The history/social sciences curriculum at Bridgton Academy seeks to introduce students to the breadth and complexity of the human experience through engagement with both past and contemporary historical/social issues. Students will engage in rigorous historical inquiry and debate, while also working to develop student skills in the analysis and assessment of various forms of historical evidence and argument. Such exploration helps students to develop empathy, construct intellectual frameworks through which to view the world, and forge interdisciplinary links between events that have already occurred and those happening now. Finally, students will learn to select and more skillfully employ the most effective media through which to articulate their evolving thoughts and conclusions.


This course will look to relay the impact of the First and Second World Wars on the development of the American nation. To better understand why America became involved in either war, the class will analyze the roots of American foreign policy and the state of affairs at the end of the 19th century. The course will spend a great deal of time using case studies to address the question of why the United States changed its foreign policy from one of isolation to one of intervention; in addition, we will look at the influence of those policies on our current foreign policy. This is a course equivalent of HIDI1204 at Plymouth State University and carries three (3) credit hours upon application for transfer credit.

The course begins with the study of the causes of the Civil War, and moves through an exploration of the war, its battles, and the social climate of America during the War. As we celebrate, seemingly daily, the 150th anniversaries of a multitude of momentous events that occurred during this pivotal era, this class will look to put these events into a usable current context. The course format combines lectures and discussion. Reading is expected both in the text and in outside sources.

Current Political Issues examines contemporary issues and events in the political arena. The focus of the course is to create a dialogue shaped around the “hot button” issues that seem to be so prevalent in the 21st century.

The Geography class offers a regional survey of Earth’s geography and cultures, with particular focus given to the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Among topics covered are country locations and their physical, political, economic, and cultural landscapes. Students will complete numerous hands-on assignments/projects ranging from “Creating Your Own Culture” to a “Country Case Study Project” (a format currently used by the U.S. military).

The New England Region has maintained an identity broadly American history and as a distinctly independent history as well. This course examines the New England’s geographical, historical, cultural, and political histories. The topics covered include: Native people, the Plymouth Colony, Witchcraft in Salem, the Minutemen and the American Revolution, 19th century industrialization and immigration, New England’s contributions in the Civil War, and significant events of the 20th century and beyond. Analysis of local historical sites will serve to deepen our understanding of New England’s enduring attachment to its past.

This course will serve as an initial overview of the field of psychology and introduce students to many prevalent historical and current topics. Through a combination of audio-visuals, lecture, and discussions, students will better understand the foundations of psychology and its application in our world today.  Topics may include motivation, learning, memory, cognition, personality, and social behavior.

Rogues, Rebels, and Revolutionaries explores the nature of revolution throughout history, focusing on the numerous causes of such actions and the wide-ranging ramifications of both failed and successful revolts. Models will include the American Revolution, the English Civil War, the Cuban Revolution, the Decemberists revolt in Russia, the French Revolution, and American Civil War.

This course provides a broad overview of the sports business marketplace and explores the range of skills that sports executives must possess to succeed. Topics include budget creation and management, marketing and promotions, and the creation of business plans, all studies within the context of case studies ranging from professional sports teams to other athletically-based organizations

Sport Psychology examines the psychological aspects of sport participants, athletes, teams, and competition in sport situations, including personality, motivation, performance level, achievement, and behavioral change strategies, social factors, training events, and measurement techniques.