Social Studies

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Upper School social studies class at Randolph-Macon Academy. A private boarding school in Front Royal, Virginia.

Have you ever wanted to be in on a discussion of who makes better rulers in the world, men or women? Compared Machiavelli and Modern Politics? Or even have the chance to write your own bill? These are just a few things that can be explored when the history books come alive in the R-MA Social Studies Department.

Individuals such as former President Woodrow Wilson, former United States Senator of Massachusetts Henry Cabot Lodge, and Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard, all majored in history while in college, and credited their success to the skills they learned in those courses while in college as well as in their secondary education.

At R-MA, we seek to ground students in the foundations of the human experience and justice, enabling them to become culturally literate members of society. The curriculum provides students with a deeper understanding of issues and ideas, by laying a solid foundation of knowledge of the historical events and social processes that have shaped the world.   The material learned is applicable in every academic field here at R-MA as we strive and stress cross-curricular education.

All courses in our department emphasize reading, writing, note taking, and outlining skills to provide students with a disciplined approach to the study of history. Students develop vital communications skills that will serve them in college and for the rest of their lives. Students also gain valuable research skills, as each course taught has a term paper requirement. Through the study of history at Randolph-Macon Academy, students acquire a greater sensitivity to the experiences of mankind and a more perceptive understanding of the world.

Click here for social studies course descriptions, or click here for religion courses.