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.
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.
Further explore social Studies at BMHS
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.
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.
RHO KAPPA Social Studies Honor Society is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. RHO KAPPA provides national recognition and opportunities for exploration in the social studies. The mission and purpose of this organization is to promote scholarship and to recognize academic excellence in social studies in secondary school environments and the community, to provide through its local chapters opportunities for exploration in the social studies in secondary school environments and the community, to encourage interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies.
Social Studies Department Chairperson Mr. Michael Pozniak and his Honors Global Studies classes host the annual Asia Symposium in the Andy Mona '82 Student Center. Using iPads and technology to help with their presentations, students shared their insights, presented research and provided information on East and Southeast Asia on such topics as feminism in Japan, the culture of anime, and the exploitation of garment workers, as well as others.
The Social Studies department, under the leadership of Western Civilization teacher, Mr. Geoffrey Molchan, sponsors trips to Rome & Italy taking Bishop McNamara students on an exciting and enriching tour of the historical wonders of Florence, Venice, Assisi, Rome, and the ancient city of Pompeii.
The purpose of these trips is not only to 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.
For more information about these trips, contact Mr. Molchan at Geoffrey.Molchan@bmhs.org.