Social Studies

DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY

The primary objective of the social studies program is to prepare students to become thoughtful individuals whose academic background and skills will enable them to function successfully in an increasingly complex, multicultural, and changing world. The social studies program must provide students with an intellectual framework of knowledge, the skills necessary to process information, and the capacity to understand and appreciate people from backgrounds and cultures different from their own. Further, the program is intended to develop an informed, discriminating citizenship essential to effective participation in the democratic processes of governance and the fulfillment of the nation’s democratic ideals.

While history forms the foundation for social studies, it is understood that concepts from other social sciences, including geography, economics, psychology, and sociology must be integrated through the department’s course offerings to provide students with a firm understanding of the principles and methodologies in the social studies discipline.

Typical Progression

1 credit in World History

1 Credit in Modern American History

.5 Credit in Civics

.5 Credit in a Social Studies Elective

What career options might I have with a background in History and Social Studies?

Business

Attorney

Government Relations

Lobbyist

Human Resources

Consulting

Corporate Communication

Government

Attorney

Paralegal Assistant

Public Administrator

Police Officer

Social Worker

Political Advisor

Foreign Service, Peace Corps Advocacy

Elected Official

Arts/Media

Historian

Archivist

Museum Curator

Editor

Journalist

Press Secretary

Education

Social Studies, History and Humanities

College Professor

Grant Writer

Teachers


Social Studies Courses

Listed below are the course offerings in the social studies department. The previous social studies teacher will recommend a student’s future assignment to a social studies course level based on the student’s ability and performance. All students selecting courses in the Social Studies Department should expect to complete assignments to develop skills in reading, writing, research, speaking and listening beyond the work indicated the course description.

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