Social Studies Courses

World Civilizations

What enabled the western European nations, in a process that began around the year 1500, to dominate nearly all of the peoples of the world? How did the geographic positioning, the history, and the cultural traditions of the West create the foundation for all that is familiar today? These are the two focusing questions of […]

Why Food Matters: An Introduction to Local, Regional, and Global Food Systems

We interact with food on a daily basis and yet its origin and journey is often unclear. This course is designed to introduce students to the complex systems that bring food from farm to table. The study of food systems is dynamic and multidisciplinary, so the curriculum will integrate Social Studies, humanities, nutrition, and environmental […]

U.S. History

This course examines colonization of the New World through the end of the 19th century, with specific attention paid to the American Revolution, the Constitution, slavery, and the Civil War. Students learn to analyze the major causes and effects of important events; compare, contrast, and evaluate conflicting interpretations of events; and propose and defend solutions […]


Why do people do the things they do? What does it mean to be “normal”? How do we learn and remember? What does it mean to think and feel, and how do we know? People have pondered these questions for ages, and the field of psychology provides the tools to search for answers. In this […]


This course examines different perspectives on complex contemporary issues such as socioeconomic class, immigration, mental illness, and other timely topics depending on the semester. Students respond to a variety of viewpoints connected with these issues by reflecting on their own experiences and by considering their opinions alongside outside sources of information. Students develop a service-learning […]

Modern World History

The society in which we live is a direct result of 20th-century events, both in the U.S. and across the world. This course reviews important domestic and international developments and events since 1900, and approaches the 20th century through the themes of communism versus capitalism, genocide, colonialism, war, human rights, and globalization. Students learn to […]

Introduction to Social Studies 7

This course is an introduction to Social Studies focusing on the American experience. It includes orientation to social sciences such as geography, economics, and civics, as well as topics in history. Some units of study include: What is History, Thetford history, Native American people, slavery, civil rights, immigration, and major American conflicts. For each unit, […]

Global Studies and Geography

Global economic, cultural, and political forces increasingly shape our lives in the 21st century. This course aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully navigate our global society. Major questions in this course will include: Where are the countries, regions, and major physical features on earth located? What does it mean […]

Gender Studies

In this course, students explore how gender roles in the world have changed and expanded since the 1860’s. Students look at the political, social, economic, educational, and gender issues of the past and apply them to contemporary issues. The course focuses on everyday sexism and how it affects not just women but everyone in our […]

Economics – Honors Course

This two-part, honors-level course will be offered in the fall and spring semesters. The two parts may be completed independently of one another, but it is recommended that they be completed sequentially. The course will begin by focusing on introductory concepts in micro and macroeconomics. Fundamental principles governing economic activities of the individual and firm, […]