Social Studies (A)

Though the course of study in social studies is primarily aimed at preparing candidates for a life of service as teachers, it also is very helpful to those seeking preparation for law or other leadership positions in the church and world. Students will acquire the ability to use important concepts which describe and explain individual and human characteristics, both now and in the past. They will learn and develop skills in observing and analyzing a wide range of social behavior, as well as gain an understanding of the ways in which social structure and rules both frustrate and enhance individual perceptions. In addition, they will develop critical skills which will help them to gather and communicate social information. They will learn the major social and behavioral science concepts and skills and therefore become more effective leaders and servants. Finally, the curriculum places a strong emphasis on participation in society as productive citizens, ones who are able to "rule and be ruled finely" as people of God in the world.