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Social Sciences

"President Clinton told us that we did more for intercultural dialogue than all of the heads of states and ambassadors that were there."

- Herbie Hancock recalled playing at the Summit of the Americas in Chile

The Social Studies Department combines the study of world history, world geography, and American history and geography with the intellectual, intuitional, political, socio-economic, artistic, and cultural development of the human race from antiquity to the information age.

The department’s curriculum is designed to reflect the diversity and multicultural dynamics of human history and culture by providing a contextual approach to the events, ideas, experiences, and significant institutions that shape human history. Selected topics ranging from the rise and fall of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome to American Slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, and the Persian Gulf War are studied in the context of the cultural forces that shape significant historical events. In addition, special emphasis is given to the role of the US government in world events and the history of the District of Columbia as the setting for key historical events.


Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
World Geography/Ancient History World History U.S. History or AP U.S. History U.S. Government * DC History *
1 Credit 1 Credit 1 Credit 1 Credit

Listed below are several major partnerships that have allowed our students to develop and thrive as global citizens:

  • Georgetown University/Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin and Oshinsky—Street Law Course
  • American University—Constitutional Law
  • George Washington University—Student Voices Civics Program
  • Johns Hopkins University (School of Advanced International Studies)—Model United Nations Team/Student Outreach Crisis Simulation
  • Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin and Oshinsky—The Roundtable Discussion Sessions
  • Close-Up Foundation
  • The Ralph Bunche International Program
  • The Washington Post
  • Amnesty International, USA