AP EUROPEAN HISTORYThe Course

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Important Updates

2017-18 AP History Updates
Updates to the AP history courses and exams will take effect in the 2017-18 school year and are reflected in the updated course and exam description available below. These changes do not require teachers to resubmit their syllabi to the AP Course Audit or attend professional development.

Course Overview

AP European History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university European history course. In AP European History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in four historical periods from approximately 1450 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing historical evidence; contextualization; comparison; causation; change and continuity over time; and argument development. The course also provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction of Europe and the world; poverty and prosperity; objective knowledge and subjective visions; states and other institutions of power; individual and society; and national and European identity.

School and district administrators: Considering AP European History for your school or district? Download the course framework (.pdf/2.04MB), for an overview of the course and exam. You can also download a practice exam (.pdf/1.61MB).

Essential Course Resources

Course Planning and Pacing Guides

2015-16 Course and Exam Redesign

The redesigned AP European History course and exam launched in 2015-16. These revisions pre-dated the updates to the AP history courses taking effect in 2017-18. Review the Overview of the 2015-16 Redesign, which was informed by Expert Input and a Higher Education Validation Study for European History.

College Board Store

Find AP European History publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.

 

AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP European History.