Arts, Media, and Communication

HCPS offers great opportunities for careers in the Arts, Media and Communication. Students interested in this cluster combine creative abilities with technical skills and knowledge that prepare them for careers in: Video Production, Graphic Communications, Web Design and Interactive Media. Programs include a focus on mass communication and graphic communications, and multimedia production. Working with people from industry helps ensure our programs keep pace with the industry. These programs include options for students to earn industry certifications and college credit toward advanced study in the career field.

Interactive Media Production
Literary Arts
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Required Pathway Courses*
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
Interactive Media Productions (PMHS)
  1. Principles of Art, Media and Communication
  2. Interactive Media and Design I
  3. Interactive Media and Design II
  4. Interactive Media Production (IMP) Portfolio Capstone/ Internship
Literary Arts**
Four credits in
  • Journalism I
  • Journalism II
  • Journalism III
  • Creative Writing I
  • Creative Writing II
  • Creative Writing III
  • Yearbook
  • Drama I
  • Humanities
  • Women in Perspective
  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP English Literature & Composition
Music**
Students are encouraged to choose 3-4 credits in one of the ensembles listed below but they also have the option of choosing additional ensembles, if necessary or desired, to fulfill this pathway.
  • Band: Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band
  • Chorus: Chorus, A Cappella Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Advanced Chorus, Madrigal Choir
  • Orchestra: Orchestra I, II, III, IV
  • Percussion: Percussion Ensemble I, II, III, IV
  • Jazz: Jazz Ensemble I, II, III, IV
  • Guitar: Beginning Guitar, Guitar Ensemble I, II, III, IV

Fourth credit options: Beginning Piano, Beginning Guitar, Music Theory, AP Music Theory, Music Technology I, IB Music (EDHS)

Drama**
  1. Drama I
  2. Drama II
  3. Drama III

Fourth credit options: Dance I, Beginning Piano, Beginning Guitar, Chorus, Fine Art Preparation, IB Film (EDHS), Humanities, Speech Communication

Dance**
3-4 credits in the following:
  • Dance I
  • Dance II
  • Dance III
  • Dance IV
  • Dance Company

Fourth credit options: Drama I, Beginning Piano, Beginning Guitar, Chorus, Fine Art Preparation, IB Film (EDHS), Humanities

Visual Arts**
Three - Four credits in ONE of the following content strands:
  • Drawing (Fine Art Preparation, Drawing and Painting, Advanced Drawing, Advanced Studio Drawing, AP Studio Art-Drawing or 2-D Design)
  • Painting (Fine Art Preparation, Drawing and Painting, Advanced Painting, Advanced Studio Painting, AP Studio Art-Drawing or 2-D Design)
  • 3-D Design (Fine Art Preparation, 3-D Design, Crafts, Advanced 3-D Design, Advanced Studio 3D Design, AP Studio Art-3-D Design)
  • Visual Communications (Fine Art Preparation, Drawing and Painting, Photography, Advanced Photography, Printmaking, Visual Communication, Advanced Studio Visual Communications, AP Studio Art-Drawing or 2-D Design)

Fourth credit option: AP Art History, IB Visual Arts, or any art course, except Art Appreciation, beyond Fine Art Preparation that is not included the chosen strand

or
Printing and Graphic Communication* (HTHS)
  1. Printing and Graphic Communication I
  2. Printing and Graphic Communication II
  3. Printing and Graphic Communication III

* Designates an approved Career and Technology Education Career Completer Program
** Must include two years of world language and other University System of Maryland requirements and/or two Advanced Technology courses

Business, Finance, and Information Technology

HCPS CTE programs include a focus on financial services, accounting and finance, marketing, business management, and business administrative support. These programs include options for students to earn college credit in a business-related career field. Students may also participate in two career technology student organizations: DECA and FBLA. Information technology (IT) professionals will face increasing pressure to design, develop, implement, and support more complex and reliable IT solutions that will meet the needs of external and internal customers. This will require that IT professionals have the skills to determine customer and business needs and requirements, manage complex projects, and integrate software and hardware solutions.

Note: The courses in this program of study are changing in fall, 2016.
From: To:
Accounting and
Finance
PROGRAM TITLE:
Accounting*

Required Courses:

  • Principles of Business Administration/Management
  • Financial Management with Software Applications
  • Accounting I
  • Accounting II
PROGRAM TITLE:
Accounting and Finance*#

Required Courses:

  • Principles of Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Accounting and Finance
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Business/ Entrepreneurship Capstone or Dual Enrollment
PROGRAM TITLE:
Academy of Finance (AOF)* at EDGEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

Required Courses:

