The Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Social Studies Department focuses on a holistic approach to the study of political, social, economic, and cultural developments in American societies and abroad. The department believes that the integrated development of a strong foundation of knowledge and necessary skills in social studies, consistent in its entirety with the Catholic mission of Our Lady of Mercy, serves to uniquely enhance the growth of the student as a scholar and thoughtful, participatory citizen and effective Christian in a secular world. The department's underlying purpose is to create citizens who are aware of the environment in which they live and who understand how to contribute to the overall democracy of the American political system.