Online United States History is a challenging course that is meant to enhance the students' ability to reason and think like an historian. It is a two-semester survey of American history from the Age of Exploration and Discovery to the present. Solid reading and writing skills, along with willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, writing, and interpretation of original documents. In this required eleventh grade course, students analyze and evaluate American political, social, and economic behavior during major periods in the nation's experience. Multiple factors that effect continuity and change in historical settings are studied, in addition to the outstanding contributions of individual Americans. The course traces the change in ethnic composition of American society, the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women, and the expanding role of the Federal government.