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Social Studies Graduation Requirements

All public high school students are required to meet statewide graduation requirements in order to earn a diploma. In Social Studies, students are required to earn 3.0 credits (per WAC 180-51-067: Section 4, a-d).

Options below apply to students up through the graduating Class of 2023.  Students in the graduating Class of 2024 and beyond must have a .5 Civics Credit on transcript in order to graduate (guidance forthcoming). 

Successful completion of WA State History and Government

  • Non-credit requirement
  • Successful completion will be noted on transcripts
  • May earn elective credit if taken in grades 9-12
1 credit of US History
US History Option 1: US History Option 2:**
1 credit of US History

1 credit of US History addressing both the required US History standards and Civics standards (see RCW 28A.230.093) for more information)
**Includes embedded .5 Civics graduation requirement but only 1 credit is earned

1 credit of Contemporary World Problems (CWP)
CWP Option 1: CWP Option 2:**

1 credit of Contemporary World History, Geography, and Problems (CWP)

1 credit of Contemporary World History, Geography, and Problems (CWP) addressing both the required CWP standards and Civics standards (see RCW 28A.230.093 for more information)
**Includes embedded .5 Civics graduation requirement but only 1 credit is earned

.5 credit of Civics (view RCW 28A.230.093 for more information)

1 credit Social Studies Elective

.5 Social Studies Elective  
Total Credits: 3.0 Total Credits: 3.0

In accordance with the State Board of Education amended graduation requirements (WAC 180-51-067), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction reviewed and revised the K-12 Social Studies Learning Standards and Recommended Scope and Sequence, aligning them with the amended requirements, including the 0.5 civics credit required for graduation.

For more information about the changes, please view the State Board of Education Web site.