AP US History
The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide you with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. History. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. You will learn to assess historical materials – their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance – and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.
Credits: Full (1.0) Credit Course
Estimated Completion Time: 2 semesters/18-36 weeks
Dual Credit Available
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Missouri Learning Standards
- American and National Identity (NAT)
- NAT-1.0 Explain how ideas about democracy, freedom, and individualism found expression in the development of cultural values, political institutions, and American identity
- NAT-2.0 Explain how interpretations of the Constitution and debates over rights, liberties, and definitions of citizenship have affected American values, politics, and society
- NAT-3.0 Analyze how ideas about national identity changed in response to U.S. involvement in international conflicts and the growth of the United States.
- NAT-4.0 Analyze relationships among different regional, social, ethnic, and racial groups, and explain how these groups’ experiences have related to U.S. national identity
- Politics and Power (POL)
- POL-1.0 Explain how and why political ideas, beliefs, institutions, party systems, and alignments have developed and changed.
- POL-2.0 Explain how popular movements, reform efforts, and activist groups have sought to change American society and institutions.
- POL-3.0 Explain how different beliefs about the federal government’s role in U.S. social and economic life have affected political debates and policies.
- Work, Exchange, and Technology (WXT)
- WXT-1.0 Explain how different labor systems developed in North America and the United States, and explain their effects on workers’ lives and U.S. society.
- WXT-2.0 Explain how patterns of exchange, markets, and private enterprise have developed, and analyze ways that governments have responded to economic issues.
- WXT-3.0 Analyze how technological innovation has affected economic development and society
- Culture and Society (CUL)
- CUL-1.0 Explain how religious groups and ideas have affected American society and political life.
- CUL-2.0 Explain how artistic, philosophical, and scientific ideas have developed and shaped society and institutions.
- CUL-3.0 Explain how ideas about women’s rights and gender roles have affected society and politics.
- CUL-4.0 Explain how different group identities, including racial, ethnic, class, and regional identities, have emerged and changed over time.
- Migration and Settlement (MIG)
- MIG-1.0 Explain the causes of migration to colonial North America and, later, the United States, and analyze immigration’s effects on U.S. society
- MIG-2.0 Analyze causes of internal migration and patterns of settlement in what would become the United States, and explain how migration has affected American life.
- Geography and the Environment (GEO)
- GEO-1.0 Explain how geographic and environmental factors shaped the development of various communities, and analyze how competition for and debates over natural resources have affected both interactions among different groups and the development of government policies.
- America in the World (WOR)
- WOR-1.0 Explain how cultural interaction, cooperation, competition, and conflict between empires, nations, and peoples have influenced political, economic, and social developments in North America.
- WOR-2.0 Analyze the reasons for and results of U.S. diplomatic, economic, and military initiatives in North America and overseas.