• Mr. DurkinMr. Daniel Durkin

    Social Studies Teacher

     

     

     

     

    Background:

    In terms of my educational background, I have a Bachelor of Arts in History from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Science degree in Secondary Education from Duquesne University. I came to Upper St. Clair in 2002-2003 after teaching for nine years in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. I have spent all my time in the district at Upper St. Clair High School.

    Phone number:  (412)833-1600 x2316

    Email:  ddurkin@uscsd.k12.pa.us

    Courses Taught:

    Honors American History: Like all American History courses, this course is designed to provide the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to appreciate how our history shapes our world today. The reading load, pace, and depth of study are more intense than an Academic American History course, though. It’s assumed that each student is a strong reader and writer, and that each student is motivated to pursue a more vigorous program of study. Another major difference between the Honors American History course and the Academic American History course is the requirement of an original research paper at least twenty pages in length.

    AP U.S. History: The Advanced Placement course is designed for the most ambitious students who wish to pursue a demanding course of study. The course is designed to provide self-motivated students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the materials in United States History. It is also designed to make demands upon the student equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. As such, the reading load, pace, and depth of study are more intense than the Honors American History course. Besides the demanding course load, students will also be required to write an original research paper at least twenty pages in length.

    AP European History: The Advanced Placement course is designed for the most ambitious students who wish to pursue a demanding course of study. The course is designed to provide self-motivated students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the materials in European History. It is also designed to make demands upon the student equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. As such, the reading load, pace, and depth of study are fairly intense. Although there will be research projects during the course, there is no twenty page research paper requirement like in Honors American History or AP U.S. History.