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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.

Reviews

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63 Student Reviews
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by Thomas G. on December 5, 2018
This course has a ton of information. I learned a lot. Finished a few weeks early.
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by Tanner Y. on December 5, 2018
Make sure to take detailed notes! Fantastic course, much better than any in-person lecture I've ever been in.
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by Beau B. on December 2, 2018
I seriously enjoyed the format of this course for the large majority of the time. I must agree with many of the reviews that came before me. The greatest challenge with this course is the nature of the questions that are asked on quizzes and tests. They are unnecessarily complicated and strangely phrased. It is a blessing to be able to go back to the reading materials at any time, but even still it can be difficult to follow the phrasing of the question. Overall though, I highly recommend this for anyone who looks working at their own pace, and who doesn't mind doing a bit of extra investigating every now and gain.
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by judith s. on November 30, 2018
very interesting course
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by Emma B. on November 20, 2018
There was far too much information included in this course for the credit provided. This made it challenging to retain all the necessary details. The volume of time needed to complete this course was 3x longer than any other Sophia courses I have taken with this same credit allotment.
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by Samuel C. on November 5, 2018
Great course, learned new things which I haven't learned before.
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by Louis B. on November 3, 2018
I liked this course as an online program versus a traditional class setting. Thank you.
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by Latisha V. on October 18, 2018
Course is very informative. However, it was not an easy course .

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