“An informed citizenry,” wrote Thomas Jefferson “is the best guarantee against tyranny.” The Social Studies program offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the United States, its institutions and people, and their role in the sweep of world history and the modern world. Throughout the four year program, the Catholic value system serves as the standard against which our own and other civilizations are compared.
The concepts and contributions of the preceding five thousand years of civilization impart a perspective for the detailed examination of United States institutions in detail. Courses on American History and on Comparative Government and Economics provide upperclassmen with essential facts as they enter the adult world of voting citizens.
Three units of Social Studies are required for graduation. The courses for ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades are mandatory. Those for twelfth grade are optional. If students choose, they may take the full four-year program of courses.