The first section of this course examines the founding and development of the United States from the start of European exploration and settling of the original colonies to how it grew and became a powerful united nation. Topics covered include the pre-colonial cultures of Indigenous peoples, the arrival and impact of Europeans in North America, the Revolutionary War, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, the United States in the 20th Century, and the influence of immigration on American society and culture.
The second section of this course develops an understanding of American culture, historical events, and life, learners develop skills to identify, analyze, and evaluate information presented in a variety of formats, including Internet-based research. In addition, learners develop the ability to evaluate and discuss (both orally and in writing) the impact of various events, issues, persons, and trends on American culture, historical events, and life.
This course is offered as a single year or double year program, and can be customized to meet specific state requirements, including state history.