Social Studies

As teachers committed to preparing students for college, the Social Studies department strives to facilitate students in strengthening their critical thinking skills through a diverse curriculum based on 21st Century skills.

Mr. Anderson and two students at the Rev War Days

The goal of the social studies is not only to present the longterm effects of historical events, the importance of economic decisions, the development of our government and the varied perspectives of the country and world, but also to provide students with tools necessary in developing strong and ethical decision-making skills. Through a combination of self-guided projects, class presentations, in-depth reading assignments, and persuasive writing, students in the Social Studies will enhance their ability to develop alternatives, consider varied perspectives, and articulate their findings with supportive evidence.

In compliance with the rigor of the Common Core standards, social studies programs have a responsibility to prepare young people to better identify, understand, and work to solve the difficult questions our increasingly diverse and interdependent world faces today. We are committed to challenging each student’s heart and mind in the Holy Cross tradition with the goal of becoming a compassionate individual and a lifelong learner. 

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Internship Opportunities

History Majors in Museum Work

  1. Historic Fort Laurens
  2. William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum
  3. Hale Farm and Village
  4. MAPS Air Museum
  5. Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
  6. Summit County Historical Society

Archaeology/Anthropology Majors

1. Summit Metro Parks: Cultural Resource Management

History Majors in Politics

  1. Stow Municipal Court
    Mr. Rick Klinger
  2. Barberton Municipal Courthouse
    Ms. Lisa Miller, Law Director
  3. U.S. Senator Rob Portman
  4. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
  5. U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs
    Ms. Katie Lewis
  6. U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez
  7. U.S. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge
  8. U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan
    Ms. Debbie Hayes
  9. Ohio House of Representatives
    Jennifer Tock
  10. Ohio Senators
    Wendy Estes

History Majors in Theater

  1. Trumpet in the Land

History Majors in Library Sciences and Special Collections

  1. Akron-Summit County Public Library (Main Branch Downtown)
    Mary Plazo

Social Studies Course Offerings

Social Studies Department Faculty

Jason Anderson


Daniel Clem

Class of 2005

Jason Dzik


Ralph Orsini


Jack Pecnik


Margaret Reed


Robert Yanko

Class of 1966