The History Department embraces the vision statement of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District. Specifically, by offering a wide variety of core and elective courses, the History Department encourages academic excellence, instills habits of reflection and inquiry, and focuses on preparation for entry into college and the world of work. In their freshman and sophomore years students are enrolled in our Humanities curriculum, which focuses on United States history from the American Revolution to the present while, at the same time, focusing on literature that is thematically connected to the History they are learning. This course of study is co-taught by History and English teachers. In their junior year students focus on the history of the modern world, and in their senior year students focus on the government of the United States which includes a thorough understanding of civics and comprehensive study of the structure and functions of our federal government and federal citizenship. Students are also required to complete a course which focuses on financial literacy. These core areas of study are enhanced by numerous elective courses ranging from the history of rock and roll to sociology, psychology, and law; and much more. As a result of this approach to History, students learn to make interdisciplinary connections, develop research and communication skills, and prepare to become productive citizens and life-long learners. Please see the ASRHS Program of Studies for a complete description of History Department course offerings.