Course Syllabus


American History I

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the events and circumstances which make up the development of the United States of America. The American History I curriculum begins with the examination of the Native
Americans prior to European discovery and concludes with the Reconstruction Era. The course will examine the development of the American social, economic, and political systems during this time frame as well as the changes, successes, and failures that occurred throughout this period. At the conclusion of the course, students should have an appreciation for the growth of our nation. It is hoped that from the knowledge instilled by this course students will be able to form their own political, economic, and social opinions in an intelligent and rational manner.

American History II

American History Course II will guide students from the late nineteenth century time period through the early 21st century. Students will examine the political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from the end of Reconstruction to present times. The essential standards of American History Course II will trace the change in the ethnic composition of American society; the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state. The desired outcome of this course is for students to develop an understanding of the cause and effect relationship between past and present events, recognize patterns of interactions, and understand the impact of events on the United States in an interconnected world.