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Social Sciences Department

The social sciences program at Pius XI Catholic High School offers a wide variety of courses intended to inform, challenge, and shape our students’ world views. Courses offer opportunities for students to think critically about the world around them, as well as develop the solutions necessary to make positive changes in their communities.
Students are required to take 3.0 credits of Social Sciences to graduate. Requirements include one semester of Foundations of American Government or Honors Government, two semesters of either United States History or AP United States History, and one semester of Economics or AP Macroeconomics.

“Students who attend the Gettysburg trip, have an increased appreciation of US history which is continually demonstrated in the classroom upon their return.”

Richard Carpenter, Social Science Faculty

The Social Sciences Program is Designed to Enable Students to:

Develop the abilities to identify, describe, assess, interpret, and evaluate sources and ideas through multiple lenses within the Social Sciences.

  • Challenge the perceptions of reality and create a fundamental understanding of economic, political, historical, social, and psychological forces that shape our world.
  • Cultivate an active commitment to social justice and an improved global community.
  • Develop the skills to communicate through written, spoken and technological means, and improve critical thinking skills.
  • Explore the Social Sciences outside of the classroom through travel to Gettysburg, Chicago Art Museums, and Milwaukee City Hall. 
  • Become involved in competitions such as the Wisconsin Stock Market Game, The State Finance, and Investment Quiz Bowl.
  • Participate in in-school events such as Little Kids Day and the Holocaust Outreach Project. 

Course Offerings:

  • Introduction of Social Science
  • World History
  • Diversity and Human Rights
  • Foundations of American Government
  • Honors American Government
  • Economics
  • AP Macro Economics
  • Psychology
  • AP Psychology
  • US History: 1800 – Present
  • AP US History
  • Sociology
  • AP European History
  • The Context of Western Culture: 1700 – Present

Social Sciences Faculty

Roger Radke (Department Chair):
Rick Carpenter:
Joel Claassen:
Amanda Kaun:
Alan McCauley:
Jake Nowak:
Ruth Regent-Smith:
Mary Talsky: 

Pius XI offers an exceptional educational experience grounded in four core pillars of excellence

• Living the Faith
• College-Ready Academics
• Renowned Arts Program
• Winning Athletics

Award-winning faculty are scholars in their own right and committed to student success

• 100+ courses
• 12 Advanced Placement classes
• Customized Tailored Curriculum
• Engage students in intellectual dialogue
• Cultivating lifelong learning

Pius XI is a warm and welcoming community of global learners

• Diverse, International Community
• Broad World Perspective
• Academic Prowess
• Respect and Dignity of Others
• Deep Appreciation of Peers

Upon graduation, our students are prepared with life skills to succeed

• 93% of Pius XI graduates continue their education at a four-year university or college
• After attaining a Bachelors degree, 32% of grads will pursue an advanced degree
• Pius XI grads have been chosen by every Ivy League and Big 10 School