  • Principles of Accounting/ Managerial Accounting (replaces AOF Accounting)
  • Principles of Finance/ Financial Services (replaces Introduction to Finance)
  • Business Economics/ Professional Ethics (replaces Economics, Banking and Credit)
  • Financial Planning/ Applied Finance (replaces Securities, Insurance and International Finance)
Note: The courses in this program of study are changing in fall, 2016.
From: To:
Business
Administration
PROGRAM TITLE:
Business Management*

Required Courses:

  • Principles of Business Administration/Management
  • Financial Management with Software Applications
  • e-Business
  • Accounting I
PROGRAM TITLE:
Business Management*#

Required Courses:

  • Principles of Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Accounting and Finance
  • Advanced Business Management
  • Business/ Entrepreneurship Capstone or Dual Enrollment
Note: The courses in this program of study are changing in fall, 2016.
From: To:
Marketing
PROGRAM TITLE:
Marketing*

Required Courses:

  • Principles of Business Administration/Management
  • Financial Management with Software Applications
  • Marketing I
  • Marketing II
PROGRAM TITLE:
Marketing*#

Required Courses:

  • Principles of Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Accounting and Finance
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Advanced Marketing or Business/ Entrepreneurship Capstone or Dual Enrollment
Note: This program is being phased out and will be transitioning to Computer Science.
Information
Technology
PROGRAM TITLE:
Computer Programming*+

Required Courses:

  • Applications of Computer Technology I or Accounting I
  • Computer Programming I
  • Computer Programming II
  • Computer Programming III
PROGRAM TITLE:
Cyber Security*+ at HARFORD TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL

Required Courses:

  • IT Essentials
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Routing and Switching Essentials
  • Security +
  • Ethics and the Information Age
* Designates an approved Career and Technology Education Career Completer Program
+ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related pathway
# New Business Management and Finance Program of Study for students entering 2015-16

Health and Human Services

Education
Government/
Public Service
Health Service/
Personal Care
Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
Early Childhood Education*
  1. Learning About Children
  2. Working with Children I
  3. Independent & Family Living
  4. Working with Children II
or
Teacher Academy of Maryland*
  1. Human Growth & Dev. Through Adolescence
  2. Teaching as a Profession
  3. Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction
  4. TAM Internship
or
General Education** (only for FAHS, HGHS, JOHS)
1/2 - One credit in:
  • Psychology
3 - 3 1/2 credits in:
  • Sociology
  • Learning About Children
  • Working With Children I
  • Math(s) beyond Algebra II
  • 4th Credit Science
  • 3rd Credit World Language
  • 4th Credit World Language
  • AP World Language
  • AP Psychology
  • College Sociology
Fire/Rescue EMT*+
  1. Career Research & Development or Career Development, Preparation, and Transition
  2. Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute Program
or
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (JHS)*+
  1. Foundations of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
  2. Course 2 & 3 will be based on selection of strand
  3. Course 2 & 3 will be based on selection of strand
  4. Internship/Capstone Experience
or
Social Sciences**
Four credits* in:
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • AP American Government and Politics
  • AP European History
  • AP Psychology or IB Psychology
  • AP Microeconomics/AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Art History
  • AP or IB World Language
  • IB World Religions
  • IB History
  • Archeology (HGHS only)
  • Contemporary Issues
  • World Geography or IB Geography
  • Law in America
  • Sociology/College Sociology
  • Speech Communication
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • African American History
  • 3rd Credit World Language
  • 4th Credit World Language

*It is recommended that one AP course be included

or
World Languages**
Four credits in ONE of the following World Languages:
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
Licensed Cosmetology (HTHS)*
  1. Licensed Cosmetology I
  2. Licensed Cosmetology II
  3. Licensed Cosmetology III
or
Health Occupations (HTHS)*+
  1. Health Occupations I
  2. Health Occupations II
  3. Health Occupations III
or
Academy of Health Professions (HTHS)*+
  1. Foundations of Medical and Health Science
  2. Structure and Functions of the Human Body
  3. Certified Nursing Assistant
  4. Allied Health Internship
  5. Clinical Internship
or
Medical Services**+
At least two credits in:
  • Advanced Health or Public Health
  • 4th Credit Biological Science (AP Biology, IB Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy/Physiology or Biochemistry)
Up to two credits in:
  • Psychology/AP Psychology/IB Psychology
  • Math(s) beyond Algebra II
  • 3rd Credit World Language
  • 4th Credit World Language
  • AP or IB World Language
  • IB Sports/Exercise & Health Science
or
Biomedical Sciences (BAHS and HGHS )*+
  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Human Body Systems
  • Medical Interventions
  • Biomedical Innovation
Food and Beverage Management*
  1. Introduction to Food Preparation & Hospitality
  2. Advanced Food Preparation & Hospitality
  3. Food & Hospitality Management
  4. Food & Hospitality Practicum
or
Food Preparation and Management (HTHS)*
  1. Food Preparation and Management I
  2. Food Preparation and Management II
  3. Food Preparation and Management III
or
Career Research and Development*
  1. Career Research and Development
  2. Career Development, Preparation, and Transition
  3. Work-based Learning Experience

