GPS Humanities 1: Critical Thinking with a Global Perspective

  • Humanities

     This course is designed to teach students how to see context and make connections across the humanities.  Students will piece together the cultural history of the world by studying and critically analyzing various sections of art, music, history and literature.  The course will encourage students to focus and think critically about the cultural artifacts of the past and the importance on today’s society. 

    In addition, students in this class will use this material to prepare for the local Academic Decathlon competition. The purpose of the United States Academic Decathlon is to develop academic competitions, curriculum, and assessment to promote learning and academic excellence through teamwork among students of all achievement levels.  The goal of this class is to enhance students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills by using selected reading pieces from the humanities and having students respond in writing, through discussions and with prepared speeches.  Although each year the topic changes as detailed by USAD, United States Academic Decathlon, the basic humanities’ components remain the same.  Each area of study will have a component related to the assigned theme.  

    For more information about California Academic Decathlon:


    It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. - Aristotle