Course Summary
Credit Type:
ACE Course Number:
Organization Course Number:
S1 - 129424054; S2 - 129424084
4 weeks (120 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 U.S. History


The course objective is to discover the history of the United States as it grows from an infant nation into a world power. This journey includes declaring independence from England, the formation of a new government, Civil War, industrialization, the World Wars, and the Cold War. Students will analyze the struggles of America, such as the Civil Rights Movement, climate change, and terrorism, as well as the successes in space travel, science, technology, and social awareness. Throughout the course, the students will also engage in diligent research practices, examining source validity, and critical thinking.

Learning Outcomes:

  • review American founding documents and leaders
  • describe and summarize the effects of causes and effects of immigration, the growth of industry and urbanization on American life in the late 1800's and early 1900's' review the causes and effects of the Civil War, World War I, and World War II
  • describe how America's role in the world has changed throughout history
  • outline the causes and effects of the changes in the early 20th century including the Roaring 20's, the Great Depression, and the New Deal
  • identify the events of the Cold War and compare other U.S. conflicts in the 20th and 21st centuries including Cuba, Korean, Vietnam, the Middle East, and 9/11
  • identify the causes and effects of the civil rights movement
  • review modern American presidents
  • name contemporary U.S. public policies in the age of technology and climate change

General Course Topics:

  • Founding documents and reconstruction
  • Urbanization and industry in the early 1900's
  • Causes and effects of World War I
  • Women's right to vote and political reform in the early 20th century
  • The Great Depression
  • Political reform and the "New Deal"
  • World War II
  • Postwar boom
  • American conflicts and politics during the Cold War
  • Age of the atom and the space race
  • America at the end of the Cold War
  • Jim Crow Laws, segregation, and civil rights
  • Politics of the mid-20th century, economic boom and American globalization
  • The middle east and 9/11
  • America in the age of technology and climate change
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Practical Exercises
  • Project-based Instruction

Methods of Assessment:

  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers
  • Facilitated Discussions

Minimum Passing Score:

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