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USAD Curricular Topics for 2017! 

World War II

The U.S. Academic Decathlon is excited to announce that the overall curricular theme for 20162017 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 <> on May 1 and will also be published in the U.S. Academic Decathlon Study Guide, which will begin shipping on May 15.

    * The 201617 mathematics curriculum and materials will be the same as were used for the 201314 U.S. Academic Decathlon. 

The summary of the 20162017 curricular topics posted above is also available as a PDF for download.