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Social Studies Department

Graduation Requirements
Serra students are required to complete four credits in Social Studies.

Instructors

                             Mr. Ryan Raible              Ms. Katherine Dacanay             Mrs. Karen Kolenik              Mr. Timothy Chirdon
                            Department Chair
                        412-751-2021 ext. 325      412-751-2021 ext. 306        412-751-2021 ext. 319     412-751-2021 ext. 107      
                         raibler@serrahs.org           dacanayk@serrahs.org            kolenikk@serrahs.org           chirdont@serrahs.org            
                                                                 Ms. Dacanay's Website            Mrs. Kolenik's Website

Course Offerings

Grade 

Level 1 

Level 3 

Level 5 

US/PA Part 1 

US/PA Part 1 

US/PA Part 1 

10 

World History 

World History 

World History 

11 

US/PA Part 2 

US/PA Part 2 

US/PA Part 2*

12 

Government & Economics or

Social Studies Elective

Government & Economics or

Social Studies Elective

Government* & Economics or

Social Studies Elective

*Denotes classes that are available for "College in High School" credit

Electives Offered

Course 

Grades Offered 

Level 

  Pre-Law

11-12

 3 - 5

 20th Century Conflicts 12 5
 European History* 11-12 7
 Government* 12 7
 Civil War Era* 12 7
 Sociology* 12 7
 Psychology* 12 7
*Denotes classes that are available for "College in High School" credit


Department Highlights
Guest Speakers - Recently students have heard from Vietnam war veterans, magistrates, WWII Prisoners of War, Attorneys, and parents with experience in related topics.
Supplemental Instruction - Additional supplemental materials are provided to students seeking extra help.

Organizations & Activities
Field Trips to Washington DC and Gettysburg - Students travel to sites including the White House, Congressman Michael Doyle’s office, Vietnam Memorial, Smithsonian Museum, the eternal flame at Kennedy’s grave, and Washington National Cathedral.
European Travel - Students have traveled to England, France, Germany, Italy, and Russia.
World Affairs Council - Students participate in this organization in Pittsburgh, discussing world affairs and current events.
  
Academic Competitions
Academic World Quest 2009 - Students answer questions on a variety of Social Studies topics including flags, world leaders, history, economics, etc., competing against public and private schools in Allegheny County.