Social Studies is the multidisciplinary study of the humanities and the social sciences to prepare young people to become responsible, engaged citizens through disciplinary knowledge, disciplinary skills, commitment to democratic values and citizen participation. In Minnesota, state standards that define social studies knowledge and skills are found in the social studies standards and the English language arts standards. The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies define the knowledge and skills that students must achieve in civics and government, economics, geography and history. The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) define the requirements for literacy in history and social studies.
For more information on Minnesota State Standards, please see the Minnesota Department of Education.