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Questions and answers on History-Social Science.

History-Social Science Course of Study

  1. Is History-Social Science a required course in California for grades one to six?

    Yes. Education Code (EC) §51210(c) says that the adopted course of study for grades one to six, inclusive, shall include instruction, beginning in grade one and continuing through grade six, in social sciences. The courses shall draw "upon the disciplines of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology, designed to fit the maturity of the pupils. Instruction shall provide a foundation for understanding the history, resources, development, and government of California and the United States of America; the development of the American economic system including the role of the entrepreneur and labor; the relations of persons to their human and natural environment; eastern and western cultures and civilizations; contemporary issues; and the wise use of natural resources."

  2. Is History-Social Science a required course in California for grades seven to twelve?

    Yes. EC §51220(b) says that the adopted course of study for grades seven to twelve, inclusive, shall offer courses in the social sciences. The courses shall draw "upon the disciplines of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology, designed to fit the maturity of the pupils. Instruction shall provide a foundation for understanding the history, resources, development, and government of California and the United States of America; instruction in our American legal system, the operation of the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, and the rights and duties of citizens under the criminal and civil law and the State and Federal Constitutions; the development of the American economic system, including the role of the entrepreneur and labor; the relations of persons to their human and natural environment; eastern and western cultures and civilizations; human rights issues, with particular attention to the study of the inhumanity of genocide, slavery, and the Holocaust, and contemporary issues."

  3. Are there History-Social Science graduation requirements?

    Yes, EC §51225.3 (a)(1)(D) reads (in relevant part) "no pupil shall receive a diploma of graduation from high school who, while in grades nine to twelve, inclusive, has not completed … the following: three courses in social studies, including United States history and geography; world history, culture, and geography; a one-semester course in American government and civics, and a one-semester course in economics.”

  4. What are the UC requirements for History-Social Science?

    To satisfy the subject requirement for eligibility for University of California admission, you must complete 15 specified year-long high school courses. These courses are also known as the "a-g" subjects External link opens in new window or tab. . At least seven of the 15 year-long courses must be taken in the last two years of high school. These courses include: two years of history/social science, including one year of world history, cultures and geography; and one year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of civics or American government.

  5. May ninth grade World History credit be given for successful completion of an Advanced Placement (AP) European History class?

    The California Department of Education encourages districts and local educational agencies to tailor the courses to meet the demands and interest of their student population while maintaining the integrity and rigor of the state content standards (PDF; 846KB; 68pp.). In order to meet the content standards for World History at the ninth grade, the AP European course should be expanded to include all of the content standards for World History.
Questions: Stacey Greer | sgreer@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-5818 
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