social studies

a course of instruction in an elementary or secondary school comprising such subjects as history, geography, civics, etc.

1925–30 Unabridged
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social studies
(functioning as singular) the study of how people live and organize themselves in society, embracing geography, history, economics, and other subjects

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Example sentences
In school he was strong in mathematics but weak in social studies and
Doc thought the best way to teach social studies to middle school and high
  school students was through simulations.
With all the science available, and all the real time technology, the vagueness
  of language still dominates the social studies.
It is filled with free primary source materials for teaching history and social
  studies to your kids.
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