- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 115
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Credit: Yes
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Course SummaryExplore early U.S. history with short video lessons and lesson quizzes as you work your way toward earning transferable college credit. Study tools help you pass your final exam to get history credits to apply toward your degree.
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History 103 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test to see if you're ready to earn credit. Use the study tools in the course to prepare for your final exam.
The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want. When you're ready, take the final exam.
Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Outline the major civilizations that lived in North America prior to first contacts
- Illustrate the impact of initial settlements in North America, including Jamestown and Plymouth Rock
- Break down the events that led up to the American Revolution
- Diagram and explain the major events and significance of the American Revolution
- Identify and appraise the major elements of the Declaration of Independence
- Analyze the major elements of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights
- Compare and contrast life in the north and south prior to the Civil War
- Explain the causes of westward expansion, including the California Gold Rush
- Categorize the causes and effects of the Civil War
- Describe the main elements of Reconstruction and how it affected the country
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 150 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real ACE college credit for this course is 105 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||100|
- Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. You have 3 attempts on every quiz to get the highest score possible. You may continue to take each quiz as many times as you'd like, but only the highest of your first 3 attempts counts toward your final grade. When you've completed the course, we'll calculate this portion of your final grade by averaging your highest scores on the quizzes. You must complete all the required quizzes with a score of 80% or higher on each one to complete the course and access the proctored final exam. Chapter exams are for self-assessment and do not count toward your final grade.
- The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course. You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you receive an 85% on the final, that's 85 points toward your final grade.) You'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period. You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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How It Works:
The American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated this history course and recommended it for 3 lower division college credits. To earn credit, follow these steps
- Identify if you need a U.S. history course for your degree.
- Check with your registrar to see if your school is one of the 2,000 colleges and universities that accept credit from ACE-recommended courses.
- Complete History 103 by watching videos, taking short quizzes and completing practice exams.
- Contact our expert instructors if you ever have questions.
- Take the credit-granting History 103 exam on our site.
- Transfer credit to your school!
There are no prerequisites for this course.
|First Contacts (28,000 BCE-1821 CE)||Dive into the lives of the first people in the Americas, especially the Mexican, Central and South American civilizations. Study the Spanish colonies in the Americas, and look at the impact of European colonization.|
|Settling North America (1497-1732)||Examine the early colonies, including failed settlements by the English and French, and learn about early successes by the English, Swedish, French and Dutch. Explore life in the Southern and Middle Colonies. Study the rise of the slave trade.|
|The Road to Revolution (1700--1774)||Look at the American Enlightenment and the Great Awakening and their impact. Explore some events that led to the American Revolution.|
|The American Revolution (1775-1783)||Look at the outbreak of war, the Declaration of Independence, loyalists and patriots, Naval battles and the Treaty of Yorktown. See how the war altered American society.|
|The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800)||Get information about the creation of the new nation, including state constitutions, the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights and early presidents.|
|The Virginia Dynasty (1801--1825)||Look at Virginia's influence on the young country, including overviews of presidents from that state. Learn about the role of the Supreme Court. Explore education, industrialization and the Missouri Compromise.|
|Jacksonian Democracy (1825 -- 1850)||Dig into the controversial election of 1824 and the dirty politics of 1828. Look at Andrew Jackson's presidency, including the forced displacement of Native Americans. Examine the causes of the financial panic of 1837.|
|Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861)||Learn about social reform movements, including temperance and abolition. Probe life in the South during this time, with a focus on the slavery-based economy.|
|Manifest Destiny (1806-1855)||Study westward migration, including the California gold rush and the annexation of Texas. Learn about the Compromise of 1850 and what it accomplished.|
|Sectional Crisis (1850-1861)||Examine the events leading up to the Civil War, including the Dred Scott decision, John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry, the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency.|
|American Civil War (1861-1865)||Survey the major battles of the war, look at key figures and military strategies. Go over the events at the end of the fighting, including Lincoln's assassination.|
|Reconstruction (1865-1877)||Look at what Lincoln had planned to do to restore the Union, how Andrew Johnson attempted to follow through and the conflict over Johnson's actions. Study life in the South after the war, the lives of newly-freed African-Americans and the Indian Wars.|
If you do not see the topics you need to study, please check out our other online history lessons to find the material you are look for.
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Before taking the exam, all of the following requirements must be met:
|A College Accelerator Study.com membership.|
|Completed the entire History 103: US History I course and achieved 100% Course Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
|Have available proctored exams in this month of membership.|
|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
Please complete all of the pre-requirements in the Pre-Exam Checklist in order to take the exam.
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