The Bellarmine Social Science Department educates in the belief that the study of this diverse discipline is an integral part of becoming a “man for others.” The exploration of history, geography, politics, economics, culture, and human thought creates an appreciation of our world and a sensitivity to its many peoples. The department feels that the study of the Social Sciences helps each student to better understand the Jesuit mission of the promotion of faith that does justice by focusing on issues of social justice throughout history.
The progression of courses in the Social Science department seeks to develop the fundamental social studies skills of critical reading, writing, and thinking. In lower division courses, study skills such as efficient note taking, close reading, and proper study strategies are also reinforced. Upper division courses stress research, composition, and oral presentation skills.
Advanced Placement (AP) Program
The Social Science Department offers rigorous honors and AP courses to challenge top students in a number of fields. AP course offerings are available sophomore, junior and senior year. Classes are intended for students interested in pursuing studies in these particular fields in greater depth. Informed Enrollment is employed for honors/AP courses, meaning that interested students must first solicit feedback from their current teacher, parents and counselor, and secure counselor approval, prior to enrollment.