We learn about ourselves much more clearly when we learn about others. The greatest insights we will ever gain are when we travel to another place. My classes help students travel through their learning. They come away with a greater sense of the world and a curiosity about what is happening in it." –Pat Grant, History Teacher
Upper School history students master a wide variety of skills, such as recognizing, analyzing, and critiquing trends, patterns, and causal relationships in history.
By reading both primary and secondary sources, students begin to recognize bias and disparity. Students are taught skills necessary to produce term or position papers. Techniques for debate, oral reporting, and group discussions are also emphasized.
The course sequence includes World History in 9th and 10th grades, U.S. History in 11th grade, and a semester of Civics in either 11th or 12th grade. The department also offers a range of elective courses for students to pursue their interests beyond required topics. Each elective requires students to study a specific field of history containing a rich diversity of issues. This way, students work toward the department’s goals regardless of the course taken.