133 AP®/Honors United States History

2 semesters, 1 credit (With ECC option)

Required for seniors not taking 131 United States History Since 1877

Prerequisite: Student must have a 93% or higher in Modern World History or completion of AP® World History with teacher approval. To qualify for college credit through ECC, a student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5.

AP®/Honors United States History is a reading/writing intensive survey course exploring the history of America from the 15th century to the present day. In addition to familiarizing students with the basic chronology, significant documents, events, and characters that make up American history, the course emphasizes the development of historical thinking skills, awareness of historiographical trends, and critical thinking in general. This course focuses on preparing students for active, informed participation in our democratic society, with a particular emphasis on how to take part intelligently and respectfully in discussion of difficult, often divisive, topics and current events. By the end of the year, students will have honed their abilities to engage in civil discourse, make use of evidence-based arguments, read textbooks, scholarly articles and monographs, and to write a historical research paper.

This course may be taken for college credit. If student elects to take this course for college credit (ECC course Hist. 102, 3 credits), an additional fee will apply. Taken after Honors American History I junior year, students will also be well-situated to take the AP exam should they choose this option.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Apply detailed and specific knowledge (such as names, chronology, facts, and events) to broader historical understandings.
  2. Develop coherent written arguments that have a thesis supported by relevant historical evidence.
  3. Identify and evaluate diverse historical interpretations.
  4. Analyze evidence about the past from diverse sources, such as written documents, maps, images, quantitative data (charts, graphs, tables), and works of art — Appropriate use of relevant historical evidence.
  5. Examine relationships between causes and consequences of events or processes.
  6. Identify and analyze patterns of continuity and change over time and connect them to larger historical processes or themes.
  7. Investigate and construct different models of historical periodization— Patterns of continuity and change over time.
  8. Compare historical developments across or within societies in various chronological and geographical contexts.
  9. Connect historical developments to specific circumstances of time and place and to broader regional, national, or global processes— Contextualization.
  10. Combine disparate, sometimes contradictory, evidence from primary sources and secondary works in order to create a persuasive understanding of the past — Synthesis.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. Diverse primary sources consisting of written documents, maps, images, quantitative data (charts, graphs, tables), and works of art
  2. Secondary sources written by historians or scholars interpreting the past
  3. How the American national identity changed over time
  4. How changes in markets, transportation, and technology affected American society
  5. How changes in migration and population patterns affected American life
  6. How various groups sought to change the federal government’s role in American political, social, and economic life
  7. How U.S. involvement in global conflicts set the stage for domestic social changes
  8. How institutions and values between the environment and Americans shape various groups in North America
  9. How changes in moral, philosophical, and cultural values affected U.S. history


This curriculum last updated on January 27, 2021, by the Social Studies Department.