AP European History: Curricular Requirements

  • The teacher has read the most recent AP European History Course Description.
  • The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge about European history from 1450 to the present to highlight intellectual, cultural, political, diplomatic, social, and economic developments.
  • The course teaches students to analyze evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.
  • The course includes extensive instruction in analysis and interpretation of a wide variety of primary sources, such as documentary material, maps, statistical tables, works of art, and pictorial and graphic materials.
  • The course provides students with frequent practice in writing analytical and interpretive essays such as document-based questions (DBQ) and thematic essays (see the Course Description for more information).

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writings by major European authors; as well as standard reference works such as encyclopedias, atlases, collections of historical documents, and statistical compendiums, either in a school or public library or via the Internet.
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