Belleville West

Social Studies




Social Studies Department Chair

Cyndi Oberle-Dahm

Phone: (618) 222-7642

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Courses Offered

9th Grade

  • World History 1-2
  • World History 1-2 Honors
  • World History 1-2 Core
  • World Geography 1-2
  • AP Human Geography 1-2

10th Grade

  • Civics: Consumer and Government 3-4
  • Civics: Consumers and Government 3-4 Honors
  • Civics: Consumers and Government 3-4 Core

11th Grade

  • U.S. History 5-6
  • U.S. History 5-6 AP
  • U.S. History 5-6 Core

11th & 12th Grade Electives

Semester Honors

  • Sociology Honors

Semester On-Level

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • American Problems
  • Government

AP / Dual Credit Courses

Advanced Placement

  • AP Human Geography 1-2
  • AP U.S. History 5-6
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Government and Politics: United States & Comparative Political Science

St. Louis University

  • AP U.S. History 5-6

Honors Credit

  • World History 1-2 Honors
  • AP Human Geography 1-2
  • Civics: Consumers and Government 3-4 Honors
  • AP U.S. History 5-6
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Government and Politics: United States & Comparative Political Science
  • Sociology Honors

Other Activities

History Alive
Sponsor: Amanda Borkowski (

History Alive meets Wednesdays once or twice a month to discuss historical events, host debates, play historical games, and generally celebrate history. As a club, we are committed to uplifting diverse history and we host several events around the school each year. All students and grade levels are invited to join history club! Meetings are held after school.

Illinois YMCA Youth & Government
Sponsor: Cari Novaria (

Illinois YMCA Youth & Government is a leadership development program for high school students. Participants immerse themselves in all aspects of Illinois government by assuming roles of legislators, attorneys, executive officials, lobbyists, press members and more. The culmination of each program year is a 3 day conference in which students debate issues and student-created legislation using the actual Illinois Capitol and Supreme Court facilities.

Model United Nations
Sponsors: Cyndi Oberle-Dahm ( and Brandon Hentze (

Model United Nations (Model UN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate students about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. Students role play as diplomats representing a nation in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations, such as the Special Political committee or the Science and Technology Committee. Students research a country, take on the role of a diplomat, investigate and debate current issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. Students will write a resolution, defend their resolution and question other delegate’s resolutions.

Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society
Sponsors: Cyndi Oberle-Dahm ( and Cari Novaria (

Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society is the only national organization for high school students that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. Rho Kappa encourages an interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies. Membership is open to qualifying seniors and the application process will be completed during the spring semester of junior year for those who meet specific criteria. Rho Kappa members have an induction ceremony in the fall as well as planned activities and service learning opportunities throughout the school year. Rho Kappa members who successfully complete the honor society requirements will have the opportunity to wear cords at graduation

Debate Team
Sponsor: Brandon Hentze (

Debate is a competitive team which travels both locally and to Chicago for competitions. Debaters must write, practice, and argue a case on a number of issues of controversy.

Belleville West 2023-2024 Course Guide