Take U.S. History II online at your own pace

The focus of this self-paced, online course is the post-Civil War period through the present day. Log in anytime, anywhere and get the support you need with Sophia’s smart, user-friendly platform.

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Course description

Sophia's US History II course will build student knowledge of key events and figures in the history of the United States from the post Reconstruction era through 2015. This course emphasizes critical thinking skills and consideration of multiple perspectives through the analysis of primary sources. Additionally, students will learn how to think like a historian through source analysis and application of historical lenses.

Assessments and grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 16 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning outcomes

<p>At the end of the course, you'll be able to:</p> <ul><li>Interpret or analyze a primary source to draw conclusions about a historical event.</li><li>Apply different historical lenses in order to critically analyze historical events.</li><li>Understand the historian's craft and tools to analyze and interpret history.</li><li>Draw connections between events of the past and the present.</li><li>Understand the economic, social, political, and cultural climate of the period following Reconstruction in the United States through modern day.</li><li>Recognize ways in which political and cultural trends helped to shape American politics.</li><li>Understand factors that lead to the US involvement in foreign wars.</li><li>Understand the people, successes, and movements associated with Civil Rights during the mid 20th century.</li><li>Identify the primary initiatives, accomplishments, or downfalls of the presidential administrations between the era of reconstruction and modern day.</li><li>Recognize ways in which political parties and practices have evolved over time between the era of reconstruction and modern day.</li></ul>

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