History and Social Studies

Instructional Leader:
Mr. James Calnan

Office: B-279

Phone Number: 508-997-4511 ext. 20524

Email: j1calnan@newbedfordschools.org


The History and Social Studies Department at New Bedford High School seeks to prepare students to make informed civic choices and assume their responsibility for strengthening equality, justice, and liberty in and beyond the United States. Our courses seek to challenge students to not only study significant periods and developments in history, but to work towards mastering the skills of analysis and inquiry through a careful study of historical documents and trends and what they mean for life in the 21st century.

Course Offerings:

Modern World History (Grade 9) 
Honors Modern World History (Grade 9) 
United States History I (Grade 10)
Honors United States History I (Grade 10) 
United States History II (Grade 11)
AP European History
AP Human Geography
AP United States Government and Politics 
AP United States History
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Law and the Legal System
History of New Bedford
Current Events

Important Information: 

2018 Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework

Helpful Resources: 


Reading Like a Historian

Supreme Court Cases and Resources