2016-2017: World War II


The U.S. Academic Decathlon® is excited to announce that the overall curricular theme for 2016–2017 will be World War II. Following is some general information on the topics in each of the subject areas.

SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to atomic and nuclear physics and will include a section on the Manhattan Project and the development of the atomic bomb.

LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works. The long work of literature will be the novel Transit by Anna Seghers.

ART: The art curriculum will include a section on art fundamentals and will largely focus on the art of the World War II era.

MUSIC: The music curriculum will include basic elements of music theory and will focus on the music of the World War II era.

SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science curriculum will cover World War II.

ECONOMICS: The economics curriculum will cover fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics and will also include a thematic section on the economic origins and impact of World War II.

MATHEMATICS: The mathematics curriculum will cover algebra and trigonometry.*


The full subject area outlines will be posted on the U.S. Academic Decathlon® website www.usad.org.

* The 2016–17 mathematics curriculum and materials will be the same as were used for the 2013–14 U.S. Academic Decathlon®.