* Designates an approved Career and Technology Education Career Completer Program
** Must include two years of world language and other University System of Maryland requirements and/or two Advanced Technology courses
+ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related pathway

Science, Engineering, and Technology

HCPS offers programs in Science, Engineering, and Technology to prepare students for a variety of career areas, including opportunities to become engineers, engineering technologists or technicians. Students engage in real-world projects that strengthen their understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). By completing challenging projects related to design, manufacturing process applications and quality improvements, students are being educated for the high-performance workplace using advanced technologies.

Engineering, Manufacturing, and Construction
Environmental, Agricultural, and Natural Resources
Science and Technology Studies
Transportation Technologies
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
General Engineering***+
At least two credits in Advanced Technology courses:
  1. Technological Design
  2. Advanced Design Applications
  3. Advanced Technological Applications
Remaining one or two credits in:
  1. Physics or AP Physics 1
  2. Chemistry
  3. Algebra II
  4. Trigonometry
  5. Geometry
  6. 3rd Credit World Language
  7. 4th Credit World Language
  8. AP World Language
or
Pre-Engineering (ABHS and CMHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Engineering Design
  2. Principals of Engineering
  3. Digital Electronics
  4. Course 4 will be based on selection of strand
  5. Engineering Design and Development
or
Certified Welding (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Manufacturing
  2. Certified Welding I
  3. Certified Welding II
or
Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Manufacturing
  2. CADD I
  3. CADD II
or
Computer-Aided Machining/High Performance Manufacturing (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Manufacturing
  2. CAM/HPM I
  3. CAM/HPM II
or
Computer and Network Technology (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Manufacturing
  2. Computer and Networking Tech I
  3. Computer and Networking Tech II
or
Brick and Block Masonry (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Construction
  2. Brick and Block Masonry I
  3. Brick and Block Masonry II
or
Carpentry (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Construction
  2. Carpentry I
  3. Carpentry II
or
Electricity (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Construction
  2. Electricity I
  3. Electricity II
or
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Construction
  2. Heat, Air Condition, & Refrigeration Tech I
  3. Heat, Air Condition, & Refrigeration Tech II
Agriculture/Animal Science (HTHS or NHHS)*+
Four credits in:
  • Agriculture I
  • Agriculture II
  • Agriculture III
  • Animal Science I
  • Animal Science II
  • Animal Science III
or
Horticulture/Floral Design (HTHS)*+
Four credits in:
  • Horticulture I
  • Horticulture II
  • Horticulture III
  • Floral Design I
  • Floral Design II
  • Floral Design III
or
Environmental Science**+
At least one credit in:
  • Environmental Science I
  • Environmental Science II
  • AP Environmental Science

Up to three credits in:

  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Marine Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Advanced Health
  • Public Health
  • Microbiology
  • 3rd Credit World Language
  • 4th Credit World Language
  • AP World Language
  • Geohazards Engineering
or
Natural Resources & Agricultural Sciences (NHHS)*+
  1. Foundations of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences
  2. Course 2 & 3 will be based on selection of strand
  3. Course 2 & 3 will be based on selection of strand
  4. Research and Applications in Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences
Science/Math Academy (AHS)**+
  1. Science, Research and Technology (SRT) I
  2. SRT II
  3. SRT III
  4. SRT IV
or
Science and Mathematics Advanced Studies**+
Select four credits in addition to the HCPS graduation requirements of four maths and 3 sciences:
  • Trigonometry
  • Foundations of College Math
  • Precalculus
  • AP Calculus AB/AP Calculus BC
  • Statistics or AP Statistics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry/AP Chemistry/ IB Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Science (II or AP)
  • Earth Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Marine Science
  • Physics or AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2 or C/IB Physics
  • Zoology
  • AP Biology/IB Biology
  • Astronomy
  • Microbiology
  • AP Computer Science
  • 3rd Credit World Language
  • 4th Credit World Language
  • AP or IB World Language
  • IB Sports/Exercise & Health Science
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • Geohazards Engineering
Automotive Diagnostics and Systems Repair (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Automotives
  2. Automotive Diagnostics and Systems Repair I
  3. Automotive Diagnostics and Systems Repair II
or
Automotive Refinishing and Collision Repair (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Automotives
  2. Automotive Refinishing and Collision Repair I
  3. Automotive Refinishing and Collision Repair II

* Designates an approved Career and Technology Education Career Completer Program
** Must include two years of world language and other University System of Maryland requirements and/or two Advanced Technology courses
*** This pathway includes two Advanced Technology courses
+ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related pathway