Social Studies Program Overview
The social studies department offers all students a progression of courses designed to develop knowledge and skills in the areas of geography, history, economics, politics, psychology and historiography. The courses progress along several axes: from national histories (USA) to regional (Latin America) histories to world history, from simple facts and narratives to more complex theories and analyses, and lastly from the use of direct primary sources to more complicated statistical and secondary sources.
The department offers a three-year required curriculum that includes World History, U.S. History, Economics (one semester) and U.S. Government (one semester). In addition, students can select from a large variety of electives. Some are designed to supplement the core curriculum through the exploration of new topics or the use of different media, while others provide students with a rigorous expansion of the core curriculum through college-level classes (all Advanced Placement courses).