Welcome to AP World History!

The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes, contacts, and interactions of different human societies. The course begins in 8000 C.E. and continues through the present.  We begin with the evolution of human civilizations and use that foundational understanding as a basis for understanding the increasing encounters and interactions between societies.  Emphasis will be given to comparisons between major societies, development of international trade networks, causes and consequences of major movements, and analysis/interpretation of historical evidence. 


The Five AP World History Themes:

    1. Social – Development and transformation of social structures

    2. Political – State-building, expansion and conflict

    3. Interaction – Humans and the environment

    4. Cultural – Development/interaction of cultures, religions, art, and science

    5. Economic – Creation, expansion and interaction of economic systems



The course is organized by dividing the world’s history into 6 time periods for the purpose of analyzing global events and interactions.  The main objective of the course is for students to develop and demonstrate an enduring understanding of the “big picture” of world history and connect history to the current state of affairs in the world.


8000  – 600 BCE


1450 – 1750


600 BCE – 600 CE


1750 – 1900


600 CE – 1450


1900 – the present