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Course Descriptions

Click on a category to view the different courses offered through Marquette Catholic High School.

(*denotes courses partnered through the Lewis & Clark Community College High School Partnership program.  Students can receive college credit for the course.  To receive college credit, students must pass the required LCCC online tests administered at MCHS and pass the course.  For senior students enrolled in a high school partnership course, Lewis & Clark will check their ACT scores.  If they do not have the ACT listed, then they will need to take the LCCC online tests.)

Business

Introduction to Business

This course introduces students to the world of business with an emphasis in group/cooperative dynamics.  Topics will include quality management, accounting, marketing, communications, manufacturing, and ethics and social responsibility.  This course will build a foundation for further studies in business and help students develop a conceptual knowledge of business and assist in acquiring the skills needed in everyday life.

(One semester-0.5 credit)

Personal Finance

This course is designed to establish the importance that personal finance has on the future success of students.  Topics will include spending, saving and investing, debt and credit management, goal-setting, tax and interest rates, and budgeting.  Students will develop relevant proficiency for individual financial planning and management. [Required at junior or senior level.]

(One semester-0.5 credit)

Computers

Computer Applications I – Microsoft Office 2010

This is a hands-on course in which you will learn two programs within the Microsoft Office Suite (Word and PowerPoint).  Microsoft Word is a word processing program with which you can create common business and personal documents.  Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation graphics program with which you can develop slides to accompany an oral presentation.

(One semester course–0.5 credit)

Computer Design – Web Page

This course introduces the concepts used to develop web sites.  Investigates and discusses current economic, legal, and ethical issues concerning the World Wide Web.  Students will learn to create and edit Web pages and Web documents. It presents advance web page development and management.  Software used:  Dreamweaver CS4.

(One semester–0.5 credit)*  [Juniors and Seniors only]

Computer Graphics – Image Editing

Level One of Adobe Photoshop CS6 introduces the creation and manipulation of digital images using an image manipulation program.

(One semester–0.5 credit)*

Introduction to Computer Skills

This course provides an introduction to basic computer skills such as e-mail, internet, word processing, and presentation software.  It will include Windows and file management. Emphasis is placed on preparing the student to use the computer in an educational setting.

(One semester–0.5 credit)*  [Freshmen and Sophomores only]

English

Composition–Advanced Placement

A.P. Composition is a college level literature and composition class designed to enable a student to maturely read, analyze, and write about short stories, poetry, essays, and novel. The ultimate goal is to achieve a high enough score on the National A.P. test to obtain college credit or advanced standing from the college of the student’s choice. Honors credits are given. The course may be taken as a substitute for English composition.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

Composition

Senior composition is a semester course that focuses on practicing through the writing process, skills in creating clear, concise, and carefully edited expository essays and summaries.  Essentials of grammar, mechanics, and punctuation are stressed. The course also reviews MLA format, writing with sources, and critical thinking-the basis for analytical writing.  A term paper is required.

(One semester course–0.5 credit)*

English I

This course is devoted to the study of the English language through lessons in grammar, composition, and vocabulary.  The course includes an introduction to the major categories of literature:  short story, novel, drama, poetry, mythology, and the epics of Homer. Students will be expected to read supplemental reading selections as specified.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

English II

This course teaches the appreciation of world literature as well as writing using related grammar and usage skills.  The course incorporates a unit of expository writing, heroic epics focusing on the Arthurian legends, and a unit on Shakespearian drama. Students will be expected to read supplemental reading selections as specified.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

English III

The purpose of this class is to enhance current writing skills, to learn to research and formulate a term paper in MLA format, and to study the chronological order of American literature.  Students will read and take assessment tests over The Scarlet Letter and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn within the course of the junior year.  A term paper is required.  Students will be expected to read supplemental reading selections as specified.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

English IV

This senior required course provides an introduction to the world’s major civilizations that contributed to the Western world.  It is an integrated approach to the humanities, offering the opportunity to view works of art, listen to music, and read literature in historical and cultural context.  Required summer reading pertinent to specific time periods is part of the course.  Students will be expected to read supplemental reading selections as specified.  

(Full year course–1.0 credit)*

Radio Broadcasting

Radio Broadcasting is a year long class and is partnered with LCCC.  Students will be introduced to radio production and broadcasting.  The receive hands on experience at the radio station at the Riverbender Community Center.  Emphasis will be placed on public speaking as well as creating set lists and working with time restraints & FCC regulations.  The class will also introduce the students to video production using IMovie technology.  Students will be asked to produce, direct, and edit videos to be played at school during lunch hours.  The final project for the class is a Senior Video culminating the entire year.  This class is off campus and does require some work to be done after school hours.  Seniors only.

