History / Social Science

The History/Social Science Department seeks to provide each student with:


  • A discerning appreciation of the past, developing an awareness of the present, and the ability to practically apply such mindfulness toward the future;
  • A solid background in global and American studies with an emphasis on culture, history, and geography;
  • A firm foundation in civics, government and economics;
  • A commitment to perform the expected duties of an enlightened and perceptive citizenry;
  • A broad exposure to the personalities, events, movements, and ideas that have influenced history;
  • A deepening interest in exploring and engaging themselves in current events in the U.S. and the world;
  • The ability to recognize and avoid ethnocentrism as well as an appreciation for the diversity of cultures in our country and around the world;
  • A basic understanding of the impact that humankind has on the environment and the interdependence of people with their environment;
  • The capacity for rational analysis and critical judgment of the opinions of others, even those of experts;
  • A firm grounding in the use of proper study skills, particularly in the areas of reading comprehension, note taking, organization, and active listening;
  • The tools for proper research, writing, and critical evaluation of sources through a variety of course requirements, including performance tasks;
  • The ability to express oneself articulately in debate, discussion, and public speaking;
  • A recognition of the interrelatedness of the social sciences with all other academic disciplines;
  • A need to address social issues in light of a moral/ethical framework;
  • An awakened sense of compassion and justice through empathy with others, which leads to action.