HSLDA Online Academy | European History

European History

Master Teacher:  Douglas Favelo, PhD

McGovern Master Teacher

Douglas Favelo, PhD

MA in Classics, PhD in History, UCLA
BA and MA in History, California State University Fresno

Dr. Doug Favelo teaches Patrick Henry College’s core History of Western Civilization courses as well as upper division courses in history. Prior to coming to PHC in 2010, he served as a lecturer for ten years in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature at California State University Fresno, teaching history, literature, and Latin. In July 2010 he helped lead and teach a UCLA study-abroad program in Rome. During his doctoral studies at UCLA, the largest history graduate program in the nation, he was ranked number one all four years. He specializes in Greek and Roman history and literature; his research interests include Italian resistance to the expansion of Rome and the lives of the Christian desert monks of late Roman Egypt.

Dr. Favelo has been heavily involved in the classical education scene for many years, and also in the homeschool community. He has taught hundreds of homeschooled students Latin, Greek, history, and literature, and has spoken at conferences on homeschooling.

He lives with his wife and four children in Loudoun County, Virginia. His passion is to facilitate students’ intellectual and spiritual development, primarily through the medium of a rigorous, Biblically-centered classical education, to the greater glory of God.

Dr. Favelo has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2010 and has developed four Academy courses: AP® World History, AP® European History, Latin 1, and Latin 2.

Classroom Teacher:  Brian Trimmer

McGovern Classroom Teacher

Brian Trimmer

MA, Pepperdine University
BA, Columbia Christian College

In addition to his BA and MA in history, Brian Trimmer holds a teaching credential through California Lutheran University. He has been a classroom teacher for fifteen years. He currently teaches world and U.S. history at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California, as well as AP® World History through HSLDA Online Academy. In addition to teaching human society, culture, and development, Brian highlights Christian worldview and God’s continuing hand in shaping the course of human history.

Brian has published three history-related articles on Google’s Knol informational website. Two of these articles are chapters straight from his Master’s thesis: Defenders of the West, the History of Naval Airstation Tillamook. He has also achieved expert author status on EzineArticles with eleven feature articles on entrepreneurship and home-based business. He and his wife Heather have begun a successful home-based business. God has given them three children, all of whom are currently homeschooled.

This is Brian’s seventh year teaching for the Academy.

Classroom Teacher:  Megan Bowman

Megan BowmanClassroom Teacher

Megan Bowman

MA, George Mason University
BA, Appalachian State University

Megan Bowman earned her bachelor's degree in social studies and secondary education from Appalachian State University in 2006 and her master’s of education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning, with a concentration in history, from George Mason University in 2009. She had the unique opportunity to study abroad for a summer term in 2004 at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. She also worked as a historic interpretative intern with the National Park Service at Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 2006. Over the past ten years, she has taught 9th–12th Grade Social Studies classes in Fairfax and Loudoun County Public Schools and HSLDA Online Academy, including AP® World History, AP® U.S. History, and AP® European History.

Megan is very excited to be teaching again with HSLDA Online Academy this academic year. Over the past ten years, her passion for history and for piquing young people's interest in history has grown exponentially. Her favorite topics to study include ancient Greek and Roman history, early church history, the Reformation, the American Civil War, World Wars I & II, and the Cold War. She looks forward to getting to know her students and facilitating a fun and exciting European History class!

Megan lives in West Virginia with her husband Kevin and their daughters Lizzy and Victoria. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, hiking, baking, wood-working, and hanging out with her family and their beagle Bella.

This is her third year teaching for the Academy.

Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks)
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up.
Tuition: $595 for HSLDA Members/$695 for non-HSLDA Members.  

Description: AP® European History introduces students to modern European history (1450 A.D. to present) and also challenges them to evaluate the people, events, and ideas of western civilization from a biblical worldview.
Watch a short introduction from Course Developer Dr. Douglas Favelo.

AP® European History — Live Online Class Session Schedule, 2017–18

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Closed – Section is Full
Tuesdays, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Eastern Mrs. Megan Bowman 
Section 2
Mondays, 7:00–8:30 p.m. Eastern Mr. Brian Trimmer
Additional class times may be added at a later date. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions
about AP® European History

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  • What topics will I learn about in European History?

    AP® European History is designed not only to introduce students to modern European history, but also to help them evaluate the people, events, and ideas of European history from a biblical worldview.

    As they examine the history of Europe, students will refine their analytical abilities and critical thinking skills in order to understand historical and geographical context, make comparisons across cultures, use documents and other primary sources, and recognize and discuss different interpretations and historical frameworks.

    This course covers the history of Europe from A.D. 1450 to the present.

    Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

    • Know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to European history and give a biblical-worldview analysis of those facts, concepts, and theories.
    • Place important historical events, individuals, movements, and civilizations in chronological order.
    • Analyze and interpret basic data relevant to European history.
    • Understand the interaction between the environment and the development of human societies, cultures, and civilizations.
    • Analyze the similarities and differences between peoples and cultures of Europe.
    • Trace the development of European civilizations, nations, and empires.
    • Biblically understand the development, diffusion, and impact of major world religions.
  • Am I ready to take European History?

    This is a rigorous, college-level course. Students should have strong reading and writing skills and be prepared for substantial studying and reading requirements. HSLDA Online Academy recommends that students complete at least one high school history course at an advanced or honors level before enrolling. Please visit the College Board page about AP® European History for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP® exam in this subject.

    Still have questions about whether you are ready for an AP® course? Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in European History?

    In every HSLDA Online Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

    If you have any questions about class sections, schedules, or registration, please contact the HSLDA Online Academy Staff.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed European History class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements with their instructors to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.  

  • What is the tuition for European History?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $100 on yearlong AP® courses!