World History: Modern

Master Teacher: Douglas Favelo, PhD
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (34 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up.
Tuition: $619 for HSLDA Members / $744 for non-members.

Description: AP® World History: Modern will cover the history of the world from 1200 AD to the present day. In AP® World History: Modern, students expand their knowledge of the people, events, and ideas that have shaped our world, and consider them from a Biblical perspective. Students don't just memorize facts—they also develop thinking skills and practice historical analysis.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 23, 2021 - April 29, 2022

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Closed Tuesdays, 9:30–11:00 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Megan Bowman

Section 2: Closed Mondays, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Brian Trimmer

Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What topics will I learn about in World History: Modern?

    World History: Modern is designed not only to introduce students to the modern era of world history, but also to help them evaluate the people, events, and ideas of world history from a biblical worldview. This course will cover the history of the world from 1200 AD to the present day.

    As they examine the history of the modern era, 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.

    Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

    • Know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to modern world history and give a biblical-worldview analysis of those facts, concepts, and theories.
    • Place important historical events, individuals, and movements in chronological order.
    • Analyze and interpret basic data relevant to modern world history.
    • Understand the interaction between the environment and the development of human societies and cultures in the modern era.
    • Analyze the similarities and differences between peoples and cultures of the modern world.
    • Trace the development of nations, cultures, and empires.
    • Biblically understand the impact of the major world religions on the modern era.
    • Understand the importance of trade networks, empires, exploration, industrialization, revolution, and globalization during the progression of the modern era.
  • How much homework is in World History: Modern?

    AP® World History: Modern is a rigorous, college-level course. The College Board recommends this course and corresponding AP® exam for advanced 10th grade students and up.

    We estimate that the course workload will take 10+ hours per week.

    During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • Lecture video (~ 30 minutes per week)
    • 1 chapter textbook reading
    • Primary source reading
    • Discussion forum post and reply

    Throughout the year, students will also complete the following tasks:

    • Handwritten AP essay practice every 5–6 weeks
    • Unit exam every 4–5 weeks
  • What books will I use in World History: Modern?

    The AP® World History: Modern Booklist is now available. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through the bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Am I ready to take World History: Modern?

    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® World History page 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 World History: Modern?

    In every HSLDA 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.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed World History: Modern 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 World History: Modern?

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

    HSLDA members save $125 on yearlong AP® courses in addition to Early Registration discounts!