The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) 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 Updates

Social Studies Blog
Check out the most recent updates regarding Social Studies in Utah!

Online Courses

Online Social Studies Endorsement Course Schedule
Utah State Office of Education (USOE), in partnership with Utah Education Network (UEN), offers convenient, low-cost endorsement courses!

Secondary Core Standards Revision Process

We are currently engaged in the Secondary Core Standards Revision process. Full implementation of the standards is expected in the 2017-2018 school year. When drafts of the standards are available, you may leave comments and/or questions. Your input is welcome! 

Granting Core and Elective Credit

Since the graduation requirement for the graduating class of 2019 will require 3.0 units of social studies credit, there may be questions about what can count to meet that requirement. The Local Education Agency (LEA) determines where the additional .5 requirement can and should be allocated. The LEA has discretion, and can make an existing half-year course a full-year course, or can require an additional course from the elective courses the LEA offers. Click here for more information.

Basic Civics Test Graduation Requirement New for 2016

Any student who will graduate from a public school or adult education program on or after January 1, 2016 will be required to pass a basic civics test as a condition for graduation. USOE and UEN have created a web resource as schools implement this requirement: