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Social Sciences Department

Department Philosophy

The Social Science Department consists of ten instructors six of whom are interdepartmental. The department chairman is a member of the Academic Board, which meets monthly. The chairman is the formal liaison between the administration and the department faculty. The department functions as a unit in approximately three formal meetings per semester. Meeting agenda is determined by the chairman, with departmental input, in association with the Principal and the Academic Board. Members are notified in advance of the time, location and agenda of meetings by the chairman. Meetings are usually held within a week of an Academic Board meeting, attendance and minutes are recorded by a department secretary or chair, and typed copies of minutes are forwarded to the Principal and retained as part of the departmental record. Because of the small size of the department, communication is on a daily basis, which is informal.

The exchange of ideas, opinions, methods and materials between the Social Science department and other school departments occurs on a regular basis in faculty meetings and contributes to an atmosphere of warmth and cooperation between faculty, administration, and staff personnel.

Department Goals

The Social Studies Department seeks to provide each student with:

  • A discerning appreciation of the past, a developing awareness of the present, and the ability to practically apply such mindfulness toward the future;
  • A solid background in Global and American studies with an emphasis on culture, history, and geography;
  • A firm foundation in Civics, Economics and/or other areas of Social Science;
  • A commitment to perform the expected duties of an enlightened and perceptive citizenry;
  • A broad exposure to the personalities, events, movements, and ideas that have influenced history;
  • A deepening interest in exploring and engaging themselves in current events in the U.S. and the world;
  • The ability to recognize and avoid ethnocentrism as well as an appreciation for the diversity of cultures in our country and around the world;
  • A basic understanding of the impact that humankind has on the environment and the interdependence of people with their environment;
  • The capacity for rational analysis and critical judgment of the opinions of others, even those of experts;
  • A firm grounding in the use of proper study skills, particularly in the areas of reading comprehension, note taking, organization, and active listening;
  • The tools for proper research, writing, and critical evaluation of sources through a variety of course requirements, including term papers and independent projects;
  • The ability to express oneself articulately in debate, discussion, and public speaking;
  • A recognition of the interrelatedness of the social sciences with all other academic disciplines;
  • A need to address social issues in light of a moral/ethical framework;
  • An awakened sense of compassion and justice through empathy with others, which leads to action.
Faculty

Earl R. Andrews, M.Ed.
Social Sciences Department Chair, Moderator for FBLA

An East Sacramento native, Earl Andrews graduated in 1980 from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Affairs (Economics, Political Science, and Sociology). His undergraduate thesis, “Lending Policies of Banking Institutions in Illinois Toward Solar and Renewable Energy Homes,” initiated his first career in marketing planning and research in the energy and communication utility industries. 

Faculty

Aaron Engebretson, S.J.

I was born and raised in Montana and entered the Jesuits in 2004 after finishing my B.A. In History. I was a novice in Portland, OR and took first vows in 2006. Then I was sent to the University of Toronto to study philosophy and I also earned an M.S.ed at Canisius College is Buffalo, NY. Next, in 2009, I was sent to Bellarmine Prep. in Tacoma, WA where I taught history and coached golf. In 2012 I was approved for theology and went to Boston College where earned degrees in theology and educational administration. Here at Jesuit, I will be teaching history.

Faculty

Mary Friedman, M.Ed.
Social Science

Currently teaches U.S. History, AP U.S. History and Holocaust. 

Faculty

Rod Jett
Social Sciences, Mathematics & Track and Field

A Sacramento native, Rod graduated from Hiram Johnson High School in 1984, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. While at Cal, Rod was a three time All-American in the high hurdles. Rod competed professionally in track and field from 1989-1997, going to the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988, 1992, and 1996. Rod began teaching and coaching in 1997 working at Sheldon High School (Elk Grove) and St, Mary’s High School (Berkeley) before coming to Jesuit in 2002. Rod currently teaches U.S. History and Global Studies.

Faculty

Tom McGuire
Social Sciences

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Tom graduated from Jesuit Prep, Dallas, and Loyola University, Los Angeles. After completing a credential the following year, he accepted a position at St. Paul’s High School in Whittier. Between 1976-81 he juggled a variety of duties, teaching Social Studies, moderating Student Activities and finished the stint as Boy’s Dean of Discipline and head golf coach. 

Faculty

Sean Morris
Social Science

Sean grew up in the bay area and went to St. Patrick St. Vincent High School. Sean Graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelor of Arts in History. While living in Sacramento, Sean worked as a teaching assistant and assistant varsity football coach and defensive coordinator for five years at Monterrey Trail High School. Sean help Monterrey Trail to two back to back appearances in the CIF San Joaquin section Championships. For a period of time, Sean lived and worked in Austria. He was the defensive coordinator and then head coach for the St. Potlen Invaders.

Faculty

Paul Rose
Social Studies, Campus Ministry, Soccer

Paul Rose began teaching at Jesuit in the fall of 1979. He has taught every social science class at Jesuit over the years. Currently, Paul teaches Advanced Placement United States History (Junior year class). Paul Rose over the past five years has traveled extensively across the United States to many historical sites including Gettysburg, Independence Hall, Yorktown, and Williamsburg to name a few.

Faculty

Michael Solander, M.A. ‘92
Social Sciences & Swimming

Michael Solander is a graduate of Jesuit High School, class of 1992. This is his 13th year back at Jesuit and is enjoying teaching in the classroom and on the pool deck. Michael teaches freshman Global Studies and junior United States History. Along with his teaching, Michael is also the head coach of Jesuit Swimming. Over the past 13 years, the Marauders have won 5 CIF section titles in the pool and will be gunning for their 21st overall section championships this season.

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