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04056 AP European History

From the College Board: “In AP European History, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from approximately 1450 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course also provides seven 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, economic and commercial development, cultural and intellectual development, states and other institutions of power, social organization and development, national and European identity, and technological and scientific innovations.”

—Source: AP European History Course and Exam Description—Fall 2019, via College Board

This course aligns with the College Board’s learning goals for AP European History.


  • English 9 (required)
  • World History & Geography (recommended)

Course Texts and Materials


  • The Western Heritage Since 1300 (12th Edition, AP Edition, HS Binding)
    with optional MyLab History with Pearson eText (6 years)
    Publisher: Pearson
    ISBN-13: 978-0135258514
  • Reading and Note Taking Study Guide for The Western Heritage Since 1300, 12th Edition, AP Edition
    Publisher: Pearson
    ISBN-13: 9780135260449


  • Schaum’s Outline of Modern European History
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    ISBN: 0070674531

Terms Offered

Offered in two half-credit semesters:

  • 04056 AP European History Sem 1 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 1 (fall, 18 weeks)
    • Fall Block, Semester 1 (early fall, 9 weeks)
    • Spring Block, Semester 1 (early spring, 9 weeks)
  • 04056 AP European History Sem 2 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 2 (spring, 18 weeks)
    • Fall Block, Semester 2 (late fall, 9 weeks)
    • Spring Block, Semester 2 (late spring, 9 weeks)
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