Social Studies

The Social Studies Department offers a wide selection of academic courses and experiences designed to help students acquire the knowledge and skills demanded by an increasingly interdependent world with an awareness of the diversity of people and the willingness to explore cultures outside of one’s own.

Students are challenged to analyze, evaluate, and fully comprehend the many complicated factors that shape individuals and the larger communities to which they belong. We encourage our students to both respect tradition and continually seek opportunities to inspire positive changes locally and globally.

Within the Social Studies Department, students will be able to:

  • Promote understanding and respect for all cultures and peoples.
  • Develop an awareness of the global interdependence of all peoples and nations.
  • Develop skills to competently evaluate social, economic, political, and cultural systems in the U.S. and other nations.
  • Develop knowledge, insight, and positive attitudes toward citizenship, change and community involvement.

Social Studies Department Faculty

  • Ms. Jennifer Bowker

    jbowker@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1060

    B.A. International Relations and History

    Bucknell University

    M.Ed. Secondary Education in Social Studies

    University of Pennsylvania

  • Mrs. Mary Anastasi

    Chair

    manastasi@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1416

    B.A. History, minor Education

    Saint Joseph's University

  • Ms. Lisa Beiduk

    lbeiduk@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1404

    B.A. History

    Villanova University

    M.A. History

    Villanova University

  • Mr. Robert Cucinella

    rcucinella@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1415

    B.A. Theater, History Minor

    DeSales University

    M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (Social Studies)

    Concordia University

  • Ms. Madeleine Harkins

    Director of Activities

    mharkins@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1123

    B.A. History

    Duquesne University

    M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction

    Fordham University

  • Miss Brittany Thompson

    Dean of Students

    bthompson@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1030

    B.A. History

    Immaculata University

    M.A. American Studies

    Villanova University

    Ed.D. Educational Leadership (in progress)

    Immaculata University

  • Mr. Jimmy Yen

    International Student Support Coordinator

    jyen@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1409

    B.A. Government

    Franklin and Marshall College

    M.S. Education

    Neumann University

    TESOL Certificate

    University Of Pennsylvania

Social Studies Course Sequence

GRADE 9GRADE 10GRADE 11GRADE 12
World History 1 (CP, H)World History 2 (CP, H)United States History (CP, H)US Government
Intro to Psychology
Geography and Global Issues
Law In America
Intro to Economics
AP Psychology
AP US Government and Politics
AP Microeconomics
AP World HistoryAP World History
AP United States History
Electives:
US Government
Intro to Psychology
Geography and Global Issues
Law in America
Intro to Economics
AP Psychology
AP US Government and Politics
AP Microeconomics