The Social Studies Department supports the mission statement of Mercy High School that shares a commitment to academic excellence, social justice, and civic involvement. In order to further the development of these ideals, our courses focus on critical thinking, document analysis, research writing, argumentation, and project-based learning skills to form active and engaged global citizens.
Using various methodologies in historical study students make connections between the past, present, and future. With project-based learning, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills. Authentic, meaningful projects engage students in real-world issues.
- Contemporary World Issues
- World History
- AP World History
- United States History
- AP United States History
- American Government
- AP United States Government and Politics
- AP Psychology
Contemporary World Issues: The Sisters of Mercy have identified five critical concerns of social justice that must be addressed in the world today: Earth, Immigration, Nonviolence, Racism, and Women. This class will examine each of the five concerns through readings, discussions, documentaries, essays, and current events. The class will culminate in an action project where each student identifies a current issue within the five concerns and presents a report on solutions for building a better future.
AP World History compares patterns of changes among major societies from 8000 B.C.E. to the present. By the end of the course, students can discuss world events from a sophisticated perspective, and they can make thematic connections between time periods. Students learn to identify relevant historical evidence, to recognize the limitations of those sources, and to debate their arguments.
American Government is a one semester course that provides an analysis of the organization and influence of the governmental system at the national, state, and local levels. Student projects include campaigning as well as student excursions to Sacramento to meet their representatives and to city council meetings.
The past causes the present, and so the future.
- Peter N. Stearns