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US History I

US History I

Sophia's US History I course builds student knowledge of key events and figures in the history of the United States from American prehistory through the era of Reconstruction. This course emphasizes critical thinking skills and consideration of multiple perspectives through the analysis of primary sources. Students will learn how to think like a historian and apply a historian's lens to real-world situations. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Description

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This course uses problem-based learning and relatable real-world situations to help you understand historical events and eras. By evaluating multiple sources of information and points of view, you'll learn to think critically and contextually about history and its impact on the present.

Overview
This course encompasses key events and era in US History from prehistory and early settlers to the Civil War and Reconstruction. Themes, eras, and events include:

  • The First Settlers
  • Growth of the Colonies
  • The American War for Independence
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests), with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you'll know how to analyze primary and secondary sources to form and defend your conclusions. You'll be able to think more like a historian by using different contextual lenses to understand events and eras through a variety of perspectives.

For more course details and Learning Outcomes, download the syllabus.

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55 Student Reviews
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by Lori T. on October 3, 2018
excellent way to study and work at your own pace
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by David H. on October 1, 2018
This is my first completely online college-level experience. It was well done and was very well suited to my learning style.
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by Lisa S. on September 30, 2018
I miss the video learning that I have had on every other Sophia course I have taken.
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by Cheyla S. on September 28, 2018
I selected this course because I wanted to learn about US history. I enjoyed the course and learned a lot. I had greatly underestimated how much information would be in the module. So for those new to Sophia courses, they are quite time consuming.
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by Tamara W. on September 28, 2018
Great course, I learned a lot and actually enjoyed it. Completed in less than 1 week.
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by Jayanna C. on September 16, 2018
Odd way of reviewing history, but to each their own. Do wish opinions hadn't played a role in the grades.
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by Andre B. on September 7, 2018
Whew this was a tough course!!!
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by Stacey B. on September 4, 2018
A lot of information to take in. I started printing and reading materials but it took too long. I suggest going straight into the Challenges and learning that way. Although I ended up with a B- I felt like the questions were trying to trick you.

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