AP European History (Sem 1)

This is the first course in a two-course sequence. This AP study of European history since 1300 introduces students to economic, cultural, social and political developments. These developments played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. The Advanced Placement course in European History is designed to provide students with the factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to understand and evaluate the evolution of European history from approximately 1450 to the present. The course is divided into 8 modules that focus on the intellectual and cultural, political and diplomatic, and social and economic developments in Europe, examining these themes as they interconnect and show changes over time in European history. Analysis of primary source material, including readings, maps, art, cartoons, graphs, and charts, is a vital aspect of the course. The significance of varying viewpoints and interpretations of a variety of episodes and issues will introduce students to historiography and the evaluation of historical evidence. Statistical analysis is included as appropriate. Each module will provide students the opportunity to prepare for the AP exam at the end of the course. Students will participate in class discussion that includes thought-provoking questions that will prepare students for the short answer section of the exam. Students will also complete document-based questions (DBQs) and free-response questions in each module. Each assignment is designed to have students think deeply about the topics discussed and analyze primary and secondary documents thoughtfully and analytically. The course will also utilize the AP Classroom practice activities at the College Board site to maximize the AP Exam preparation experience. Course does not include the AP Exam; students can contact their school’s AP Coordinator or the College Board to sign up to take the Exam. There are required due dates in AP courses. The pacing of due dates in AP courses aligns to the completion of all lessons and required assignments and assessments prior to the national AP exam date related to this course title. This course requires purchase of a textbook.

Terms Offered

(23-24) Semester 1
(24-25) Semester 1

NCAA Approved?


Course Type

Advanced Placement


College Board: AP Course Topics and Objectives