Developing critical thinking skills for tomorrow’s citizens

The inquiry-based approach of HMH Social Studies asks every student to dig into history and ask detailed questions. Students learn to think critically, draw conclusions, and support those conclusions with evidence—the same skills they’ll use in college and throughout their careers.

Student Experience

Google Expeditions

Students engage in an immersive learning experience with HMH Field Trips powered by Google Expeditions. Send students to cultural and historical landmarks all without leaving the classroom. This fully interactive technology shows students the places where stories became history.

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Teacher Experience

Full reading support strengthens ELA skills

Metacognitive Support
Some courses offer multimedia close-read screencasts, which share how to read and analyze primary sources.

Audio Support
Full-text audio gives students the opportunity to read as they listen to full audio in the eBook.

Comprehension Support
Reading check questions support comprehension by directing students to the vital content in each lesson.

EL Support
Every course includes support, such as summaries of the lessons at lower readability, in both English & Spanish, so students can build reading stamina. 

"If history were taught in the form of stories,
it would never be forgotten."

Rudyard Kipling The Collected Works

Our grade-level solutions

From World History to United States Government, HMH Social Studies programs invite students to take an active role in their exploration of the past. By asking questions, thinking critically and making connections between the past and the present, our programs are designed specifically to cultivate a generation of informed, engaged citizens.

United States History

United States History provides the tools to create a richer understanding of America's past and its impact today. Social Studies skills, such as map reading, research, geography, and civic participation, are integrated throughout the program.

World Civilizations

World Civilizations creates a richer understanding of world history and culture with vivid, instructional visuals and high-interest scenarios.


Civics helps foster student civic responsibility through a balanced course that features the principles of government, active citizenship, and responsible economic participation.

World Geography

World GeographyEastern World Geography, and Western World Geography engage, inspire, and encourage the love of geography with tools that help students connect with the content and see its relevance and importance in their lives.


Civics helps foster student civic responsibility through a balanced course that features the principles of government, active citizenship, and responsible economic participation.

American History

American History explores the story of U.S. history, weaving the reflections of people who experienced history firsthand throughout the narrative.

World History

World History provides teachers with a practical and motivational approach to teaching world history and helps students think critically and make global connections.

United States Government

Designed to balance the need to cover key, standards-based government topics and motivate students to learn, United States Government makes our political system meaningful to all students.

Global Geography

Global Geography motivates students to explore current geographic issues to show the relevance of geography to current events. It is organized by physical geography, human geography, and today’s issues.


Economics uses a concept-driven and interactive approach to develop economic literacy, utilizing real examples, concept application, and the latest economics news. 


Taking into account current psychological theory and current statistics, Psychology offers the tools students need to understand themselves and the world around them with a variety of case studies, group projects, and opportunities for in-depth study.


Leveraging current sociological theory and current statistics, Sociology gives the student the tools they need to discover the meaning behind behavior through a variety of case studies, group projects, and opportunities for in-depth study.

Classroom Resources to Use Today
Keeping It Current

Sign up for free multimedia resources from our partners at HISTORY® and the Center for Civic Education. Every month you’ll have access to standards-based videos, lesson plans, and classroom resources for connecting students with current events. 

Connect with free multimedia resources.
Judicial Inquiries: Interactive Supreme Court Case Studies

Rich, Interactive Content 
Students take notes and cite sources in interactive digital studies of 25 landmark Supreme Court cases that continue to impact the lives of teenagers and young adults.

Now Included in Five Courses
Judicial Inquiries are available for Middle School United States History, Middle and High School Civics, High School American History, and High School U.S. Government.

Develop critical thinking skills

Students investigate history, ask questions, compare primary sources, formulate opinions, and cite sources to defend their written arguments.

Deepen connections to the larger world

Students understand how the knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom applies to current events and the world outside.

Streamline instructional practice

Built-in, point-of-use student support and time-saving technology allow teachers to focus on teaching

Increase reading comprehension

Embedded reading scaffolding and extensive grade-level resources ensure students have the necessary support to access the content.

Build the foundations of civic engagement

Students learn about the historical and ongoing struggles for democracy and freedom, both at home and abroad, and how their voices can bring about meaningful change in their communities and the world.

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