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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 Ashford University
  • 3 semester credits at Ashford University
  • Ashford University Equivalency: HIS 203/HIS 205 US History I; Civic Resp. Competency; Intercultural & Global Awareness Competency

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.


141 Student Reviews
by April P. on November 9, 2019
There was a lot of information for each challenge question. Taking notes is imperative to retain all the information. A lot of re-reading is needed to take the milestones.
by Cris H. on November 6, 2019
Long and tough course, very informative but time really needs to be taken on it!
by Robert Y. on November 4, 2019
This review of American History with a great supplement to my understanding of it. Either the subject matter was covered and I missed it as an elementary school student, or I have better learning skills as a returning adult learner. Either way, I truly believe I have benefited from the experience. I recommend this coarse to anyone interested in the subject.
by Donanna E. on November 3, 2019
Challenging... but only because questions were not straight forward. The questions used distracting adolescent level scenarios or involved multiple answers where you must pick an exception, or multiple correct responses... glad it's over...there will be no History II for this girl.
by Phill T. on October 28, 2019
The Material is pretty good but the questioning is terrible.
by Braiden B. on October 24, 2019
This course is extremely HARD. Majority of the questions are not in the text. The practice tests don't really help, but thank goodness I passed this time.
by Jacqueline M. on October 18, 2019
A lot of reading that after awhile felt that it was all over the place with information. While I learned a lot about US History that I wasn't aware of, I still felt that it jumped around with dates a lot. The quizzes were not easy and found it hard to find the areas to reference when confused or unsure on a question. Definitely took the entire time allotted for exams. The information given was definitely interesting and enlightening, it was not an easy course.
by AMMARA A. on October 17, 2019
US History was very tough.


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