AP European History

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

AP® European History is a rigorous academic course that is structured around the investigation of five course themes from 1450 to the present. It prepares students for the demands of a college education by emphasizing the development of nine specific historical thinking skills while providing extensive experience in college level reading, writing and responsibility for learning. The challenging and stimulating curriculum of AP European History requires much more time than other high school courses. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable hours to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. This course promotes effective time management and organization skills and is structured specifically to meet new criteria set forth by the College Board.

During this full-year course, students will investigate the broad themes of interaction between Europe and the World, Poverty and Prosperity, Objective Knowledge and Subjective Visions, States and Other Institutions of Power, and the Individual and Society, while making crucial connections across four different chronological periods ranging from 1450 to the present. In addition, the course is focused toward 19 key concepts, which enable students to better understand, organize, and prioritize historical developments within a chronological framework. As students learn to analytically examine historical facts and evidence, they will gain deeper conceptual understandings of critical developments in European history and will understand issues from multiple perspectives.

This course specifically encourages the development of students’ skills in the categories of chronological reasoning, comparison and contextualization, construction of evidence-based arguments, and interpretation and synthesis of historical narratives, all competencies essential for college and career success.

Throughout the course, AP European History students can expect to:

  • Watch or listen to traditional history lectures produced by the teacher or offered by colleges and universities online.
  • Participate in class discussions of primary documents, course themes, and key events in threaded discussions.
  • Use historical facts and evidence to debate key issues or role-play historic figures through student audio recordings.
  • Demonstrate historical thinking skills through essays designed to meet the requirements outlined by the College Board for Advanced Placement exams.
  • Collaborate with other students in research groups using Web 2.0 information tools.
  • Utilize supplement traditional textbook reading with historical journals and primary documents.

Course Prerequisites


Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

Several activities in this course require audio collaboration and interaction and therefore students are required to have a computer microphone or a headset with a microphone. Students will need to create a FLICKR account.

Major Concepts

  1. Designed to successfully prepare students for the College Board’s redesigned AP® European History Exam.
  2. Focuses on historical thinking skills to examine major issues and developments that have emerged over centuries.
  3. Encourages students to develop academic skills required for success in college and post-secondary education.