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Social Studies

Recognizing that, in the information age, the need for effective analysis, evaluation and synthesis from trained social scientists is more critical than ever, the Fenwick Social Studies Department strives to aid students to become creative and independent thinkers. Indeed, Fenwick social studies students must become apprentice social scientists and scholars in courses which examine the important political, geographic, economic, legal, religious, cultural and social issues of our contemporary and historical worlds.


Required Courses

  • Freshmen – Western Civilization to 1500; World Civilizations since 1500
  • Sophomore-Senior – Civics/A.P. Government
  • Juniors – United States History

Elective Courses

  • Economics
  • Chicago History (*summer course only)
  • Psychology
  • United States Foreign Policy since 1945
  • Regional Histories: African, East Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern

Advanced Placement Offerings/Suggested Test Prep Aides

Department Extracurriculars



Alex Holmberg

Department Chair

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