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Social Studies Department K-12

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Our mission to empower teachers to deliver a rich and rigorous social studies curriculum that develops the social understanding, critical thinking, and civic efficacy necessary for making responsible decisions in the 21st century.

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Ethnic Studies

What are ethnic studies courses?

Ethnic Studies courses place the stories of people of color at the center of the curriculum. The goal is critical engagement with content ignored or minimized in the state standards, culturally sustaining pedagogy, community connections, and social action. Courses are interdisciplinary, typically combining history, literature, economics, sociology, anthropology, and political science.   Ethnic studies began at the university level in response to demands from students for a more culturally relevant curriculum and in recent years has grown in the K-12 curriculum.


What ethnic studies courses do we offer in Minneapolis Public Schools?

African American History and Culture (#02171)

Chican@/Latin@ History (#021072)

Asian American History (#021073)

First Nations History​ (#021074)

​African Diaspora in the U.S. (#021075)

History of the Hmong (#02271)​

Intro to Ethnic Studies [for middle school] (#2016)​

Somali Studies [beginning school year 2019-20]