The redesigned AP European History course is structured around five themes:

  1. Interaction of Europe and the World
  2. Poverty and Prosperity
  3. Objective Knowledge and Subjective Vision
  4. States and Other Institutions of Power
  5. Individual and Society

The course is divided into the following 4 chronological periods:

  1. c. 1405 to c. 1648
  2. c. 1648 to c. 1815
  3. c. 1815 to c. 1914
  4. c. 1914 to the Present

In the redesigned course, you’ll develop the following historical thinking skills:

  1. Chronological Reasoning
  2. Analyzing Historical Sources and Evidence
  3. Creating and Supporting an Argument
  4. Making Historical Connections

The redesigned AP European History course:

  • Is structured around the investigation of five course themes and 19 key concepts in four different chronological periods, from approximately 1450 to the present — the same overall chronological time period that AP European History teachers are already teaching.
  • Allows you to spend more time learning essential concepts and developing the historical thinking skills necessary to explore European history by focusing on a limited number of key concepts. (These are the same historical thinking skills that have informed the redesign of AP U.S. History and AP World History.)
  • Relieves the pressure to cover all possible events and details of European history at a superficial level.
  • Continues to prepare you for the rigors of advanced college-level work in history.

For more detail on the themes, learning objectives, units, key concepts, and skills that will be covered in the redesigned AP European History course and exam and to see sample exam questions, download the AP European History Course and Exam Description.

Note: An updated course and exam description reflecting the updated rubrics and historical thinking skills (.pdf/555KB) will be available soon.

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