Department Philosophy

Social Studies is the integrated study of history, geography, economics, and civics. More importantly, it is the study of humanity--people and events that individually and collectively have shaped the world. By forging connections to their own lives, an effective social studies program helps students make sense of the world in which they live, and see themselves as members of a global community. It offers students the knowledge and skills necessary to become informed participants on a local, national, and international level. Fostering critical thinking, cultural awareness, and historical literacy provides the skills critical to understanding both the complexities and nuances of the human experience. By encouraging inquiry, promoting empathy, and instilling a deep appreciation for diverse perspectives, students will be better equipped to thoughtfully participate within a globalized world.