Social Studies


The Social Studies Department seeks to prepare students for their role as active citizens in a democratic society.  Through the study of civics, history, geography and economics, students acquire the knowledge and intellectual skills needed to understand our complex world and to make informed, intelligent decisions.

In their study of United States History and World History, students examine all aspects of the human experience: social, political, technological, economic and intellectual. They gain an understanding of how the past has shaped the culture, institutions, and conditions of present day America and the world. In preparation for their role as citizens, students examine the fundamental documents and principles of American democracy, the role of government, and the relationship between the United States and other nations.


The Social Studies program stresses development of skills in reading, writing, speaking and thinking. Research skills, including the use of technology in the research process, are also addressed. Critical thinking skills developed in social studies courses include the ability to evaluate primary sources, analyze and interpret data, make comparisons, and understand causal relationships.


All students are required to successfully complete three courses: World History, U.S. History 1, U.S. History 2. In addition, students are encouraged to enroll in a variety of electives which include Sociology*, Criminal Justice,* United States Government & Politics (A.P.), and United States History (A.P.), Intro to Psychology, American Government, and Holocaust and Genocide Studies.


Supervisor - Mr. Jonathan Banta

(973) 389-2861



Courses Offered
  • World Cultures
  • Honors World Cultures
  • U.S. History I
  • U.S. History I Honors
  • U.S. History II
  • U.S. History II Honors
  • Sociology
  • Criminal Justice
  • A.P. U.S. History
  • A.P. U.S. Government & Politics
  • World History & Geography
  • American Government
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Tomorrow's Teachers
  • Intro to Psychology