This two-semester course is a survey of United States history with heavy reading and comprehension requirements. There is also a strong emphasis on the development of analytical thinking and writing skills. Students should be prepared to put in a minimum of six preparation hours per week in addition to actively participating in class discussion and analysis of social, economic, and political history. Several extended writing assignments will be required during the course of the year. Successful completion of the course should prepare students to take an examination (at student expense) that may give the student up to six semester credits toward graduation at over 1,000 colleges and universities throughout the United States. If a student intends to take the course for college credit, we recommend contacting the college of choice to determine the exact requirement for credit at that institution.