social studies

plural noun
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of social studies

1853


SOCIAL STUDIES Defined for English Language Learners

social studies

noun

Definition of social studies for English Language Learners

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


SOCIAL STUDIES Defined for Kids

social studies

noun plural

Definition of social studies for Students

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

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