Social studies is the study of history, people or society.
An example of social studies is a course you take in school where you learn about the development of cultures and the nature of people.
a course of study, esp. in elementary and secondary schools, including history, civics, geography, etc.
plural noun(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A course of study including geography, history, government, and sociology, taught in secondary and elementary schools.