United States Academic Decathlon
Curricular Theme for 2020–2021: The Cold War

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The U.S. Academic Decathlon® is excited to announce that the overall curricular theme for 2020–2021 will be The Cold War. Following is some general information on the topics in each of the subject areas.

  • SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to astronomy and will include sections on the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works. The long work of literature will be Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  • Art: The art curriculum will include a section on art fundamentals and will largely focus on an exploration of art during the Cold War.
  • Music: The music curriculum will introduce students to various musical works from the Cold War era.
  • SOCIAL Science: The social science curriculum will introduce students to the history of the Cold War.
  • Economics: The economics curriculum will cover fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics and will also include a thematic section on the economics of the Cold War.
  • Mathematics: The mathematics curriculum will cover general mathematics, geometry, and an introduction to differential calculus.*

The full subject area outlines will be posted on the U.S. Academic Decathlon website on May 1 and will also be published in the U.S. Academic Decathlon Study Guide, which will begin shipping on May 15.
 
* The 2020–21 mathematics curriculum and materials will be the same as were used for the 2017–18 U.S. Academic Decathlon.

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