The Department of Social Sciences at Temple City High School is devoted to providing all students with an accessible and challenging program. Through rigorous coursework and high standards, students will gain a greater awareness of the wider world, the role of the nation and its political and economic structures, and where they, as citizens and individuals, fit within that framework. An empasis on how historical events relate to current trends and realities, as well as how the former bears responsibility for the latter, will be a driving force for discussion and debate. Each course is designed to provide all students with the opportunity to learn and succeed; to demonstrate their strengths and build their knowledge and skills. Particularly, critical writing and analysis of a variety of sources will serve to build a strong foundation of thinking, speaking, and writing skills which will aid them in their future endeavors.