When homeschooling high school, the phrase “Social Science” often comes up. You might see it in on a high school check-list, on a college web site, or in a list of course requirements.
It would be easy to say that social science is just another name for history (or what some call, “social studies”), but that’s only partially correct. While social science does include history, there’s a lot more to that academic category, as well.
How do I count “psychology” on my child’s transcript?
Where do I list “anthropology” on my student’s list of requirements?
What’s the difference between a science and a social science?
How many social sciences do colleges require for admission, and what classes can they be?
These are practical questions that many parents ask at one time or another. Understanding the social sciences will help families prepare their high schoolers for graduation, college, and beyond.
Social Sciences Courses
In general, high school studies in the following areas are considered social sciences:
- Law and Legal Studies
- Political Science
In college, other studies may also included within the social sciences, like business studies, media and communication, education studies, library science, and many others.
Note, while homeschool parents can essentially do whatever they want, not all social science courses should be awarded a full year of credit on the transcript, especially if the student is college-bound. For more information about that aspect, it can be helpful to refer to information from your state’s department of education, a local college, a local high school, a high school guidance counselor; or, consult a homeschool guidance counselor like me.
To your success,
Dr. Marie-Claire Moreau is a college professor who traded in her tenure to become a homeschool mom 20+ years ago. A homeschool pioneer and the founder of many groups and organizations, she works to advance home education, and is an outspoken supporter of education reform coast to coast. Her book, Suddenly Homeschooling: A Quick Start Guide to Legally Homeschool in Two Weeks, is industry-acclaimed for illustrating how homeschooling can rescue children and families from the public school system, and how anyone can begin homeschooling within a limited time-frame, with no teaching background whatsoever. A writer, a homeschool leader, and a women’s life coach, Marie-Claire mentors in a variety of areas that impact health, education and lifestyle. A conference speaker, she has appeared at FPEA, H.E.R.I., Home Education Council of America, The Luminous Mind, Vintage Homeschool Moms, iHomeschool Network, and many other events. Her articles have appeared in and on Holistic Parenting, CONNECT,Homefires, Homemaking Cottage, Kiwi, Circle of Moms, and hundreds of sites and blogs nationwide. Marie-Claire can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.