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US History II

US History II

Sophia's US History II course will build student knowledge of key events and figures in the history of the United States from the post Reconstruction era through 2015. This course emphasizes critical thinking skills and consideration of multiple perspectives through the analysis of primary sources. Additionally, students will learn how to think like a historian through source analysis and application of historical lenses. Full Description

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

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This course uses problem-based learning to help you apply knowledge to real-life situations, giving you a deeper understanding of the material as it relates to the world around you.

US History II begins in the late 1800s (after Reconstruction) and continues through 2015. Themes, events, and eras include:

  • Westward Expansion
  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • 9/11 and its aftermath

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 16 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests), with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
Designed to build critical thinking skills, this course teaches you to analyze primary sources, form conclusions, and apply different historical lenses to events to help you interpret history through a variety of perspectives.

For more course details and Learning Outcomes, download the syllabus.


13 Student Reviews
by Merrick B. on March 12, 2018
Course was full of great information, largely through the lens of class and politics. Would have like to have seen Babe Ruth somewhere among the roaring 20's since his influence carried sports into U.S. cultural influence.
by Blake S. on February 24, 2018
Thank you very much guys! I really liked the format and how the class challenged me to think for myself and become my own historian. History is my favorite subject. I hope you offer more history classes in the future. Thanks again and goodbye, we'll see you next class and time!
by Patricia D. on February 9, 2018
I was not born in the US. I found this course very interesting. Unit 3 milestone questions were a bit vague, but otherwise I loved the presentation of this course. Thank you!!
by Samantha G. on February 8, 2018
The questions are very hard and you have to read into the question.
by Willie N. on January 25, 2018
Fantastic class. I loved it.
by Weston F. on January 17, 2018
I learned a lot from this course. The study guides are well written and easy to navigate. The answers to some of the questions are specifically outlined in the book, but it is not a bad thing as it makes you think and apply what is you have learned overall from a historian perspective. Would recommend this class to anyone interested in history.
by Nathan W. on January 7, 2018
This is an outstanding course. I appreciate that Sophia examines US History through many lenses, including race. This course (and US History I) straightforwardly present the gravity of our complicated racial history in the context of the broader American story. It also provides a wonderful overview of every significant political, economic, and social issue. I feel much more aware, proud, and a little shameful of our history and what it means to be an American. I would recommend this course to anyone!
by Ashley G. on January 7, 2018
Very informative and a good follow up to US History I.


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  • Q: How am I graded in the course?
    A: Your overall score is derived from how you do on two types of assessments: Challenges, which are formative assessments, and Milestones, which are summative assessments. Sophia’s English Composition I, Foundations of English Composition, and Public Speaking courses also include written assignments, called Touchstones, that also contribute to your overall score.
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