Advanced Placement (AP) World History is a course designed to develop students' understanding of world history from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. AP World History is the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university world history course. It is structured around the investigation of five themes woven into 19 key concepts covering six distinct chronological periods. This course will deal with facts but it will also emphasize historical analysis by focusing on four historical thinking skills:

I. Chronological Reasoning
II. Comparison and Contextualization
III. Crafting Historical Arguments from Historical Evidence Historical IV. Interpretation and Synthesis 


  • Interaction Between Humans and Environment 
  • Development and Interaction of Cultures 
  • State-Building, Expansion, and Conflict
  • Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
  • Development and Transformation of Social Structures 


  • Technological and Environmental Transformations to 600 B.C.E.
  • Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies 600 B.C.E. to 600 C.E.
  • Regional and Transregional Interactions 600 C.E. to 1450
  • Global Interactions 1450 to 1750
  • Industrialization and Global Integration 1750 to 1900
  • Accelerating Global Change and Realignments 1900 to the Present 


 Each AP course concludes with a college-level assessment developed and scored by college and university faculty as well as experienced AP teachers. This year's exam is on May 16, 2019 and will consist of multiple choice questions, a document-based question, short-answer questions, and a long essay question. There is a fee involved if students wish to take the exam. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States and universities in more than 60 countries recognize AP in the admissions process and grant students credit, placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores. Research consistently shows that students who receive a score of 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers. Additional AP studies and information can be accessed by visiting www.collegeboard.org .