AP World History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university world history course. In AP World History, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods from approximately 8000 B.C.E. 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 comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides five themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for the AP World History course. Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences. More information can be found on the AP World History Course Overview website.