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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

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  • 4.5 quarter credits at Strayer University
  • Strayer University Equivalency: American History to 1865 (HIS 104)

Category: Social Science

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Description

US History I

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.

Overview
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.

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199 Student Reviews
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by Carl S. on March 28, 2020
Note to Sophia: Please stick to academic language and stop using overly-dramatic nonsense like "breathed". Thanks!
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by Nona S. on March 28, 2020
Wonderful support from helpline staff
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by Kennish G. on March 28, 2020
Course was challenging but it was great. There is lots to know!
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by Jeffrey M. on March 27, 2020
I feel that this course was extremely bias and focused on one particular situation in U.S history. Parts of this course are broken down in a particular way that should a student have a linear way of thinking, it could jeopardize their way of forming connections on key events leaving them utterly confused. I highly recommend that potential students evaluate if they are up to the task of making sense out of others perceptions and bias views. I now have a huge headache after taking this course and feel that I didn't capture any additional information then what I learned in 5th grade.
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by Keating F. on March 23, 2020
Great class. Read carefully and take your time.
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by Stacia D. on March 22, 2020
Helpful tutorials
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by Michael F. on March 15, 2020
The curriculum is challenging and yet achievable. I learned a great deal about U.S. history and will apply this knowledge as I further my education. The typing pattern check-in was frustrating as I use the same device to take milestones and has to contact a learning coach twice during this course. They are however responsive and very helpful!
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by John W. on March 13, 2020
very well presented

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    A: The Free Trial allows you to access the course of your choice, or multiple courses. It gives you access to the first unit ("Challenge 1") in the course. This will let you meet the course instructors, sample the instructional content, and answer a set of assessment questions in the Challenge. You can also read the Student Guide and watch an Orientation Video to learn more about the course format, requirements, and resources.

    Any work you complete in the Free Trial is saved, so if you decide to register, you do not need to repeat it. Of course, we also let you reset it and start over if you wish.

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    A: Sophia courses are not eligible for most third party payment methods. Course tuition is paid by the student, using a credit or debit card. Tuition is due at the time of course registration. Sophia offers a payment plan option for course tuition.

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    A: You choose your own course start date and have 60 days from your chosen start date to complete each course. Sophia courses are self-paced, so many students complete a course in less than 60 days.

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  • Q: How am I graded in the course?

    A: Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis, with 70% overall required to pass the course. Your score is based upon points earned in the formative assessments ("Challenges"), summative assessments ("Milestones"), and if applicable, the authentic assessments ("Touchstones"). Currently, our Foundations of English Composition, English Composition I, and Public Speaking courses contain Touchstones.

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  • Q: I'm taking a course where I have to submit Touchstones. How long does it take for my Touchstone to be graded once it's submitted?

    A: We provide our faculty graders with up to 7 business days to grade a Touchstone. The actual time may vary based on volume and grader capacity.