This course covers all aspects of American History from the 18th century to the present day.
- Describe and discuss social and political influences that led to popular revolt and the onset of the American Revolution.
- Describe the era of American westward expansion.
- Outline key events of the Civil War and discuss its long-term effects on American society.
- Describe and discuss the rise of industrialism and the increase in American urbanization after the Civil War.
- Describe the Progressive Era of the early twentieth century.
- Discuss America’s role in World War I.
- Explain the nature and likely causes of the global Great Depression and describe Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s efforts to address the Depression through the New Deal.
- Describe the turbulent period of the Cold War, including the Korean War, the civil rights movement, assassinations of prominent political figures, and the divisions related to the Vietnam War.
Additional Course Material:
Textbook: United States History
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.
This course details the essentials of geography. Topics include the physical, human, and economic geography of Europe, Russia, and neighboring regions; East Asia and Southeast Asia; South Asia, Northern Africa, and Southwest Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica; and Latin America and North America.
- Explain basic terms used in the study of global geography and describe the differences between physical geography and human geography and the nature of geographic regions.
- Discuss basic concerns of geographers, such as climate and environment, cultural influences, and population demographics.
- Use maps as basic tools for the study of geography.
- Discuss the national, ethnic, and linguistic regions of Europe and outline European material and cultural influences around the globe.
- Discuss the physical and human geographic features of Russia as it exists today in relationship to the wide variety of ethnic regions and nations that were part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics prior to 1991.
- Describe the physical and human geography of East Asia, including Mongolia, China, North and South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan.
- Describe the physical and human geography of Southeast Asia, taking into account the extent to which ethnic and cultural differences differ across the continental and island regions of this part of the globe.
- Discuss and describe the physical and human geography of Latin America, including Mexico, Central America, the Andean states extending from Venezuela to Chile, Brazil in relationship to the Amazon basin, and the southern states that include Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina.
- Discuss the physical and human geography of sub-Saharan Africa, describing, in general terms, the variety of nation states in this region that gained independence from European colonial domination following the end of World War II.
- Describe and discuss the physical and human geography of Southwestern Asia, also thought of as the Near and Middle East.
- Discuss and describe the physical and human geography of North America, distinguishing regional and cultural differences across the wide expanses of Canada and the United States.
Additional Course Material:
Textbook: Essentials of World Regional Geography