In this chronological survey of the history of the United States, topics covered include the political, economic, geographic, and social realities of the nation’s past. The class moves at a swift pace, deepening the students’ capacity to interpret and analyze reading material of both primary and secondary sources. All students take the first two mods: Foundations of Modern America and The American Century. To complete the course students choose one of the 4 focus mods described below, or they take all mods of either African-American History or Intersectional Women’s History.
This mod will focus on the role of citizens in American government. We will examine the duties and entitlements of citizens, such as paying taxes or receiving Social Security. We will look at the way in which history, social norms, economic policy, and other factors influence the health of the United States.
After a brief introduction to the ideals and values that have influenced life within the United States, we will embark on a thematic exploration of modern American culture. Specific topics include the evolution of film, television, and music, the significance of visual and performance art, the impact of sports and leisure activities, and the role of language and behavior norms. In particular, we will utilize film viewings, television clips, music recordings, and cultural visuals to explore the evolution of life in the United States.
This mod will focus on the way identity has shaped American life throughout its history. Students will be able to study how their identity intersects with life in the modern United States and learn how different senses of identity in groups and individuals have influenced the development of the country.
This mod will focus on international relations: the study of the interaction of the United States with other nations and non-governmental organizations in fields such as politics, economics, and security. We will cover some of the most important of these from a historical perspective, and we will study how the United States shapes the world through modern international relations.
Students who have completed at least one year at George School may take George School’s online version of this course during the summer.
Min-Max Credit Hours: 2.0-3.0