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Overview of High School Social Studies Grades 9-12

Overview of High School Social Studies Grades 9-12

Social Studies at the high school level builds upon the students understanding of the five strands of social studies that comprise the New York State K-12 curriculum. Though the emphasis of the courses differ, each course curricula focuses on the social, geographic, economic, political and historical aspects of the units of study. The following courses are required by New York State for graduation:

· Global History and Geography I (full year)
· Global History and Geography II (full year)
· United States History (full year)
· Economics (semester)
· Government (fulfilled through a choice of semester electives including Criminal Law, Civil Law, Human Rights and African-American History, Protest Movements in America, SUPA Public Policy)

Students are required to take Regents exams in Global History and Geography II and United States History. The social studies department also offers a wide range of elective courses. In addition to the content-based curriculum, students work to master their map, reading, writing, and research skills, their oral communication skills, and their ability to analyze and interpret primary and document-based sources.

Click here for a summary of required curriculum topics in grades 9-12

White Plains High School Course Pathways Social Studies