social studies

plural noun

Definition of social studies

: a part of a school or college curriculum concerned with the study of social relationships and the functioning of society and usually made up of courses in history, government, economics, civics, sociology, geography, and anthropology

Examples of social studies in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Medha Kirtane , a social studies teacher at Ridgewood High School in New Jersey, has been incorporating Asian American and Pacific Islander history in her classes for the past 15 years. Michelle Cho, NBC News, 3 June 2022 Call to worship was given by social studies teacher and honorary senior class member Anne Printz. Courtney Mcgee, Baltimore Sun, 1 June 2022 Evans, a social studies teacher, teaches students about the Stonewall riots and hangs pictures on his wall of Marsha P. Johnson, a gay-rights advocate, and Malcolm X. al, 16 May 2022 Before coming to the Menomonee Falls School District, Golla was an athletics and activities director at Brookfield East High School and a high school and middle school social studies teacher in the Elmbrook School District. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2022 Fearing for their jobs, teachers in some communities are avoiding the conversation altogether, said Anton Schulzki, a high school social studies teacher in Colorado Springs and president of the National Council for the Social Studies. Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, 18 May 2022 Some of these reenactors travel the country to tell the stories of their ancestors, and high school social studies teacher Jason Sumner expects to have a busy summer as the interest grows. Steve Osunsami, ABC News, 18 Apr. 2022 Jordan Russell, a high school social studies teacher in Bryan, Tex., agrees. Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American, 24 Jan. 2022 Kerr received his bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Miami University and his master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, 16 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of social studies

1853, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jun 2022

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“Social studies.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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social studies

noun plural

Kids Definition of social studies

: the studies (as civics, history, and geography) that deal with human relationships and the way society works


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