The National Council for the Social Studies defines social studies as "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence." For students to become fully empowered participants in democracy, attention must be paid to this "civic competence." The social studies, including history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, are central to the mission of public schools.


Social Studies News

To keep current with social studies news and professional development opportunities, check out the USOE Social Studies Blog.

Regular newsletters have been replaced by the blog. Here are our Archived Newsletters.


Exemplary Social Studies Teachers
See what some exemplary Social Studies teachers are doing in their classroom.

Great Opportunities for Teachers
Remember to check out the great opportunities for teachers, often free of charge.

Teaching and Learning
For more information on other curriculum areas at the Utah State Office of Education (USOE).