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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

  • Guaranteed Credit Transfer to Excelsior College
  • 3 semester credits at Excelsior College
  • Excelsior College Equivalency: Social Science (GEN ED)
  • Category: Social Science

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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.

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.


28 Student Reviews
by Patrice S. on February 10, 2018
On the verification milestone I was told there was 120 minutes, thou only had 90 minutes. this caused me to rush the question i skipped.
by Christian L. on January 27, 2018
by Merrick B. on January 23, 2018
Full of great information. Not for the faint of heart, by any means. The course painted in broad strokes while exploring the importance of the details, all while exposing you to the multiple lenses in which to view history.
by Jennifer M. on January 20, 2018
Hardest class ever! I took this class thinking it would be fun to brush up on historical events etc. Thought it was going to be the end of me! Glad I made it through. If you are good with dates and details...will be a good class for you.
by barbara s. on January 17, 2018
I really enjoy learning in this format. Thank you
by Stephen C. on January 7, 2018
Awesome alternative to traditional online learning!
by Michael G. on January 5, 2018
good course though there is a lot of information.
by Stephanie D. on December 18, 2017
Seemed like much of the content was focused on the negatives of earlier American history without a true picture of this great and unprecedented country that was imagined and born of great men and women.


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