History 12

United States and Modern History

Thought shapes history. Man's thoughts are shaped by his beliefs, his habits (be they virtue or vice), his society, culture, custom, environment, experience, and education. Man shapes history through his choices, which are rooted in those soils of his thought. As you read the pages of modern history you will see that man's thought—beliefs and philosophies—are some of the most powerful forces on earth.

Course Description

This course studies the major ideological trends of modern Western Civilization and their effects on the world. In this course students will be asked to examine the work of a number of thinkers—philosophers, scientists and theologians — in conjunction with their study of historical events and documents. In essence this is both a course in history and in political philosophy. It will be most fruitful to seriously consider the power of an idea to shape history.

Course Expectations

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (OK) credit will have four major assignments each semester. Two of those four assignments will be paper topic essays, and the other 2 may also be essays, but could instead include other types of creative projects, oral presentations, or other appropriate assignments pertinent to the course.  Additionally, core students should also expect to have daily reading, minor weekly written assignments, required participation, and exams as assigned by their instructor. All assignments are given and graded by the instructor.

Course Texts
  • Modern History Reader
  • A Documentary History of the United States
  • The Federalist Papers
  • Democracy in America
  • Modern Times
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers


Course Details:

Section Number




Mrs. Anderson

Mrs. Angstenberger

Grades (Typical)

9 - 12 (12th)

Live Class Meets

1x per week

1 hr. 20 min.




Class Period




10:30-11:50 AM PT

1:30-2:50 PM ET

6:00 - 7:20 AM PT

9:00 - 10:20 AM ET



Credits (Type)

10 (History)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Morality & Church History III

Modern Era Literature

Creative Writing


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors (OH) level.

*This course is a waitlisted course. This section will be opened if 10 students are waitlisted and all other sections are filled.  Payment is required to be put on the waitlist for a new section of this course. However, the 20% tuition deposit, along with all the tuition for this course, is refundable if the student cannot be placed in a current section or a new section is not opened by August 15th. If you decide not to place your child when a spot becomes available, the 20% tuition deposit is non-refundable.  The remaining tuition is still refundable following the above outlined refund policies.