History and Social Science
The first objective of the Department is to present the panorama of the human past in all its richness and diversity so that the student will appreciate not only the realities of the human experience but also the degree to which the present and future are the products of that past. The second is to practice the intellectual disciplines inherent in historic inquiry, which include the mastery of a defined body of factual and analytic material, as well as developing the capacity to ask the kind of questions about determinism, contingency, evolution, decline, and progress with which historians constantly grapple.
Students then learn how to go about seeking answers to such questions through the informed use of the myriad historical sources available for any given historical epoch or topic. The study of history should foster a growing sense of wonder about the human adventure as well as the capacity to read with critical care, listen with respect and attention, speak with clarity and conviction, and finally to write with grace and power. Thus the scope of historical investigation at The Hill begins with our own history in this community, our “City on The Hill,” and ranges outward in time and space to incorporate the oldest known human societies, the evolution of the modern world, the development of Western culture, and the heritage of the particular American experience.
Three years ago, Athey Family Master of History Daniel McMains ’98 started teaching his history classes at Hill in a new way using the Case Method Project. This method was originally developed at Harvard Business School, which uses case-based teaching in its graduate-level classes. At Hill, all honors-level U.S. history classes are are completely case-based.
Currently, Mr. McMains is one of only 300 high school teachers in the country using Harvard cases in their classes. However, he was recently recognized by the Case Method Project as the first teacher in its history to have taught 50 case studies. Learn more about the Case Method Project at The Hill.
- 20th Century History
- World History (Honors option)
- Economics AP (College Level)
- Advanced Economics (College Level)
- Psychology AP (College Level)
- Comparative Government and Politics AP (College Level)
- United States History
- United States History (Honors)
- United States History AP (College Level)
- War Series
- Advanced History Seminar (College Level)