The best social studies electives that you can take in high school are those that build on a broad subject. Some examples include U.S. History from a certain year, European Medieval history, and history of the French Revolution. All of these classes, and those like them, start to build on a broad subject.
By taking these often simple courses students will have a background in that area of study which they can draw upon in other classes. If they were to type a paper about the French Revolution, it would be a huge benefit to have taken a class about the American Revolution. If they were to take a class about monarchies in 20th century Europe, a Middle Ages class would be useful and in turn, a 20th century monarch class would be great when studying World War 1. Many of these classes would seem boring and useless when taken on their own, but when put in the larger context which is history as a whole they become essential.
Other important things to remember when choosing electives is to look for college credits. A high school college level class is easier than a real college class and you save around 300 dollars per credit. Make sure you take as many of these as you can as a semester can save you more than 2000 dollars in college expenses. Needless to say that these classes are essential.
Another thing to keep in mind when looking for electives is to manage your course load. Make sure any college classes you take are either at your high school or at a college nearby. Many of these are also harder and take more time than normal classes. Do not overload yourself and get a worse grade than what you deserve. Above everything else take courses that interest you. Boring classes only make things harder as you do not want to study what you have no interest in. Technically speaking Social Studies covers things like anthropology and psychology. Yet many people find these boring. Make sure you like what you are taking.
In conclusion make sure you take courses you can build on in the future, try to get college credits, do not overload yourself, and take classes that interest you. By following these simple steps you can create an interesting schedule that will help you in future classes and save you money in the long run.