Social Studies Department

The Mercy Social Studies program integrates history, geography, economics, political science, other social sciences and humanities in order to prepare students to be participating citizens. Specifically, students will:

  • Develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for themselves and for the common good.
  • Prepare for their role as citizens and decision makers in a diverse, democratic society.
  • Examine the thought process as it relates to human behavior.
  • Become familiar with significant people, places, events and issues in the past in order to understand the present.
  • Act responsibly and become successful problem solvers in an interdependent world of limited resources.
  • Balance knowledge, conceptual understanding and skill development.
  • Incorporate the use of technology in learning social studies concepts and skills.

Our teachers utilize inquiry as a pedagogical approach and all courses are aligned with National and State standards.


Required Courses

World History, U.S. History, American Government and Contemporary World Issues. All other courses are electives, at least one of which is required for graduation.

Electives

Economics, AP U.S. History, AP U.S. Government, Psychology, Economics and Financial Literacy, Geography: Here, There and Everywhere, Cincinnati

 

Unique Opportunities

  • Service - All seniors are required to volunteer at least 10 hours - Six hours must be with a social service agency the other four may be with an agency of their choice or a civic/political organization.
  • Mock Trial - Open to all Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
  • Youth in City Government
  • Field Trip to the Freedom Center

Clubs & Activities

Key Club

The Key Club helps develop leadership skills in Mercy students. By serving the community and the school, they are prepared to be useful citizens when they graduate.  The Key Club members volunteer time with activities such as the Special Olympics, Harvest home Fair and Prepare Affair.  They also host a dinner to honor Veterans each year. 

Mock Trial

This is a city-wide program, sponsored by the Cincinnati Bar Association, in which Mercy freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors simulate a court case on a contemporary issue. The students are asked to perform the roles of attorneys and witnesses. Opening statements, cross-examinations, closing arguments and questioning are all done by the students. Winning teams from Hamilton County qualify for regional and state competition.

PALS

Mercy students are paired with senior citizens in our community.  Students are then encouraged to be in touch with their PALS once a month; contact often includes letters, cards and small gifts.  Students are also encouraged to visit with their PALS. 

Student Council

Student Council is comprised of the school's primary student leaders.  The group facilitates communication among other organizations throughout the school. The raise funds to finance projects and provide student scholarships and tuition grants. The group promotes school spirit and pride.  Leaders in each class organize and sponsor activities for the members of that class. Executive officers are elected to each position by their peers. 

 

Social Studies Department Faculty

Melissa Antons '99
Kelli Blum
Chris Dearing Kroner '80 (Chairperson)