HSAS: Academics

Social Studies

history class

Students complete three years of study in Advanced Placement United States History. Students also take two years of Advanced Placement World History, as well as required courses in government and economics. HSAS offers interested students a series of courses and activities in criminal and constitutional law. In all social studies courses, students study history from multiple points of view, using primary source documents. The aim is to foster the development of college-level skills in research and analysis. Annual trips both, both within New York City and to other American cities, help to enrich the curriculum and make history “come alive” for our students.

Faculty: Mr. M. Elinson; Mr. C. Evans, Mr. D. Iurato; Mr. A. Mansdorf; Ms. L. Peterson; Ms. E. Rice; Mr. A. Thoman

To view classes offered in the Social Studies, please consult our Course Catalogue.

View letter to parents regarding the AP World Test

Students taking Social Studies classes have enjoyed visits from guest speakers from all walks of life. View some samples of such interactions below.

Gustavo Rivera is the new state Senator for our district. He paid a visit to Government classes in September of 2011 and answered student questions on issues curently of concern in our Senate district. Mr. Rivera also spoke of his decision to get involved in politics and the importance of civic engagement.


Trips! Our students visit key historic sights in the Northeast every year. Thanks to our association with the Gilder - Lehrman Institute, trips are made to Philadelphia, Sturbridge Village, Hyde Park, Boston, and Washington DC. On this historic walking tour of Philadelphia, our students paid their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier for the American Revoluton in Washington Square.

Lehman College Professor Robyn Spencer spoke on Civil Rights leaders in 2011

Bronx Boro President Ruben Diaz, Jr. spoke to Government classes in 2011.

Historian Christopher Lowney, author of Heroic Leadership and A Vanished World: Medieval Spain's Golden Age of Enlightenment spoke to World History classes on Islamic influences in Medieval Spain in 2009.

Gilder-Lehrman and HSAS hosted a symposium on Abraham Lincoln in 2009. Students at HSAS collaborated with students from other local high schools for this event at Lehman College.

Students were given the chance to have dinner and conversation with Cornell West at the 92nd Street Y in 2008