A chronological survey of the history of the United States, Intensive U.S. History covers events, issues, and personalities from the age of European colonization to the present. The Constitution and its myriad interpretations provide the foundation for this course. Students move at an accelerated pace and are expected to have advanced study and organizational skills. The ability to analyze and interpret reading material, both primary and secondary, is assumed. A college-level textbook is used. Class activities may include small-group work, debates, lectures, and analysis of historical documents. Active class participation and successful completion of an independent research paper is a course requirement. 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