social studies

plural noun

: 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 Holt worked as a social studies and driver’s education teacher and in a grain mill before retiring and moving to the trailer park, where Smith hired him as a handyman and groundskeeper. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 To graduate in New York now, most students earn 22 credits, and pass five Regents exams in subjects like English, math and social studies. Troy Closson, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 Illingworth helped lead the district’s conservative push over the past two years, including for a new social studies curriculum, a gag order on staff and cuts to mental health programs. Tyler Kingkade, NBC News, 9 Nov. 2023 The exam covered basic knowledge of social studies, science, math, literature, and writing. Emma Green, The New Yorker, 31 Oct. 2023 Zohreh Shayan said her son in high school had been fearful to express his views during a social studies class in which the teacher emphasized solidarity with Israel. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2023 He is certified to teach social studies for grades seven through 12 and holds a technical permit for television broadcasting. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, 10 Oct. 2023 On the Catholic University campus in Northeast, a Kentucky social studies teacher visiting for a conference was fatally shotin July, apparently while struggling with a robber, police said. Emily Davies, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2023 Bryan Chu, who is paid about $75,000 per school year, has been on paid administrative leave from his role as a middle school social studies teacher at Harriet Tubman Middle School since April of 2022. oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of social studies was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Social studies.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

social studies

noun plural
: the studies dealing with human relationships and the way society works (as history, civics, economics, and geography)
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