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USAD Curricular Topics for 2016! 

Ancient IndiaThe U.S. Academic Decathlon is excited to announce that the overall curricular theme for 20152016 will be India. Following is some general information on the topics in each of the subject areas. 

  • SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to ecology and will include case studies and examples relevant to India.
  • 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 Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya.
  • Art: The art curriculum will include a section on art fundamentals and will largely focus on the art and architecture of India.
  • Music: The music curriculum will include basic elements of music theory and will focus on the music of India.
  • sOCIAL Science: The social science curriculum will cover the history of modern India.
  • Economics: The economics curriculum will cover fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics and will also include a thematic section on the Indian economy.
  • Mathematics: The mathematics curriculum will cover permutations and combinations, algebra, and statistics.*

The full subject area outlines will be posted on the U.S. Academic Decathlon website <www.usad.org> on May 1 and will also be published in the U.S. Academic Decathlon Study Guide, which will begin shipping on May 15.  

* The 201516 mathematics curriculum and materials will be the same as were used for the 201213 U.S. Academic Decathlon. 

The summary of the 20152016 curricular topics posted above is also available as a PDF for download.