This course prepares students for the AP examination in U.S. History. It is a college-level introduction to the development of the United States institutions and society from the settlements of the First Nations peoples to the end of the Twentieth Century. Students explore the concept of historical study as a discipline and study historiography—the different histories that have been written about events—as well as the events themselves. Independent use of a college level textbook is necessary, along with reading primary source materials and writing about them. The reading load is heavy and there are frequent writing assignments. Students are required to take the AP Examination in May.
Taken as a junior, this course may serve as the first year in the two-year IB HL History sequence.
Open to: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors