Ragsdale Social Studies Department

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  • Social Studies Department Members above right to left. Front Row: Adu Gyamfi, Rutz, Murphy, Crawford. Back row: Bacon, Moss, Sullivan, Blake, Glasgow. Not Pictured: Lamb, Pollock, Tennant

  • Welcome to the Ragsdale Social Studies Department webpage!

    Social Studies Department Members: Adu Gyamfi, Blake, Crawford, Glasgow, Lamb, Moss (Dept. Chair), Pollock, Rutz, Sullivan, Tennant


    To meet North Carolina Graduation requirements, students are required to take the following courses at either the honors or standard level:

    • Class of 2022 (Seniors) - World History, Civics, American History I, American History II*
    • Class of 2023 (Juniors) - World History, Civic Literacy, American History (Combined), Economics & Personal Finance
    • Class of 2024 (Sophomores) - Civic Literacy, World History, American History (Combined), Economics & Personal Finance
    • Class of 2025 (Freshmen) - Civic Literacy, World History, American History (Combined), Economics & Personal Finance


    Requirements differ slightly between grade levels due to changes in North Carolina's social studies graduation requirements. Full implementation will begin with the class of 2024.  Students may fulfill the requirement for World History by taking AP World History, and the requirement for American History (I, II, and combined) by taking AP US History. Both AP World and AP US History are year long courses. Students must take the Honors Humanities section in the fall and the AP section in the spring. 


    The Social Studies department at Ragsdale is pleased to offer the following Advanced Placement courses and electives, in addition to the courses required for graduation:

    • AP World History
    • AP United States History
    • AP European History
    • AP US Government and Politics
    • AP Psychology
    • AP Human Geography
    • Honors African American History
    • Psychology
    • Sociology


    Students interested in social studies who wish to continue their involvement outside of the classroom should consider joining one of the following groups sponsored by the department:

    • Student Council - sponsor Mr. Moss
    • Model UN - sponsor Mr. Moss
    • African American History Quiz Bowl - sponsor Ms. Blake
    • Peer Tutoring - sponsor Ms. Pollock
    • Breaking the Glass - sponsor Ms. Blake