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The U.S. Academic Decathlon® is excited to announce that the overall curricular theme for 2014-2015 will be New Alternatives in Energy: Ingenuity and Innovation.  Following is some general information on the topics in each of the subject areas.


  • SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to energy conversion and will include a discussion of traditional energy generation as well as nuculear energy and renewable sources of energy. 
  • LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, eight poems, and one short prose work. The long work of literature will be Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.
  • ART: The art curriculum will include art fundamentals and will cover innovations in art from the ancient world through the twentieth century.
  • MUSIC: The music curriculum will include basic elements of music theory and will cover innovations in music from the Middle Ages through the modern era.
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science curriculum will cover energy policy, the environment, and the new energy economy.
  • ECONOMICS: The economics curriculum will cover fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics. The economics curriculum will also include a thematic section on the economics of energy. 
  • 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.

*Note:  The 2014-15 mathematics curriculum and materials will be the same as were used for the 2011-12 Academic Decathlon®.


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