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

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By 2005, Beierle was living in Maryland and teaching English and social studies at Anne Arundel County's Meade High School. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019 Isabella’s favorite subjects are history, geography and social studies. Hal Boedeker,, "Two Central Florida girls star in new version of ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader’," 6 June 2019 King is a fifth grade social studies teacher at 21st Century Charter School. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Gary Redevelopment takes on two new members," 6 June 2019 Passaro, a social studies faculty member at Calvert Hall College High School, was named Maryland History Day District Teacher of the Year. Courtney Mcgee,, "Students at Immaculate Conception in Towson honored with history awards," 5 June 2019 The Texas Board of Education on Friday voted to remove former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the state’s social studies curriculum. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas Board of Ed votes to pull Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from social studies curriculum," 14 Sep. 2018 Working out the details from a pile of bones takes a combination of forensic science and social studies. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Man With a Knife for an Arm," 14 Aug. 2018 Watson, social studies coordinator for the secondary program in teacher education at Lewis & Clark, is an editor at Rethinking Schools — a national publisher of educational materials. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "TEACHING FOR BLACK LIVES," 10 July 2018 Noel Runyan, 31, a liberal-leaning high school social studies teacher, agreed. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Scott Pruitt, Fallen E.P.A. Chief, May Rise Again in Oklahoma," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of social studies

1853, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of social studies

: a course of study that deals with human relationships and the way society works

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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