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Social Studies

Social Study Mission Statement:
Social Studies is intended to promote civic competence through the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities. Within the school program, Social Studies provides coordinated, systematic study that draws upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, belief systems, and sociology, as well as upon appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of Social Studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world (adapted from the National Council for the Social Studies [NCSS] definition of Social Studies). Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing Historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. Students will be provided with tools for a critical thinking and analyzing primary and secondary-source documents to be able to answer Critical Response Questions (CRQ’s) and essays.

All students must complete four years of Social Studies, including two years of Global Studies, one year of United States History, one term of Government, and one term of Economics. The Global Studies Regents is taken at the end of the sophomore year, and the United States History and Government Regents examination is taken in June of the junior year.