(Full year course – 1.0 credit)*

Fine Arts

Art Appreciation

Art Appreciation is a general introduction to the visual arts.  It is designed to create a deeper appreciation of the creative process through weekly units consisting of a brief chronological history of art, implementing the use of different media and techniques, and critique.  A. Drawing-exploration of different drawing techniques using both pencil and charcoal.  B. Painting-exploration of painting techniques, including acrylic, watercolor and oil paints.  C. Sculpture-exploration of sculptural techniques, including paper mache and assemblage.  D. Printing/Fibers-exploration of printmaking techniques, including monoprints and etching, along with an introduction into the fibers arts, including weaving and felting.  E. Ceramics-exploration of clay techniques through creating vessels forms. 

(One semester course–0.5 credit)

Studio Art

Studio Art provides opportunities to examine, explore, and manipulate several different mediums in art.  Through creating original works of art, students will gain a better understanding of the process of art production and the practice of art criticism, while developing their own personal aesthetic.

(One semester course-0.5 credit)

Independent Art

Offered to those students interested in a fine art career (by approval of department head).

(One semester course-0.5 credit) [Studio Art required]

Chorus

Basic music skills are taught emphasizing solo singing and harmonizing. Mass and contest preparation are highlighted as part of the curriculum.

(Full year course–0.25 credit)

Music Performance

This course is suitable for high school students who want to improve the musical skills they already possess.  The student will receive training in proper playing/singing techniques, music reading, music notation, music theory, sight-reading, and musicianship.  The emphasis shall be on performance.

Foreign Languages

French I

This is an introductory course focusing on basic conversation, vocabulary, grammar, and the various cultures in French-speaking countries.  Writing skills are introduced.  A repetitive learning method is implemented, focusing on words which will enable students to comfortable implement their French speaking skills.  Students read basic passages and short stories.  Reading:  Le Nouvel Houdini

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

French II

This course builds and expands conversation and grammar skills learned in French I.  The cultural focus is likewise expanded.  Writing abilities are more challenging.  Short stories will also be seen and read in the classroom.  Reading:  Nuits mystérieuses à Lyon

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

French III

French III greatly expands the student’s knowledge of more advanced grammatical structures.  All major tenses are covered in this level.  Speaking and writing skills are more advanced.  This course focuses on the intense gain of grammatical points as well.  Cultural aspects are discussed through the readings.  Reading:  Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, Le Mur

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

French IV

French IV continues the knowledge and growth the student gains of French literature.  This course mentions some of the historical aspects of France and the improvement of the student's speaking and writing abilities.  Readings:  Les Misérables, Le Petit Prince

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

Spanish I

In level I, we use a teaching method called Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS).  The method is based on comprehensible input (via oral stories and readings).  Students are highly engaged in funny and suspenseful stories and pick up on the language much like they did to learn their first language, by being surrounded by it.  They quickly pick up on basic sentence structure, high frequency phrases (like needs, wants, has) and transitional words that help them in the written and oral expression.  Students can already tell a story from start to finish in the first week of class, completely in Spanish!  The four modes of communication are focused on: reading, writing, speaking and listening.  However, like with our first language, you need to spend time at the beginning listening and seeing before you are able to produce.  There are also some cultural elements.  The students will read 1-2 novels, at teacher’s discretion.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

Spanish II

In level II, we continue TPRS (see level I for an explanation).  We fine tune the areas of speaking, writing, listening and reading.  There are also many cultural elements.  The oral and written stories are longer, as students can add more details because of their vocabulary expanding.  We emphasize changing between past and present tenses.  The two novels for this course are Mi propio auto and Problemas en paraíso.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

Spanish III

Although there are elements of TPRS (see level I for an explanation), we become more college prep minded.  We dive deep into grammar and have thematic units that allow for a lot of discussion.  Each unit includes a short story, poem or article.  There are also movies and songs that accompany each topic.  Students will really depend on their foundation from Spanish I and II to push their speaking and comprehension abilities.  

(Full year course–1.0 credit)*

Spanish IV

Although there are some elements of TPRS (see level I for an explanation), this course is heavy on reading and writing, as students prepare for college.  Through our readings, which are short stories, songs and novels, students revisit all of the skills that they have previously learned, while adding a few new grammar elements and really pushing the vocabulary beyond ‘basic’ or ‘thematic’.  There are also conversation hours, which are student-directed, taking away the dependency for the second party to carry on the conversation. 

