AP European History: Curricular Requirements

  • The course includes a college-level European history textbook, diverse primary sources, and multiple secondary sources written by historians or scholars interpreting the past.
  • Each of the course historical periods receives explicit attention.
  • Students are provided opportunities to apply learning objectives in each of the five themes throughout the course.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to develop coherent written arguments that have a thesis supported by relevant historical evidence. - Historical argumentation
  • The course provides opportunities for students to identify and evaluate diverse historical interpretations. - Interpretation
  • The course provides opportunities for students to analyze evidence about the past from diverse sources, such as written documents, maps, visual sources, and quantitative data. – Appropriate use of historical evidence
  • The course provides opportunities for students to examine relationships between causes and effects of events or processes. – Historical causation
  • The course provides opportunities for students to identify and analyze patterns of continuity and change over time and connect them to larger historical processes or themes. – Patterns of continuity and change over time
  • The course provides opportunities for students to explain and analyze different models of historical periodization. – Periodization
  • The course provides opportunities for students to compare historical developments across or within societies in various chronological and geographical contexts. – Comparison
  • The course provides opportunities for students to evaluate ways in which specific historical circumstances of time and place connect to broader regional, national, or global processes. - Contextualization
  • The course provides opportunities for students to recognize and explain disparate, sometimes contradictory evidence from primary sources and/or secondary works about the past. –Synthesis
  • The course provides opportunities for students to apply insights about the past to other historical contexts or circumstances, including the present. – Synthesis

Resource Requirements

  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level European history textbook (supplemented when necessary to meet the curricular requirements) for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The school ensures that each student has copies of primary sources and other instructional materials used in the course for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The school ensures that each student has access to support materials for the AP European History course, including scholarly, college-level works that correspond with course topics; writings by major European authors; as well as standard reference works such as encyclopedias, atlases, collections of historical documents, and statistical compendiums, either in a school or public library or via the Internet.
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