Summer US History

An immersion in US political, social, and cultural currents from the colonial era to the present via lecture, discussion, debate, group and individual research, movies, historical documentaries, and field trips.

Program Details

Program Dates: 4 week program runs from June 12- July 14, 2024.

Program Schedule: Classes meet Monday through Friday from from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Who Can Attend Summer US History Camp?

Summer US History is open to those who have completed grade 10 and not yet taken a US history course.

Course fulfills Stevenson requirement for US History, and the University of California and Cal State University admissions requirements for US History

Laptop computer with wireless networking required.

Program Description

In this survey course, students investigate significant events and people in United States history from the 15th century to the present. While organized chronologically, this course also focuses on several themes that reverberate throughout the American experience: American and national identity; labor both free and enslaved; migration and settlement; politics and power; and geography and the environment.

Students will:

  • learn to focus their analysis of vital social, cultural, political, and economic moments in history by examining how these moments shape our perspective on current social, economic, and political issues.
  • develop and use the same skills and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change.
  • examine competing historical interpretations, emphasizing the idea that history’s meaning constantly evolves.

Students will participate in the program in the following ways:

  • Take weekly quizzes, and they maintain an online daily reading journal.
  • Read and journal daily for approximately one hour outside of class time.
  • Learn a cohesive step-by-step process to write a formal research paper, which will be submitted at the end of the five weeks.

Field Trips

Living on the Monterey peninsula, we have access to excellent museums and historical sites that complement our classroom study of United States history. Each Friday, students will attend chaperoned field trips, and we will visit the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Carmel Mission, Historical Monterey Walking Tour, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the National Steinbeck Center. The cost of the field trips are included in tuition.


Registration is open to Stevenson students, our neighbors, and local community members.