Social Studies Department Objectives and Goals:
Social Studies is intended to promote civic competence through the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities. Within North Salem High School’s program, Social Studies provides coordinated, systematic study that draws upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, belief systems, and sociology, as well as upon appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of Social Studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world. New York State requires all students to take four full years of Social Studies.
After successful completion of middle school social studies courses, four years of social studies are required at the high school level for all students. The curriculum follows the guidelines established by the Regents of New York State Education Department.
Grade 9 Global History and Geography I
Grade 10 Global History and Geography II
Grade 11 U.S. History and Government
Grade 12 Participatory Government (one semester) and Economics (one semester)