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Honors U.S. History

Course: 413

Grade Level:
Course Length:
Full Year
1 Credit
  • Modern European History with 90 average or Honors Modern European with 85 average or AP European History with 80 average
  • Departmental Approval

Course Description:

*Recommended: PSAT Verbal score of 28 or better

At the Honors level, students should be adept at writing essays and taking notes. This class builds upon these skills and presents a survey course in American history. It is more detailed and accelerated than the college preparatory U.S. History. The first semester will cover American history up to the Reconstruction era that followed the Civil War. The spring semester will focus on post-Reconstruction developments and cover major historical events into the modern era. Students will be expected to read historical essays, biographies, and primary source materials. Research projects and papers will also be required. In addition, students will be expected to master map skills for the periods studied. All students will construct a major research paper in the second semester. Summer reading is required.

Textbook/Class Resources:

There is no need to purchase a textbook for this course. Materials will be provided by the instructor.  Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness by OpenStax from Rice University