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The Social Studies Department seeks to ground students in the foundations of the human experience, 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. Courses stress 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 many courses have a term paper requirement. Through the study of history, students acquire a greater sensitivity to the experiences of mankind and a more perceptive understanding of the world.

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