Social Studies

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 helps students 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 Jesuit students will have the opportunity to:

  • mature intellectually.
  • think critically.
  • appreciate complexity.
  • examine cause-effect relationships.

Social Studies prepares De Smet Jesuit 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.

Social Studies Department Faculty

Bryan Traughber

Bryan Traughber

Class of 1997
Titles: Social Studies Department Chair, Head Cross Country Coach
Degrees: B.A. in History, Truman State University
M.A. in History, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Joshua Klein

Joshua Klein

Class of 1997
Titles: Social Studies Teacher, Head Soccer Coach
Degrees: B.A. in Psychology, Rhodes College
M.S. in Sports Psychology, Florida State University
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Andrew Lange

Andrew Lange

Class of 2002
Titles: Business & Social Studies Teacher, Textbook Coordinator
Degrees: B.A./B.S. in Finance, Saint Louis University
M.B.A., Saint Louis University
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Matthew Mohan

Matthew Mohan

Class of 1982
Titles: Social Studies Teacher, De Smet Depot Bookstore Manager
Degrees: B.A. in History, University of Missouri - St. Louis
B.S. in Secondary Education, University of Missouri - St. Louis
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Tony Plein

Tony Plein

Titles: Social Studies & Theology Teacher
Degrees: B.A. in Theology, Saint Louis University
M.A. in Theology, University of Notre Dame
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Tom Sothers

Tom Sothers

Titles: Social Studies Teacher, Spartan Association Moderator, Scholar Bowl Coach
Degrees: B.A. in History and Education, Saint Louis University
M.L.A., Washington University in St. Louis
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Chris Welling

Chris Welling

Titles: English & Fine Arts Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Saint Louis University
J.D., Saint Louis University
LL.M., De Paul University College of Law
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