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 1450 AD 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.