Social Studies

The Social Studies program is designed to prepare students to develop individual awareness and curiosity, and to become informed members of their local and global community. The methods of inquiry in history and the social sciences are essential to these objectives.

Students may benefit from course offerings that stress the following themes:

CULTURAL AND PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of culture and cultural diversity, and of the people, places, and environments across the globe.

TIME, CONTINUITY, AND CHANGE
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of cause and effect relationships, and how past legacies impact the present, and shape goals for the future.

INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT AND IDENTITY
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide opportunities for students to learn about themselves and how they engage in larger social and cultural institutions.

GROUPS, AND INSTITUTIONS
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of how large groups of people interact and interrelate.

POWER, AUTHORITY, AND GOVERNANCE
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of the motives and methods behind human efforts to establish modes of governance.

PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, AND CONSUMPTION
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of how people organize economically, at individual, local, national, and international levels; they should as well address issues of sustainability and the relationships between consumption and the environment.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of ways humans develop and use technology to shape their world, and conversely how human societies are shaped by their technological environment.

GLOBAL CONNECTIONS
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of global connections and interdependence.

CIVIC IDEALS AND PRACTICES
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of the ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic.  

See our Program of Studies to learn more