AP European History
The Renaissance. The New World. The Reformation. The Enlightenment. The Titanic. The Great War.
Da Vinci. Columbus. Galileo. Luther. Newton. Napoleon. Tolkien. Lewis. Hitler.
When you think history, there’s a good chance you are thinking about the history of Europe, and with good reason. For better or worse, your world – both external and internal – has been fundamentally shaped by what took place in a collection of countries on the other side of the Atlantic. If we would aim to understand the forces that shaped our present reality, we would do well to study European History.
The AP European History course focuses on developing students’ understanding of European history from approximately 1450 to the present. Students will utilize the tools of critical thinking, primary source analysis, historiography, academic writing, and logic to take on the role of an historian.
We will repeatedly cross the bridge to the past in order to engage with critical moments in their context, bringing what we find back into the present to examine how we can apply it to our time. We will strive to synthesize these findings into a comprehensive whole, and we will do it from the exciting position of those who believe that all history is being ordered by God for his good purpose. The demands – particularly reading and writing – will be significant for students, yet the rewards are innumerable for those who commit themselves to the work.
Students successfully mastering the course material may earn college credit by passing the annually administered AP World History exam; the individual college or university determines how many if any credits will be granted for the AP exam score. While students cannot be required to take the AP Exam, it is strongly recommended that they plan to do so.
Textbook:A History of Western Society Since 1300 for AP by McKay, Crowston, Wiesner-Hanks, and Perry, ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03598-3
Tuition: $80 per month for 9 months
Fees: $50 copies and materials
Class Minimum: 6 students (class max: 15)