History and Social Studies are integral to a student's liberal education. The disciplines involved teach thought process, intellectual attitudes, and analytic methods that shape the way students look at the past, the present and the future. The Social Studies Department stresses the objective analysis of facts by the individual, the structuring of those facts to form a hypothesis and the presentation of both the facts and the hypothesis in a logical form. It is hoped that history students will come to understand the significance of the past; to develop historical empathy; to understand historical causation and the role of the individual and of change in history; and to realize that the world and the United States are both made up of many diverse cultures, yet in case of the world, there is a shared humanity, and in the case of the United States, a shared culture and common experience. Four credits of Social Studies are required for graduation.
The BMHS Social Studies Department faculty members have lived in, studied in, or toured a combined total of over 95 countries, allowing them to share firsthand experiences that enhance cultural studies in the classroom.
Bishop McNamara is an affiliate with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The Affiliate School Program is a unique gateway to educational resources, events and tools designed to bring American history to life in the classroom.
The Social Studies department sponsored a trip to Italy during the Easter Break 2014. Mr. Geoffrey Molchan, Western Civilization teacher, led 20 Bishop McNamara students on this exciting and enriching tour of the historical wonders of Florence, Venice, Assisi, Rome, and the ancient city of Pompeii. The purpose of the trip was to not only open students to foreign cultures and history, but to hopefully inspire them to spend time abroad during their college years for study and future travel.
On May 14, 2014, Bishop McNamara’s new Social Studies Honor Society, Rho Kappa, inducted its first 24 members in the Moreau Chapel. Congratulations to these deserving 11th and 12th grade students for their hard work and demonstration of their commitment to excellence in the social studies curriculum.
Mr. Michael Pozniak, Social Studies chair, was awarded a 2014 Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship to travel and study in Japan from June 30 to July 12, 2014.