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

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)
  Steve Ulrey

Steve Ulrey