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

Math

Algebra 1/Algebra 2

Freshman level math class for advanced math students (by invitation only).  Algebra 1 skills and applications will be covered in the first 8 weeks.  The remaining school year will be dedicated to Advanced Algebra 2.

(Full year course–1.5 credit)

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is a continuation of the theory and application of algebraic concepts. Topics include conic sections, radicals and variation.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

Geometry and Basic Geometry

This course in geometry has a balance of theory and application. Students in the basic geometry class do not cover the material in the same depth as the regular geometry class.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

Basic Algebra

Math I reviews addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and positive and negative integers; reinforces the use and understanding of mathematical terms; covers the basic concepts of Algebra.  This class prepares students to take Algebra I.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

PreCalculus

Analytical Geometry is an in depth course relating concepts from algebra and geometry. It serves as a preparation for college math, especially calculus. Trigonometry is a course exploring the relationships of the parts of triangles. The transcendental functions, logarithmic and exponential are covered in detail.   The course also includes an introduction to vectors, sequences and series, and probability.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

PreCalculus/Calculus

Analytical Geometry/Trigonometry/Calculus is a double period class. Analytical Geometry/Trigonometry (described above) is covered in the first semester. Calculus is covered in the second semester. The basic concepts and some applications of the principles of differentiations and integration are given.

(Full year course–2.0 credit)

AP Calculus

This is an in depth course relating concepts from Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry.  In Calculus, the student studies the basic concepts and some applications of the principles of differentiation and integration preparing the student for the AP Exam in May.  (Required:  calculator is the TI-NSPIRE CAS.)

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

Physical Education

Health

Health introduces students to those topics which will help assure them of long, healthy, happy, and productive lives through proper health and hygiene. The course encourages students to seek the truth and sharpen their capacity to make the right judgment concerning health issues today.

(One semester course–0.5 credit)

Physical Education I, II, III

The physical education sequence promote, through selected physical activities, the establishment and maintenance of attitudes, ideals, drives, and conditions which enable each individual to establish a pattern of living that provides accomplishment and that contributes to group welfare.

(One semester course–0.5 credit)

Science

Biology and Intro-to-Biology

Biology deals mainly with the structural make-up of living things and the method by which these structures function. It culminates in a survey of the living things on this planet. Intro to Biology covers the above topics in less detail and is designed for the General Studies students.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

Biology II

Biology II is a second course in biology emphasizing anatomy and physiology. The course uses lecture, lab and research as basic teaching techniques.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

Chemistry and General Chemistry

Chemistry is an introductory course covering the basic concepts of the science. The approach to the topics is theoretical and requires sound mathematical skills. General Chemistry presents these concepts using vary basic mathematical skills.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

AP Chemistry

An in depth course designed to build upon the basics learned in chemistry I. This course involves multi-step problems and details the how and why of chemical bonds and the energy exchanges involved. An AP test will be given at the end of the course.

(Full year course-1.0 credit)

Earth Science

Earth Science is a year long lab science that examines the areas of astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

Engineering Our Digital Future

In this course, students develop an understanding of the engineering design process; use a variety of technological devices to design, build, and test engineering concepts; apply mathematical knowledge to engineering technology; explore the connections between humans and technology to enhance the human utility of engineering designs; and inspire students to pursue higher level math & science.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

Physics

Physics is a science course that examines the relationship of matter and energy.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

Social Studies

Advanced Placement Government

Advanced Placement Government is a college level course where a high standard of effort must be maintained. Students will utilize a college textbook, a considerable number of challenging readings and do various research assignments. The development of analytical and evaluative skills will be a priority. The goal is to achieve a score on the National Advanced Placement Test to obtain college credit. Honors credits are given. The class may be taken in place of Government.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

American Government

American Government provides a survey of the Federal Government.  The course includes information about the beginnings of US Government, Political Parties, Voting and Elections, Interest Groups, Taxes, and the Media.  The course requires a passing grade on the U.S. Constitution test in order to graduate.

(One semester–0.5 credit)

United States History

United States History course is a survey of major political, social, and economic developments in the United States during the twentieth century.  Attention is given to understanding the people and events crucial to creation of modern America.  Primary sources from American history are used whenever applicable.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)*

World History

World History is the study of the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia, classical Greece and Rome, Medieval Europe, and the early modern world.  Attention is given to world geography and primary sources are analyzed whenever applicable.

(Full year course–1.0 credit)

Introduction to Psychology

This Psychology course will explore the field of psychology as a profession, various research methods use in psychology, human development from infancy through old age and dying, theories of personality, psychological disorders, stress and health and types of therapy.

(One semester course–0.5 credit)

Career Development

Psychology 130 focuses on integrating career development into important life choices.  Emphasis is given to helping students learn the skills involved in developing career awareness, making career decisions and taking career action.

