Advanced Placement (AP)Download PDF US History
Credit Hours: 1.0
Course Length: 2 Semesters
The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. 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, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Students 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 essay format.
After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Read, understand, and interpret a variety of primary and secondary sources.
- Demonstrate proficiency in explaining, analyzing, and evaluating problems and themes in US history.
- Apply the concepts and procedures of historical inquiry to understanding US history.
- Communicate effectively in writing interpretations and conclusions based on historical evidence.
Previous History course and teacher recommendation
Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials
Title: The American Pageant