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, multi-cultural, 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, political science, economics, psychology, sociology, and anthropology, must be integrated through the department's courses to provide students with a firm understanding of their principles and methodologies. To assist students in understanding the interrelationships among branches of knowledge, the interdisciplinary inclusion of other subject matter with social studies is also encouraged. It is further understood that students can only learn history by "doing" history, that is to say, students must be active participants in the educational process, examining primary and secondary data, debating, role-playing, identifying and considering critical questions and drawing their own conclusions through a process of critical thought. The desired end: to draw our students out into the world community, providing them with the capacity to live effective personal and public lives.
Guided by the philosophy outlined above, the department has set the following objectives for all of its students.
Last Modified on June 22, 2009