Price: $125 | Credits: 5 | Dept: Social Studies | Course ID# 240-2

This is the second in a sequence and is the equivalent of the second semester of US History. This course examines major and significant events in U.S. history between 1898-2012, including, but not limited to: American imperialism and the Spanish American War, the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, World War I, the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, FDR and the New Deal, World War II, the Holocaust, the Cold War, civil rights and the 1950s, Kennedy, Vietnam and the 1960s, Richard Nixon, the Reagan Revolution, the Clinton Years, George W. Bush’s “War on Terror” and the election and first term of America’s first African American president, Barack Obama. U.S. History is approved by the University of California A-G as a history/social science (category A).

Upon completion of this course, the student is awarded 5 credits. Each credit corresponds to 15 hours of study. Of course, some students work more quickly than others, and some can devote more hours to study, so some students are able to complete the course in an accelerated rate.


In this module, students gain a comprehension of the following:

  • The economic and cultural factors that fueled the growth of American Imperialism.
  • Causes of the First World War, including factors that led to the U.S. joining the War.
  • How consumer goods fueled the business boom of the 1920’s as American standard of living rose, but as the prosperity of the 1920’s ended severe economic problems resulted.
  • How the United States entered World War II and drastically affected the outcome.
  • How the Soviet Union and the United States emerged from WWII as superpowers and the conflicts and tensions of the Cold War that resulted.
  • How civil rights activists broke through racial barriers.
  • How Presidents Reagan and Bush pursued a conservative agenda.
  • How the Cold War came to an end.
  • The Clinton years, terrorism and the Bush presidency, and the presidency of Barack Obama.


This course covers the following topics:

  • The Emergence of America as a World Power
  • The Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression
  • World War II and the Cold War
  • Civil Rights and Changing Society
  • Into Contemporary Society