Advanced Placement European History
The Advanced Placement European History course introduces students to both a chronological and thematic development of European history from 1450 to the present. The program of study contains clear learning objectives for the course and exam, emphasizing the development of thinking skills used by historians and aligning with contemporary scholarly perspectives on major issues in European history. The course is designed to encourage students to become apprentice historians who are able to use historical facts and evidence in the service of creating deeper conceptual understandings of critical developments in European history. The five key concepts support the investigation of historical developments within a chronological framework, while the course themes allow students to make crucial connections across the different historical periods. The key concepts will help students understand, organize and prioritize historical developments within each period. The course’s organization around a limited number of key concepts allows students to spend more time learning essential concepts and developing the historical thinking skills necessary to explore European history. Students are expected to take the AP European History exam in May of their 10th-grade year. Students are also required to take the New York State Global History Regents in June.