Social Studies

Department Philosophy

The Social Studies Department at Mount Carmel challenges all students with learning experiences to help them succeed in all of their future endeavors. The curriculum is organized on an interdisciplinary basis to ensure a deeper understanding of complex issues.

It is designed to get the students actively involved in the learning process and to have them assume responsibility for their learning. Instruction focuses on higher-order critical thinking skills, problem solving, creative thought, and application skills. Our Instructional materials and teaching strategies recognize and respect student diversity. The courses in the Social Studies Department are vitally important for the future success at the university level. 


Students are required to take 10 trimesters (or 3.33 credits) including World History and US History to graduate

Click here for a full list of course offerings

Extra Curricular Activities 

  • Chicago Metro History Fair
  • Know Your Heritage Team
  • Mock Election
  • Mock Trial Team
  • Multicultural Club
  • Scholastic Bowl Team
Click here for a full list of our academic and athletic extracurricular opportunities. 

Social Studies Department Faculty

Mr. Tom Eisenbraun

Mr. Tom Eisenbraun

Director of Guidance; College Counselor; NHS Moderator; Scholastic Bowl; Social Studies; Baseball
ext. 231
Mr. Brian Hurry

Mr. Brian Hurry

Social Studies; Baseball
ext. 243
Ms. Maryhelen Matijevic

Ms. Maryhelen Matijevic

Assistant Principal for Curriculum & Instruction; Social Studies
ext. 211
Mrs. Shanta McKay-Wheeler

Mrs. Shanta McKay-Wheeler

Counseling (students with last names A-G); AP Psychology; Multicultural Club; Know you Heritage
ext. 254
Mr. William Nolan

Mr. William Nolan

Director of Admissions and Enrollment; Football; History
ext. 265