Social Studies

Our comprehensive Social Studies curriculum is vital to students as empathetic, active participants in our democratic society and the ever-changing global community. A depth of literacy in the social sciences will enable learners to connect current events to historical antecedents in meaningful ways. Classroom experiences facilitate the development of reasoning ability from concrete to abstract. These are key in student development as informed, reflective decision-makers who are able to take and defend diverse positions.

Our continued focus on reading, writing and communication, supported by research, interpersonal and technology skill development, promotes student success. Towards these goals we will explore open-ended, essential questions throughout our curriculum.

The chart below shows the sequential social studies graduation requirement and all elective offerings. The electives are open to all junior and senior students. All students are required to take one year of Global Connections, one year of United States History, and one year of electives.

College bound students should be aware that social studies courses are required by colleges and universities for many undergraduate degrees. Furthermore, in order to prepare for professional degrees, many students choose social science majors as their undergraduate program of study. It is recommended that high school students take academically challenging social science and history courses.


  • Grade 9: Global Connections OR Global Connections/English I Interdisciplinary
  • Grade 10: United States History or Advanced Placement United States History
  • Grade 11 & 12: SEE ELECTIVES BELOW

History Electives
History Electives
Ancient and Medieval History
Modern World History
AP U.S. History
AP European History

Social Studies Electives
American Government
U.S. Foreign Policy
AP Macroeconomics
AP U.S. Government and Politics
Contemporary American Issues
Essentials of Geography
Personal Economics
Law in American Society
Issues in World Culture Geography

Behavioral Science Electives
AP Psychology
Sociology of Gender


Justin Ashton

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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Jenne Dehmlow

Department Chair, DGN - Social Studies

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Janet Emond

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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Lois Graham

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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Maegan Grogan

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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Keith Lichtenberg

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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Erin Moore

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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Amy O'Dell

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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Mary Ricklefs

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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Carrie Roberts

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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Dennis Rogala

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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Barb Rustik

Secretary, DGN - Social Studies

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Thomas Saam

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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Karen Spahr-Thomas

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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John Wander

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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Amy Wlodek-Holland

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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Melissa Wostratzky

Faculty, DGN - Social Studies

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