The history program at Lick-Wilmerding High School provides students with a global perspective on how the past has shaped the present. Paying attention to the political, economic, religious, and social forces that have influenced the modern age, students learn through writing, research, document analysis, projects, discussions, and other class activities. The department is committed to teaching critical thinking, stimulating intellectual curiosity, and examining multiple perspectives. History faculty collaborates with the school library in order to keep pace with contemporary research methods.
The three-year curriculum begins with World History in the sophomore year and U.S. History in the junior year. The History Department senior seminar classes are a culmination of those two years of survey coursework. They are intended to offer students an array of topic options in both Modern World and United States History, inspired by teacher interest, that foster a semester-long intensive study. Despite differing content, the senior courses are united in the common skills taught, practiced, and assessed.