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Social Studies Department

Social Studies is the memory, reflection and analysis of the human group experience. Without it, we cannot know who we are, where we are, or how we arrived. Civilization is not inherited but learned, and must be learned by each generation anew. Social studies locates us in the present by connecting us to our past so we can move into the future with wisdom, for only the truly wise can be “Men and Women for Others.” Therefore, rather than emphasize a mass of data, the Jesuit Dallas Social Studies Department focuses on those trends and processes of the social sciences that enable us to better understand our world and ourselves. The various disciplines of social studies require one to train and exercise all the essential aspects of intellectual activity: inquiry, reason, self-expression and communication. Together they enable one to become a truly educated individual. Above all, social studies teaches those habits truly characteristic of an educated person: those of skepticism, criticism, perspective, objectivity, and the ability to see not only the blacks and whites of the human experience, but also the various shades of gray.

Social Studies AP Appeals Process:

Please note that STEPS 1 AND 2 MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE 9:00am MONDAY MAY 22, 2017 in order for your request to be considered.

A student initiates an appeal for admission into a Social Studies AP course by contacting a Social Studies Department Chair, Ms Ochs or Mr Profitt, and then he will be asked to complete steps 1 and 2 below (possibly step 3 depending on the results of steps 1 and 2):

1. The student’s request for admission into AP will be considered based on the final grades of the Spring semester which he just completed. An appealing student is to request that Mr. Naughton (pnaughton@jesuitcp.org) email the final Spring Semester overall GPA and cumulative Social Studies grades to the Social Studies Department Chairs (dochs@jesuitcp.org and cprofitt@jesuitcp.org). Required Spring semester grades must be delivered to Social Studies Department Chairs BEFORE Monday May 22, 2017 for appeal consideration.

2. The student will have BOTH his most recent Social Studies AND English teachers email the Social Studies Department Chairs (dochs@jesuitcp.org and cprofitt@jesuitcp.org) with a brief recommendation. Recommendation must be delivered to Social Studies Department Chairs BEFORE Monday May 22, 2017 for appeal consideration.

3. The student may be required to write a paper on a topic to be determined by the Social Studies Department Chairs in order to exhibit the student’s command of thesis crafting, ability to defend a thesis with factual evidence, argument organization, clarity of prose and citation skills. Topics and expectations will be graduated based on the student's current grade level.

All students are to understand that evidence of plagiarism is considered a serious breach of academic integrity.
Appeals for 2017-2018 Social Studies AP admission consideration is closed as of 9:00 a.m. Monday May 22, 2017.