Social Studies

The Social Studies Department seeks to prepare students to be responsible and effective citizens in our ever-changing interdependent world.

To prepare students to play a dynamic role in their local and global communities, our department strives to develop students who possess disciplinary knowledge and skills, and a respect for multiple perspectives. The overall goal is to help develop a just and humane society, reflective of our Cretin-Derham Hall values.


The Social Studies curriculum is both differentiated and varied, encompassing both required and elective courses. The scope and sequence of courses offered is well designed to assist the department in reaching its goal of preparing young women and men to be active, responsible citizens on the local, state, national, and international level.

  • 9th grade -Values Symposium course
  • 10th grade -US History or Advanced Placement US History 
  • Economics and US Government or Advance Placement US Government are required

The curriculum is broad and diverse ranging from Psychology, International Relations, Women's Studies, and a Senior Interdisciplinary Course (ICL) as well as other courses.  Students have many options to choose from when selecting electives. To find out more about course options and class details, see the Social Studies curriculum.

Graduation Requirements:

11 Social studies credits are required for graduation

 To contact a social studies faculty member take a look at our Staff Directory.