AP US History

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

This is a college level history course designed to meet the needs of highly motivated students who have a strong interest and ability in history. The student is expected to read and analyze both primary and secondary source materials and to demonstrate the ability to interpret and evaluate these sources. The course is content driven with heavy emphasis on written critical analysis. Extensive reading writing and class discussions are integral components of the program. The course is organized into nine historical periods that run from the pre-colonial era to the present. The key concepts, supporting concepts, and historical developments that are required knowledge for each period are included. Students will develop historical thinking skills by investigating the past in ways that reflect the discipline of history, most particularly through the exploration and interpretation of a rich array of primary sources and secondary texts, and through the regular development of historical argumentation in writing.

The AP® program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials, their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance, and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. The course develops the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively.

Course Prerequisites


Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials


Major Concepts

  1. This class will provide an understanding of past concepts related to present ones.
  2. This course can be used as a tool for those students preparing for college to get acquainted with the demands of a post secondary curriculum.
  3. This course will prepare students for the AP® Exam