Department Chair: Mr. Winthrop Baylies
Throughout history all cultures and nations have faced the same basic questions about how to organize themselves socially, politically and economically. These decisions are in turn affected by the role played by geography, religion, invasion, and many other cultural factors. All Social Studies courses at Keio address these questions by challenging students to go beyond memorizing information: to understand material in a way that encourages students to make connections between time and place, between cause and effect, and to be able to think critically about the nature of tradeoffs faced in all societies.
All Keio students arriving in the ninth grade take World Geography. Students in the 10th grade simultaneously take World History, taught by in English, and Ancient Japanese History, taught in Japanese. (This makes 10th grade a truly bilingual and bicultural year in Social Studies courses.) All 11th grade students must take two English-based Social Studies courses: U.S. History and Government, and Cultural Studies. In the 12th grade, all students are required to take Modern Japanese History, taught in Japanese. In addition, all 12th grade students who are non-science majors must also choose from one of three English-based courses: Advanced Cultural Studies, Political Thought (Regular or Honors sections), or Economics and Business.
Preparation for higher education
Social Studies courses are designed to prepare our students to pursue interests in one of five Keio University undergraduate faculties:
- Faculty of Law (Politics)
- Faculty of Law (Law)
- Faculty of Economics
- Faculty of Business and Commerce
- Faculty of Policy Management