Social Studies 

The social studies curriculum is designed to prepare students to participate effectively in a democratic society and to develop the motivation and skills for lifelong learning. Through a challenging learning environment that responds to changes in the school, national and global community, students are provided with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills with which they can grow as individuals, adapt to an interdependent and changing world, and value differences among individuals and cultures. The social studies curriculum offers courses that are sequentially organized and developmental in nature, and which meet the needs of students with varying abilities, academic expectations, and career plans.

The curriculum is based upon Connecticut state guidelines, national social studies standards, and the school's three-year social studies requirement. To meet graduation requirements, students must successfully complete the following courses: Geography (1/2 year), Politics (1/2 year), United States History, and World Civilizations.

Elective courses for juniors and seniors include Economics, Advanced Economics, Advanced Modern European History, Human Behavior, Genocide, Contemporary issues, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and a rotation of semester-long area studies courses.

Program Goals

By the end of grade 12 at Edwin O. Smith High School, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the structure of United States and world history to understand life and events in the past and how they relate to one's own life experience;
  • Analyze the historical roots and the current complexity of relations among nations in an increasingly interdependent world;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of culture and how different perspectives emerge from different cultures;
  • Apply geographic knowledge, skills and concepts to understand human behavior in relation to the physical and cultural environment;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how people create rules and laws to regulate the dynamic relationships of individual rights and societal needs;
  • Apply concepts from the study of history and the social sciences to the understanding of human relationships; and
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how ideals, principles and practices of citizenship have emerged over time and across cultures.

Adapted from Connecticut's Common Core of Learning

Contact Information
Megan Magner, Department Chairperson Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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