Social Studies

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Courses in our Social Studies Department provide an understanding of the social, political, economic, religious, and intellectual structures and movements of the present. The understanding of our accumulated experience enables us to construct a better society. The students will develop an understanding of the interconnectedness of humanity, realizing our common heritage and values, rights and responsibilities.

Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School is committed to providing a curriculum that will direct the development of reflective, competent and concerned citizens. Our courses seek to develop the students’ ability to reason and write, to discern opinion from fact, and to appreciate the difference between the two.

Graduation Requirements for Social Studies: 4 credits are required

Required Courses:

  • World History
  • U.S. and Virginia History, (AP U.S. History)
  • U.S. and Virginia Government, (AP U.S. Government & Politics)
  • European History, (AP European History)

Elective Courses:

  • History of Media
  • History of the Catholic Church
  • Advocacy and Public Policy
  • AP Human Geography
  • Personal Finance
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

Department Mission Statement:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God – The same was in the beginning with God – All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made – In him was life; and the life was the light of men” – John 1: 1-4

The Social Studies Department of Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School is committed to providing a curriculum that will direct the development of ethical, reflective, competent, concerned and active citizens. Through critical analysis of events, movements and people, Social Studies courses provide a religious, social, political, economic and intellectual understanding of the world. This shows how events and movements of the past lead to construction of a better society that reflects the truth of our faith. Students will develop an understanding of the interconnectedness of humanity, realizing our common heritage and values, rights, and responsibilities. Our courses seek to develop our students’ ability to analyze, reason, write and discern opinion from fact while appreciating the differences between the two. These critical skills equip our students to use Catholic values to make informed decisions within their spheres of relationships which include the global community, the United States, the local community, the Catholic Church and the family.

For more information, please review the 2015-2016 Course CatalogCourses and requirements are subject to change.