Academic Excellence

75 years of rigorous, classical education

Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum is designed to locate the student in the cultural community of “world and nation.”

Department Overview

A foundation is built through an emphasis on history in both the Middle School and Upper School. As the student progresses through the forms, we build on this with cross-disciplinary connections to theology, language, science, literature, art, music, and philosophy.

Students in Forms V and VI are offered a wide range of courses and are required to take two semesters (a third suggested) of several single semester electives. Students graduate with a fundamental understanding of the historical forces that have helped shape the 21st century.

Throughout the curriculum, we stress the development of skills in analytical thinking, note taking/outlining, basic research and more importantly, writing.

Curriculum Sequence

Form A Geography
Form I Introduction to Classical Civilizations
Form II U.S. History
Form III AP World History 
Form IV AP US History 
Forms V & VI Electives including: AP U.S. Government & Politics; AP Comparative Politics; AP Macroeconomics; AP Microeconomics; Native American Studies; International Relations; Physical Anthropology; U.S. Constitutional Law & Politics;
History of the Modern Middle East; DC History; Latin American Studies

Social Studies Faculty
Mr. Henry Achilles, Department Chair
U.S. History; AP U.S. History;
M.A., Liberal Studies, Georgetown University
B.A., History, George Washington University
hachilles@saintanselms.org
Mr. Paul Commins
AP Macroeconomics
M.S., Statistics, University of Minnesota
B.A., Mathematics, Grinnell College
pcommins@saintanselms.org
Fr. Michael Hall, OSB, Ph.D., '56
AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP European History
Ph.D., History, McGill University
Diploma in Historical Studies, University of Cambridge
M.A., History and Politics, Catholic University of America
B.A., Philosophy and History, Catholic University of America
mhall@saintanselms.org
Mr. Jeffrey Harwood
Geography
M.A., Literature, American University
M.Ed., Elementary & Secondary Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
B.A., Psychology, University of Rochester
jharwood@saintanselms.org
Dr. Mike Manglitz, '00
AP World History I
Ph.D., English Language and Literature, The Catholic University of America
M.Ed., Reading Instruction, Goucher College
M.A., English Literature, The Catholic University of America
B.A., English Literature & Secondary Education, Goucher College
mmanglitz@saintanselms.org
Mr. Thomas Mehigan
Introduction to Classical Civilizations; Introduction to Liberal Arts
Certificate, School Administration, Middle School Principal, George Mason University
M.S., Special Education, Hunter College, City University of New York
B.F.A., Drama, Illinois Wesleyan University
tmehigan@saintanselms.org
Mr. Jonathan Vaile
AP Psychology
M.A., Literature, George Mason University
B.A., English and Psychology, Randolf-Macon College
jvaile@saintanselms.org