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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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This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 16 Challenges (formative assessments), 5 Milestones (summative assessments), and 1 Touchstone (project-based or written assessment) with an overall score of 70% or better.

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Learning outcomes

<p>At the end of the course, you'll be able to:<br></p> <ul><li>Recognize the motivations for and effects of urbanization, industrialization, and westward expansion in the late 19th century.</li><li>Explain the political, social, and economic forces behind the emergence of the modern U.S. state.</li><li>Analyze the shifting relationship of the U.S. to the world in the post-World War II era.</li><li>Locate the roots of present-day debates over U.S. domestic and foreign policy in the recent past.</li><li>Understand the historian's craft and the tools that historians use to research and interpret history.</li><li>Use different historical lenses in order to critically evaluate historical events through a variety of perspectives.</li><li>Apply the skills of historical thinking by contextualizing historical events and making connections across time periods.</li></ul>
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