Prerequisites: Teacher Approval
Credit: 10 Credits
The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP United States History course will thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format.
This course provides honors work in the historical development of institutions and values that shape present day America through thematic/problems approach. Reviews democratic government; the use of nature; work; political and social reform; discrimination based on sex, race, and nationality; and individual and group contributions. Honors work challenges students to be more analytical and creative through expanded assignments, real-world applications and enrichment opportunities.