institutions, processes, and actors that comprise the American political system at the national level, as well as to engage students in empirical and critical thinking regarding the nature and quality of American democracy. These objectives will be then mirrored on the local level in the New York section of the class second semester.

Finance: The course is designed to acquaint the students with the financial world they are about to enter. Topics include: money, banking, savings accounts, checking accounts, CDs, investing, stocks and bonds, insurance (life and health), IRAs, pension plans, 401K plans, wills, tax preparation, and credit cards. The course is intended to be a “hands-on” course in which students are required to participate in many facets of the financial world.

Accounting: This course is designed to introduce the student to the language of business accounting. The course uses real world examples that encourage learning and interest in the subject. It provides an overview of record keeping and decision making that will aid the student in future financial activities.

Spanish I: This course offers an introduction to the basic elements of Spanish. It is designed to teach the following basic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Elementary grammar patterns are introduced, as well as cultural background. Audio-lingual materials will acquaint the student with Spanish.

Spanish I Native: This is an advanced language course for students who have a degree of understanding in the Spanish language and want to develop a proficiency in writing, speaking, and oral communications. Through vocabulary development, grammar lessons, and essay writing, additional communication skills are acquired. Prerequisites: a test in speaking, reading and comprehension by the Instructor

Spanish II: This course will build on the skills acquired in Spanish I. Emphasis is placed on grammar constructions and writing. Elements of culture are introduced through the use of newspapers, slides and films. There is also an emphasis on vocabulary and, to a degree, writing through dictation and sentence composition.

Spanish II Native: This is an advanced course in Spanish for students whose primary language at home is Spanish or for those who excel in their studies. The most important concentration is the communication arts, e.g. writing, speaking and reading through vocabulary development, translations and interpretations of idiomatic expressions and concepts.

Spanish III: This course places emphasis on reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and composition in the Spanish language. Students will receive an advanced presentation of grammar.

French I: This course is for students who are first beginners to the language and who are interested in studying the French beyond the high school level. It introduces the student to the basics in grammar, pronunciation, reading and writing. It is not intended to overwhelm but to guide the student in an awareness of the language. A workbook and supplementary materials such as music and simple readers will be used.

French II: This course is a continuation of French I with a greater emphasis on conversation, writing, and reading. Grammar, usage, and comprehension will be important elements toward an increased awareness of the language.

Introduction To Psychology/Sociology: This class will be an elective course for seniors and will introduce them to the dual disciplines of psychology (first semester) and sociology (second semester).The Psychology semester will act as an introduction to the scientific & systematic study of human behavior and mental processes. Students will assess various approaches to psychology including biological, behavioral, cognitive and socio-cultural perspectives. Topics covered include psychological learning as well as unpacking the mechanisms of memory, motivation, emotion, and personality. Sociology (second half) will focus on the systematic understanding of social interaction, social organization, societal changes, social inequality, and the impact of all these on human behavior.

Anatomy/Physiology: This course examines the structure and function of the human body. Topics include: the parts of the body(bones, muscles and organs) and the roles of the body’s systems. Laboratory experiences will be included. Pre-requisite: Completion of two laboratory science courses, one of which must be Biology

Earth Science: This course explores various processes occurring on the Earth and beyond the planet. Topics include: geology, tectonics, mountains, continental drift, fossils, earth history, rocks and minerals, the water cycle, oceanography, weather and climate, weather maps, astronomy, solar system, and evidence of the origin and evolution of the universe. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1200 minutes of laboratory time. All students must take the New York State Exam (including the lab practicum). Prerequisite: Biology

Physics: This course explores the various forms of energy. Topics include: motion, forces, mechanical energy, waves, sound and light, electric and magnetic fields, electric current, and basic concepts of “modern” physics. There is a strong emphasis on mathematical applications and problem-solving. Laboratory experiences reinforce the topics and skills presented. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1200 minutes of laboratory time. Students take the New York State Physics Regents Exam in June. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry

Studio Art: This class focuses on the practical application of artistic techniques, resulting in large scale work in charcoal, oil pastel, chalk pastel, markers, colored pencils, and paint. This multi-media course concentrates on developing the student’s individual talent. Both realistic and abstract art is addressed. Museum and gallery visits are an integral part of the class. Students planning a career in art or an art-related field are advised and guided in the preparation of their portfolios. The course culminates in the annual Art Expo, a display of various student works. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Art and Approval of Department Chairperson

Advanced Art: This course is a continuation of the Studio Art course with the addition of watercolor and oil painting. This course incorporates an in-depth exploration of the art techniques covered in Studio Art. Students are encouraged to develop a personal style and maintain an art portfolio. Museum and gallery visits are an integral part of the class. The course culminates in the annual Art Expo, a display of various student works. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Studio Art and the approval of the Department Chairperson

Introduction to Music: The course consists of three components: music theory where students are taught basic ability to read music and understand the vocabulary that a musician uses; creative applications where students compose and perform their own musical compositions; and History where students gain a perspective on how music impacts the world by studying the musicians who make it.

Chorus: The course develops the vocal abilities of those students interested in singing. It covers: proper vocal training, ear training, singing harmony, breathing techniques, diction and dynamics (loudness and softness). The course prepares a repertoire of songs to be sung at various events during the school year. Students are graded on focus, participation and use of their talent. Prerequisite: Approval by the Instructor

Marching Band: This course is designed to give students the opportunity to participate in a corps style marching band. It is open to sophomores only (with exceptions made on an approval basis) and no prior instrument or band experience is necessary. The band is a fun, exciting musical group that rehearses during class periods in the school day, followed by required after-school sectionals (individual instrumentation) three afternoons per week. All students who elect to take the Marching Band Class will be asked to participate in the Summer Band Camp at the French Woods Performing Arts Center, an elite band camp that La Salle will provide free of charge. The band’s activities include home basketball games, pep rallies, parades and community events. There are only 30 slots open for this class. Every student will be provided an instrument of his own as well as a full band uniform.