Electives we wish GHC offered

By Erick Joven

Granada Hills Charter offers a variety of electives such as journalism, creative writing, engineering, and auto shop. However, students wish we had more freedom in our electives than the traditional courses to pursue potential passions and careers. 

Here are some of the electives that students on campus wish they could take:


Many students on campus are interested in fashion because it is everywhere. Having an elective on fashion would allow those who want a career in this area to get started. This course could cover more than just the history of styles, but also the economics of creating a piece and the different qualities of materials. It could offer lessons on the science behind fashion such as  how these materials are bonded together. It could also look into advertising as well as the artistry of actually bringing clothing items to life. As an elective, fashion would be very interdisciplinary.

Regional History

Although there are different history courses offered on campus such as world history, American history, and European history, some students on campus would like to see more specific history that illustrates a particular culture. A regional history course would help students learn about a specific area of their choosing. Regional history courses could have geographical ties like the history of Los Angeles or more cultural ties like the history of Africa or the Middle East. All history leading up to the culture of a specific place would be offered in this class. This elective could be beneficial for someone pursuing a career in the social sciences, but also to anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of culture. 

Healthy Relationships

Whether you’re looking to become a therapist or just trying to survive dating in high school, an elective that teaches you how to have healthy relationships would be very helpful. Perhaps this elective would teach students how to maintain dignity and respect during conflict. Although a course like this would not make it easier to predict or control people, perhaps it would help us to analyze our own actions and reactions.


What we hear most often is that students wish there was a class that taught them the art of being an adult. How do you do taxes? Do you really need to separate your whites from your darks when doing laundry? How do you go about finding your first apartment? Whether this would be a sociology class teaching us about the social expectations of adulthood or a life skills class, we’re kind of at a loss and could use some help beyond learning to write papers and complete math problems.