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U.S. History I

U.S. History I

Sophia's US History I course builds your 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. You will learn how to think like a historian and apply a historian's lens to real-world situations. Full Description

  • Guaranteed Credit Transfer to Colorado Technical University
  • 4.5 quarter credits at Colorado Technical University
  • Colorado Technical University Equivalency: HIST101 - History

Category: Social Science

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U.S. History I

Course Description
Sophia's US History I course builds your 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. You will learn how to think like a historian and apply a historian's lens to real-world situations.

Assessments & Grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must 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

At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Interpret or analyze a primary source to draw conclusions about a historical event
  • Apply different historical lenses in order to critically analyze historical events through a variety of
    perspectives
  • Understand the events, people, and motivations involved in the settling of the Americas
  • Recognize the events and factors that lead up to the American Revolution
  • Analyze the political, social and economic climate during and after the drafting of the constitution
  • Evaluate the events leading up to the Civil War and understand the key players, battles, and rationales
  • Analyze how historians have interpreted the era of reconstruction and the causes for the collapse of reconstruction
  • Trace the evolution of slavery and examine the experience of slaves from the age of exploration
    through the era of reconstruction

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This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

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96 Student Reviews
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by Sarah M. on May 24, 2020
This class was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much information to cover. It's a bit overwhelming. Even though it was packed full of info, I really enjoyed it. I learned more about US History in this class than any History class I've taken. This is my 6th Sophia class and it took me over a week to complete. The others were 2-3 days. I was moving quickly because I didn't have a lot of time. My biggest complaint is that I didn't think the questions were worded fairly or clearly. I had to spend a lot of time re-reading them. Over-all a good class with a ton of information. You cover over 400 years of history with hundreds of important events and terms to know.
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by Randal T. on May 23, 2020
Engaging content that is organized well. I really enjoyed this refresher on American History.
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by Ellen B. on May 23, 2020
Very challenging but worth the effort to learn valuable information.
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by Justin W. on May 23, 2020
Some of the text did not match the corresponding answers. It's tough.
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by Rachael M. on May 22, 2020
Challenging at times, but otherwise a great experience!
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by William S. on May 22, 2020
Great course. Learned more than I intended about how our country started.
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by Jade D. on May 22, 2020
slightly difficult. requires a lot of reading and patience. I would recommend doing all practice milestone before completing the one that counts.
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by Emily S. on May 22, 2020
This class was comprehensive on American history and offers information from multiple perspectives

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