Level: Advanced Placement
This course examines major topics in American history from the pre-Columbian era to the present. Significant themes include the relationship between slavery and freedom; changes in the meaning of equality and natural rights over time; the role of the United States in world economy and politics; and immigration and the growth of multicultural society. Although comprehensive in approach, the class will pay special attention to issues of social history through focus upon race, ethnicity, gender, and class status. In doing so, it will subsequently explore how definitions of “America” and “Americans” have been challenged, reworked, and broadened over the course of time. This AP® course resembles a two-semester college-level introduction to American history. The grade is weighted by 0.66 points.