U.S. History II

U.S. 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

  • Accepted for Credit Transfer by Ashford University
  • 3 semester credits at Ashford University
  • Ashford University Equivalency: Civic Responsibility Competency

Category: Social Science


Accepted for transfer by Ashford University.

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U.S. History II

Course Description
Sophia's US History II course will build your 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, you will learn how to think like a historian through source analysis and application of historical lenses.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You must 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
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.
  • Understand the historian's craft and tools to analyze and interpret history.
  • Draw connections between events of the past and the present.
  • Understand the economic, social, political, and cultural climate of the period following Reconstruction in the United States through modern day.
  • Recognize ways in which political and cultural trends helped to shape American politics.
  • Understand factors that lead to the US involvement in foreign wars.
  • Understand the people, successes, and movements associated with Civil Rights during the mid 20th century.
  • Identify the primary initiatives, accomplishments, or downfalls of the presidential administrations between the era of reconstruction and modern day.
  • Recognize ways in which political parties and practices have evolved over time between the era of reconstruction and modern day.

Sophia's Many Ways™
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.


78 Student Reviews
by Cord B. on August 12, 2020
Coherent structuring of course material made it easy to follow. The questions that asked "which of the following people would most likely have said the following," were the most difficult. It was difficult for me to retain who Henry Spencer was from the very few mentions of his name buried in the 670 pages of material provided. Seems like a strange thing to hold someone accountable to know for a test with less than 30 questions on course that covers over a 120 year period. Other than that, it was a great tool and experience.
by Lisa V. on August 11, 2020
Good class
by Zachary S. on August 11, 2020
While I feel that this course contained a lot of interesting material, I felt that it was primarily centered around racial issues throughout history. I feel major events in history were "glazed over" with an emphasis on focusing around civil rights issues. I realize that civil rights issues made up a large portion of political conflict, but I feel that more focus should be given surrounding historical events and people.
by Vincent N. on August 9, 2020
Lots, A LOT of reading. Take your time on each milestone.
by Desiree B. on August 8, 2020
the way that the questions are formatted make it very difficult to fully understand the a,b,c,d possible answers.
by David P. on August 8, 2020
The first two milestones had a lot of questionable questions. I knew the answers but the answers provided seemed to not be the exact answers that the textbook was providing. The last two milestones and the final were much more fair.
by Michael S. on August 8, 2020
WOW ! Not really what I expected :/ Challenging especially if you have not taken a history class in over 20 years! Alot of information - take notes and study study study!!
by Prakriti K. on August 8, 2020
Great course


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