(One semester course–0.5 credit)*

Geography

Geography is the study of the mappable world.  Each of the seven continents is covered with emphasis placed on knowledge of location as well as an understanding of cultural geography.

(One semester course–0.5 credit)

American History II

American History II offers a study in a variety of American historical topics not covered in the required United States History course The curriculum can change each semester depending on the instructor’s interests or relevant current events.  Thus far, the course material has included the historical importance of American memory and how the American culture has developed its own unique methods and mannerism for remembering a shared past. 

 (One semester course–0.5 credit)

Native American History

The Native American History course is a survey of major political, cultural, and socioeconomic developments in the early Americas before, during, and after the arrival of Europeans.  Attention is given to understanding the people and events crucial to creation of the early Americas.  Primary sources from Native American history are used whenever applicable.

(One semester course–0.5 credit)

Theology

Introduction to Catholicism

Introduction to Catholicism is an overview of the doctrinal, sacramental, and moral life of the Church. The interrelationship of all three is examined touching on the basic beliefs, practices, and values of the Catholic Church. Using Scripture and The Catechism of the Catholic Church, it presents a summary of the major aspects of the Catholic Church. This survey of Catholicism is presented in the context of the personal call to holiness from God in service to neighbor.

(One semester–0.5 credits)

Sacraments

The Sacraments course offers high school students an opportunity to explore the rich tradition of sacramental theology and practice that is fundamental to Catholicism. The course seeks to engage students in an encounter with this essential dimension of Catholic life so that they can better appreciate the meaning underlying the sacraments and the relationship between the seven sacraments and their own life.

(One semester–0.5 credits)

Old Testament

The Old Testament course is a comprehensive examination of the Old Testament part of Holy Scripture and its relation to the Catholic Church. It studies the ongoing story of God’s love for His people destined to live in that love for eternity. The relationship of the New Testament to the people, events, and teachings of the Old Testament is examined. God’s initiation and the people’s teachings of the Old Testament is examined. God’s initiation and the people’s response is the framework in considering creation, the patriarchs, Moses, the Law, kingship, and the division of the kingdom, exile and return. The Old Testament history of the people of God is viewed as the preparation for the coming of Christ.

(One semester–0.5 credits)

New Testament

The New Testament course is the second part of a comprehensive examination of Holy Scripture. The fulfillment of the covenants of the Old Testament, the New Testament continues the ongoing story of God’s love for His people destined to live in that love for eternity. It gives the life of Jesus Christ. He is the promised Messiah expected and prayed for in the Old Testament. He fulfills all those hopes. He unites the Old Testament and the New Testament. The New Testament records the beginning of the Church Jesus established. The Epistles of the New Testament tell Christians how to live.

(One semester–0.5 credits)

Church History I & II

Church History is a two part course. The junior course deals with the growth of the Church from the Apostolic Era to the Renaissance. Students will look at the various ways in which the Church developed, along with civilization, throughout the Middle Ages. In the midst of all the changes in human history, students will discover that the Church has remained constant in its mission. Along with this study of the Church there will be an examination of the growth of Islam and the challenges it presented to the Church in the Middle East as well as in Europe.

Church History II continues where the junior course finished. Students will take a look at the struggles of the Church during the Reformation and the difficulties that the Church faced in the ever changing and developing world since the Reformation. The course will also examine the new missionary work of the Church in the west and east as well as the new challenges of the modern world. In conclusion there will be a unit exploring the history of the Church in the United States.

(One semester each–0.5 credits each)

Morality in Film

Morality in Film is a semester course comparing the values proposed in the cinema media and the values of Catholic morality. Consideration of the basis of morality itself, the determinants of any act as good or evil, the essence of Catholic morality, and the practice of virtues will ve provided for the evaluation of the messages in modern films.

(One semester–0.5 credits)

Social Justice

Social Justice relates the beliefs of the Catholic faith to the living of that faith in daily action. Through consideration of Scripture, the social teachings of the Church, the history of human development, the cultural norms of the peoples of the world, and the nature of mature faith, the student is led to an awareness of social issues, deepens his/her personal relationship with God, and gains a sense of responsibility for the human community.

(One semester–0.5 credits)

Discipleship

In this class we will discuss topics which every Christian must face in order to be an intentional disciple of Jesus, the Son of God. The students are expected to have a basic understanding of the Catholic faith and will pull from this knowledge to discuss this course’s topics. Students will have significant time for prayer and reflection as well as study Sacred Scripture, Church documents, and current Church events.

(One semester–0.5 credits)

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