In the Jesuit tradition, the faculty of the Social Studies Department focuses on developing students who are reflective and lifelong learners. The goal of the Social Studies’ curriculum is to present a course of study that assists students to appreciate a unique national history and acquire information that will enable them to assess historic, geographic, and political changes concerning our nation and the world. A priority of the Social Studies’ curriculum is to encourage students to be intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving, developing as a leader and committed to doing justice in service for others.
Social Studies courses at De Smet Jesuit High School provide:
- an opportunity for students to understand themselves and to appreciate cultural differences in others.
- balance and fulfill a need for a human context as students learn about America’s place in contemporary society.
Through Social Studies, De Smet students will have the opportunity to:
- mature intellectually.
- think critically.
- appreciate complexity.
- examine cause-effect relationships.
Social Studies prepares De Smet students for college by:
- giving students a basic introduction to world history, European history, American history, psychology, economics, international studies.
- encouraging students to examine all sides of critical issues before forming judgments.
- developing writing skills that enable students to express themselves through the written word with confidence.