Department Mission Statement

The primary goal of the social studies department of St. Francis DeSales High School is to prepare our students to be engaged and effective citizens of our democratic republic and the global community. Understanding our past is essential to understanding the issues and problems of today. We are committed to helping students see the world from various social science perspectives--as historians, geographers, political scientists, economists, psychologists, sociologists, etc. Our classes are designed to develop learners who seek information from many sources and perspectives, ask meaningful questions, and can analyze and evaluate information and ideas. These skills will equip our graduates to be problem solvers and active participants in civic and community life.


Department Chairperson

Ruth Seggerson began teaching at SFDS in 1982.  Holding dual certification, she began her teaching career at Desales as an English teacher and later began teaching the social studies classes, taking over as social studies department chair in 1999.  She received her BA in Social Science from Siena Heights University and an MA from the Ohio State University in Social Studies Education.  Currently, Ruth teaches AP US Government & Politics and American Government classes, and also serves as faculty adviser to our mock trial and moot court teams.

Ruth Seggerson

Ruth Seggerson

It is from numberless acts of courage that human history is shaped. Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the life of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
— Robert F. Kennedy (adapted)