AP World HistoryAP World History

Advanced Placement World History is a challenging two term course that is structured around the investigation of selected themes woven into key concepts covering distinct chronological periods/eras. AP World History is equivalent to an introductory college survey course. The course has a threefold purpose. First, it is designed to prepare students for successful placement into higher level college and university history courses. Second, it is designed to develop skills of analysis and thinking in order to prepare students for success in the twenty-first century. Finally, it is the intent of this class to make the learning of world history an enjoyable experience. Students will be able to show their mastery of the course goals by taking part in the College Board AP World History Exam. The five themes of AP World History are described below:

1. Interaction between humans and the environment (Environment)
    Demography & disease; migration; patterns of settlement; technology
2. Development and interaction of cultures (Culture)
    Religions, philosophies, & ideologies; science & technology; arts & architecture
3. State-building, expansion, and conflict (Political)
    Political structures & forms of governance; empires; nations & nationalism; revolts &
    revolutions; regional, transregional, and global organizations
4. Creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems (Economic)
    Agriculture & pastoral production; trade & commerce; labor systems; industrialization; capitalism & socialism
5. Development and transformation of social structures (Social)
    Gender roles & relations; family and kinship; racial & ethnic constructions; social & economic classes