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Social Studies

416 McKinley Ave.
Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-463-3800

Social Studies Department

The mission of the GHS Social Studies Department is for our students to become active, informed, and responsible citizens of our democratic society by understanding multicultural, local, national, and global perspectives. Students will become critical thinkers by engaging in authentic learning experiences that develop their ability to read, analyze, draw conclusions and create arguments using a variety of sources. 

Geneva High School requires a minimum of 2.5 credits in Social Studies which includes a World History course, a United States History course, and a Government course. Elective courses are available and students are highly encouraged to enroll in any of these courses, as most competitive universities recommend between 3 and 4 Social Studies credits for their enrollment.  

Social Studies Course Sequence
Freshman Year Required Course
World History
AP Human Geography
Sophomore Year Required Course
American Studies
United States History
AP United States History
Junior/Senior Year Required Course
United States Government
AP United States Government and Politics
Junior/Senior Year Electives
*open to sophomores
AP Psychology (full year)
AP World History (full year)
AP Macroeconomics 
American Issues*
Global Issues*
Political Campaigns and Elections
Urban Studies

The Social Studies Department extra-curricular activities:
  • Model United Nations
    • Students will be involved in a variety of simulations, discussing pressing issues of our world.  This involves a little travel and possibly overnight stays.  Simulations traditionally involve other schools.
  • Local Government Day
    • An opportunity for students to engage with employees or our city government and members of Geneva City Council. 
  • Social Studies National Honors Society
    • A variety of service-oriented projects to engage students in civic involvement.
  • Foreign Travel
    • Opportunities to experience foreign countries in relation to the curriculum with an emphasis on European travel.