Welcome to Social Studies

Overview

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.

Check out the most recent updates regarding Social Studies in Utah by visiting our Utah Education Network (UEN) blog.

Social Studies Blog

Educator Endorsements

Applications

Social Studies
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Educator Licensing

Includes:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Studies Composite
  • Sociology
  • Utah Studies

Online Endorsement Courses

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE), in partnership with the Utah Education Network (UEN,) offers a full slate of social studies endorsement courses designed to provide Utah educators with rigorous course content eligible for higher education credit, while allowing maximum flexibility for participants. 

These courses demand considerable work per week per course. Therefore, educators may only register for two courses per term. However, with careful planning, it should be possible to complete endorsement requirements in a timely manner.

Utah Core Standards

The Utah Standards for Social Studies reflect the content, concepts, and skills considered essential for all students.The newly revised secondary social studies standards were adopted in the December 2016 Utah State Board of Education (USBE) meeting.

With the additional adoption of the Utah Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects came an opportunity to ensure a seamless connection between the content and concepts in the existing social studies standards and the literacy skills in the ELA core.

The term “literacy” is too often considered solely an ELA term. In fact, literacy is a term that transcends disciplines. We must have historically literate students, with all the skills essential to understand and appreciate the rich tapestry of human history. We must have geographically literate students able to understand the world around them. Clearly economic literacy is essential for the well-being of our students and nation. Civic literacy is essential for the sustaining of our democratic republic.

Grades K-2

Core Standards for Social Studies: Grades K-2

Online Resources:

Grades 3-6

Core Standards for Social Studies: Grades 3-6

Online Resources:

Grades 7-12

Utah Core State Standards for Social Studies: Grades 7-12

Anthropology

While Anthropology is not a core requirement for High School graduation it is often taught as an elective course in Utah. Course outlines created by teachers will often refer to national standards.

Economics

While Economics is not a core requirement for High School graduation, it is often taught as an elective course in Utah. Course descriptions created by teachers will often follow national standards.

Psychology

While Psychology is not a core requirement for High School graduation it is often taught as an elective course in Utah. Course descriptions created by teachers will often follow national standards.

National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula
American Psychology Association

Sociology

While Sociology is not a core requirement for High School graduation it is often taught as an elective course in Utah. Course descriptions created by teachers will often follow national standards.

Note: Please contact the department directly if you need the information in these documents in an accessible format!

Programs

Capitol Field Trips

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) welcomes your application for reimbursement of transportation costs incurred by visiting the Utah State Capitol. You can bring your students to the Capitol during the legislative session, or anytime during the school year. Thanks to a special legislative allocation, funds are available and schools are encouraged to apply. Grant funds will reimburse for transportation expenses only. Please note that the deadline for 2017-2018 school year application requests will close on April 15, 2018.  Your field trip can occur after that date, of course.  

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You will be notified via e-mail if your field trip can be funded, and when you have completed the field trip you will submit your invoice to your Local Education Agency (LEA) business office for reimbursement.  

Making the Most of Your Social Studies Field Trips
Utah Education Network (UEN)

United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)

USSYP is an amazing opportunity for motivated student leaders to have direct contact with the highest-level elected and appointed officials in the nation who meet with them during a week-long intensive educational program in Washington, D.C. Students will meet with U.S. Senators, senior Senate officers, the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Cabinet Secretaries and many other national leaders. Sponsored by the Senate and funded and administered by The Hearst Foundations for fifty-five years, the USSYP mission is to encourage the best and brightest students in America’s high schools to pursue careers in public service.

Begun in 1962, the USSYP provides for all expenses, including travel and accommodations, as well as a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship for each student. Two students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will be selected, according to the criteria outlined in the official brochure. 

Principals, teachers, and guidance counselors are encouraged to nominate exceptional high school juniors and seniors serving in an elected or appointed position in the 2017–2018 academic year with a strong interest in government and history. Each Utah high school may select two students to participate in the state competition held in November of each year. A packet of information is sent to all high schools in August. 

Resources

Utah Educational Network (UEN)

Online Endorsement Courses

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE), in partnership with the Utah Education Network (UEN,) offers a full slate of social studies endorsement courses designed to provide Utah educators with rigorous course content eligible for higher education credit, while allowing maximum flexibility for participants. These courses demand considerable work per week per course. Therefore, educators may only register for two courses per term. However, with careful planning, it should be possible to complete endorsement requirements in a timely manner.

Social Studies Team

Robert Austin
Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7575 | E-mail

Esther Navarrette
Office Assistant
Phone: (801) 538-7891 | E-mail