Course Descriptions for Electives at Union High School
Accounting I allows students to learn accounting terminology, principles, and procedures as they relate to a single
proprietorship, a partnership, and a corporation. The study of accounting will prepare students for accounting
careers and for personal use, as well as provide opportunities for further study.
Accounting II is a review and expansion of topics covered in Accounting I. Accounting II will incorporate
accounting principles and procedures in managerial, intermediate, and cost accounting with an emphasis on
corporate accounting. Accounting II is designed to prepare students who plan to pursue a career in accounting or
Advanced World Geography gives students the chance to learn about the world's regions, geography, history and
traditions, economics and daily life, as
well as the role of the region in the world today.
Annual Staff is where students design, create, and produce The Yellowjacket.
Art I features both art appreciation and studio art. Class lectures range from general information about the elements
of art to discussions about various artistic movements. Students are encouraged to experiment with different media
and create original works of art to supplement their understanding of art history.
Biblical History teaches students the stories of the Old Testament and explores how these stories are relevant in
today's world. Students will also learn about the foundation of the country of Israel.
Child Development develops skills related to physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development of children.
It includes instruction on prenatal care and development, child growth and development to age three as well as
behavior management. Students enrolled in the course are required to be responsible for the infant simulator, Baby
Think It Over, on an overnight visit.
Creative Writing acquaints students with the different forms of written expression and provides them with an
opportunity to create some original works. Class time is devoted to writing, sharing, revising, and publishing
poems, short stories, and children's books
Debate I offers students the opportunity to advance their skills in research and develop the ability to defend their
opinions. The class presents numerous occasions to practice public speaking, competitive debating, and analyzing
arguments, both orally and in writing. At the end of the course, students should be prepared to engage in public
deliberations as an articulate citizen.
Desktop Publishing I offers students the opportunity to use keyboarding and word processing skills in the
production of attractive documents such as flyers, letterheads, business cards, report covers, and newsletters.
Graphic design and page layout techniques are emphasized. Students will produce attractive documents that
effectively use and display proper desktop publishing strategies.
Family Dynamics develops skills related to family relationships and parenting styles. It includes dimensions of
adolescent development, management of family systems in today's society, and appreciation of each student's family
ancestry using genealogy skills.
Family and Individual Health develops skills related to personal, social, and mental health in today's society. This
course, which is a requirement for graduation, includes instruction on human growth and development, disease
prevention and control, substance abuse and prevention, community and environmental health, and safety and first
aid. This is a survey course that introduces as many health related issues as possible to the student.
French I is designed to introduce students to the language and culture of the French-speaking world. An emphasis
is placed on developing skills in reading, writing, and conversing about everyday situations in French.
Innovative Applications Using Technology is a project-oriented course. A team approach and the development of
leadership ability are emphasized. Students expand their critical thinking, organization, communication, and
technology skills. Using available technology, students will select and research a project, assimilate the data, and
communicate the results. This is an applied learning course where the teacher’s role is that of facilitator.
Mississippi Writers focuses on the state's rich literary heritage through the study of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and
drama. The one-semester elective course identifies major sources and themes of contemporary Mississippi writers
and allows students to respond to these works through their own writings.
Nutrition and Wellness develops skills related to the importance of proper nutrition and the concept of overall
wellness. This includes instruction in basic principles of nutrition, the impact of diet on well being, and food and
behavior management for a healthy lifestyle. Some culinary skills are included in the course.
Oral Communication develops students' ability to speak confidently and effectively in a variety of public speaking
situations. Students will prepare and present several different types of speeches and presentations.
Personal Development develops skills related to positive interpersonal relationships within the family, peer groups,
work place, and community. This course includes instruction on self-discovery, relationships with family members
and relationships with others to include everyday manners. The students are required to keep a portfolio of class
Personal Finance allows the student to explore personal financial decision-making. It also helps individuals use
skills in money management, record-keeping, banking, and investing. The course accomplishes this by the study of
basic concepts involving economics, insurance, banking, credit, stocks and bonds, and other related topics through
the use of business research tools and technological resources. Activities will include preparation of budgets,
consumer skills, checking accounts, investment applications, comparison-shopping, advertising research, standard of
living analysis, and comparison of housing options.
Public Speaking guides students in developing a clear understanding of basic speech principles through a thorough
study of the communication process and the presentation of a variety of speeches, including speeches to inform as
well as to persuade.
Research Using Technology’s Information Tools is a research-oriented course. The students will develop the
skills needed to use information tools such as the Internet, Computer Disk Read-Only Memory (CD-ROM), Laser
Disc, etc. Students will become responsible and ethical users of technology while being encouraged to stay current
as emerging technologies develop. Although creative research methodologies are part of the course design,
unrestricted browsing of the Internet is not encouraged.
Resource Management focuses on how individuals make decisions, solve problems, and utilize resources to
successfully achieve individual, family, consumer, and community goals. Some skills included are managing
personal finances, perfecting the role of consumer, and balancing work and family.
Short Story is an introduction to the short story genre that gives students the opportunity to read, analyze, and
evaluate short stories. Selections for this class generally date from the modern and post-modern periods (1900 -
present) and come from a variety of American, European, and World authors.
Theater I allows students to explore the relationship of theater history, structure, literature, acting, producing, and
critiquing in this one-semester elective. They will also develop a deeper understanding of personal commitment,
cooperative work, and goal setting as they enhance skills in creative thinking and problem solving.
Word Processing prepares students with word processing skills for personal use, use in the workplace, and use in
postsecondary education. Introductory keyboarding skills are refined through continued use of the keyboard. The
student’s use of formatting techniques is enhanced through the creation of documents such as letters, reports,
memos, and tables. Through document preparation students master specialized software functions and produce
original projects using advanced skills.