The primary objective of the social studies program is to prepare students to become thoughtful individuals whose academic background and skills will enable them to function successfully in an increasingly complex, global-multicultural and changing world. The program is intended to develop an informed, discriminating citizenship essential to effective participation in the democratic processes of governance.
Through a constructivist approach, students are challenged to be critical and creative thinkers, reflective learners, information gatherers, and problem solvers. It is understood that students can only learn history by “doing” history. Students must be empowered to develop lines of inquiry and consider critical questions. The department also values public exhibition. Interpretations are shared and become part of a public discourse that views the development of scholarship as a collective process.