US History

2 semesters, 1 credit

Required for juniors not taking 129 Honors United States History to 1877

U.S. History is a survey course from the 15th century to the present day. Students will familiarize themselves with the significant events, individuals, and ideas that have shaped the many stories we tell about ourselves. As we study American culture, politics, economics, and society over time, we will exercise and strengthen historical thinking skills and on argumentation through writing.

The federal constitution and the Missouri constitution exams must be passed to meet graduation requirements.


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

  1. Analyze and explain the origins of a new society in America up to 1783. 
  2. Analyze the challenges of the new world. 
  3. Identify and analyze the catalysts of the American Revolution.
  4. Describe the efforts of America’s founding fathers from 1776-1830 to balance liberty with order.  
  5. Analyze the reforms in American society and the development of international markets affecting the United States.
  6. Describe our emerging new nation from 1800-1860. 
  7. Explain how our nation divided and reunited from 1850-1877. 
  8. Identify key geographic locations.
  9. Create and present multimedia presentations on various topics. 
  10. Research the United States Constitution. 
  11. Supplement classroom instruction through research. 


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. Current events 
  2. State and Federal government 


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