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The Social Studies curriculum at Bishop Hartley begins sophomore year with World History, continues into junior year with American History, and concludes senior year with American Government.

Social Studies Courses

  • World History & Geography
  • United States History
  • AP United States History
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • American Military History
  • Minorities in America

Learn more about each course and credits in the Social Studies Course Catalog.


We emphasize the importance of Civil Discourse in connection to our Catholic values through the guidelines of the USCCB’s (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) “Faithful Citizenship."

We offer AP United States History and AP United States Government and Politics / AP Micro Economics with a focus on personal finance. Placement into AP US History is determined by the teacher’s examination of student work.

Students participate in a Mock Trial Simulation and attend museum visits for enrichment. Seniors create a capstone project at the end of their four years. The project is run through English, Religion, and Social Studies classes. Through this project, students reflect on influences, values, and decisions they have made, and craft a vision for their future.

All seniors take AP United States Government / AP Microeconomics and Politics to challenge and build students’ understanding of the United States government and prepare for active engagement in civic life.


Bishop Hartley offers related clubs and activities, including Model United Nations. Learn more about this and other clubs.

Social Studies Summer Assignments

Social Studies Department

Mr. Dominic Dinovo, Department Chair

Mr. Dinovo has been teaching at Hartley for more than 20 years, and currently teaches AP and CP US History. A favorite among students for his "Dad jokes," Mr. Dinovo graduated from Ohio Dominican College in 1996 (Social Studies/History), received a Master's Degree in Religious Education from The University of Loyola of New Orleans in 2006, and continues his studies at Walsh University (Communicate Institute).

Mr. Dinovo and his wife, Carolyn, are active parishioners of St. Matthew the Apostle (Gahanna) and parents to two Hartley alums (Adam, '20 & Natalie, '24).


Mr. Dwight Etgen

Mr. Dwight Etgen is a 2010 graduate of Bishop Ready High School and a 2015 graduate of The Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History. Mr. Etgen, in his 5th year of teaching,has taught Western Civilizations, World History, American History, The Study of American Minorities, AP Government and Politics as well as AP Microeconomics/Personal Finance. When he's not teaching, you can find him either running his landscaping company, reading a book, or walking his German Shepherd/Husky mix.

Ms. Shannon Howard

Ms. Shannon Howard returned to her alma mater ('07) in a teaching role following her receipt of a Master's in Teaching degree in 2013 from Muskingum University. During her time there she also served as a graduate assistant coach for the women's volleyball team. Prior to her experience at Muskingum, Ms. Howard graduated from Xavier in 2011 with her Bachelor of Arts in History and was a member of the Xavier University women's volleyball team.

A hometown success story, she is a member of St. Catharine Parish, which is where she attended grade school. Ms. Howard is married with five children, four boys and one girl.

Ms. Elizabeth Rudy

In her 12th year of teaching (seven at Hartley), Ms. Rudy also coaches Track Distance. She received her undergrad at University of Dayton ('09) and graduated with her master's from Wright State University ('12).

Originally from St. Louis (MO), Ms. Rudy has lived in Columbus for eight years, is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception, and is married with two beautiful dogs.

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