This course focuses on US history from the earliest human settlers in North America thousands of years ago to the modern-day. You’ll learn the story of the native people who lived in this region long before Europeans came to create colonies. Follow the colonists as they faced the unknown and attempted to make new lives for themselves in North America. Finally, you’ll experience the birth and growth of the United States, a young nation that has managed to pack a wealth of world-changing events into its short history.
- Describe settlement of the colonies in America
- Identify events from the American Revolution to the ratification of the United States Constitution
- Recognize expansion and industrialization in the United States during the early 18th century
- Describe the causes and lasting effects of the American Civil War
- Analyze how the events leading up to World War I shaped the United States
- Discuss the effects of the Great Depression and World War II on the United States
- Recognize changes in America from the 1960s through today
This course covers what the basic purposes of government are and how modern governments differ from one another.
- Describe the different types of government and give examples of each.
- Summarize the process used to ratify the Constitution.
- Describe the three main parts of the Constitution and explain what each part includes.
- Describe the process for amending the Constitution.
- Describe the powers and responsibilities of the three branches of the federal government.
- Outline the process by which laws are made.
- Summarize some of the landmark cases handled by the Supreme Court.
- Briefly describe the ways in which state and local governments operate.
- Explain the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic nation.
- Summarize the process for electing a president of the United States.
When thinking about studying the entirety of world history, it’s easy to see how it appears to be a nearly impossible task. One way of making the vast amount of information manageable to learn is to present the information in a way that focuses on the highlights and large-scale trends seen in history. Your World History course begins with a very brief summary of ancient civilizations. You’ll focus most of your studies on events and peoples in world history from 1450 to the present.
- Recognize features and achievements of ancient civilizations, and Europe during the Renaissance and Age of Exploration
- Compare society and politics of world regions during the period of 1500-1800
- Explain causes of revolution, impacts of industrialization on society, and factors leading to development of global empires during the period of 1750-1914
- Describe how the Great War, Great Depression, and nationalism affected world regions
- Describe how World War II, the Cold War, and economic globalization affected world regions