Archbishop Murphy High School offers 11 social studies courses in order to produce graduates who think critically, speak persuasively, write clearly, and research thoroughly. Students are required to complete three social studies courses over four years, but many pursue their interests in social studies electives and earn college credit.
The AMHS Social Studies Department offers several honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes, which allows qualified students to attain college credit. Students can enroll in the interdisciplinary Matteo Ricci Program, which allows them to receive 10 college credits through Seattle University. Students can also take AP classes as a sophomore, junior or senior with the potential to earn college credit if they earn a high score on an AP exam.
The Social Studies Department strives to make abstract concepts come alive. For example, the department has hosted several noted political speakers like Rob McKenna, Rick Larsen, Dino Rossi, and Brian Sullivan.