The goal of the Social Studies Department is to develop an atmosphere of inquiry and analysis in which the student can acquire an awareness of and an appreciation for ongoing human experiences.
- Students will develop necessary skills of comprehension, critical analysis, and expression that will enable the student to explore relevant social, political, and economic issues.
- Students will be provided a broad historical background of human progress: social, political, and economic, which will lend perspective to contemporary issues.
- Students will develop a value system that includes a reverence for life, a sense of thoughtful responsibility, and personal accountability.
Students are required to earn three credits in social studies with 2.5 credits predetermined in the freshman, sophomore and junior years. The remaining .5 credit and additional credits are elective with some requiring departmental approval.
youth and government
Youth and Government is a student-run, hands-on simulation of Missouri state government. As legislators and attorneys, they carry out the law-making process. The highlight of the program is the three-day State Convention held in Jefferson City in early November. At this convention, legislators meet in the Capitol to debate legislation while attorneys argue their cases before student judges and participate in a moot trial competition. Campaigns and elections for student officers complete the political experience of the convention.