Social Studies

The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world. (NCSS, 1993) 


Wisconsin Standards for Social Studies differentiate six strands of the field: 

  • Inquiry Practices and Processes
  • Behavioral Sciences (which include Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology)
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science

Instructional Resources

Inquiry Practices and Processes


Behavioral Sciences

(Includes Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology)



Political Science

Terms & Definitions