AP World History A

Course Description

AP World History A is an introductory college-level modern world history course. Students will cultivate their understanding of world history from c. 1200 CE to 1900 CE through analyzing historical sources and learning to make connections and craft historical arguments as they explore concepts like humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • analyze primary and secondary sources
  • develop historical arguments
  • make historical connections
  • utilize reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time

Required Course Materials


  • 1200 Update-Ways of the World with Sources: For the AP Modern Course (4th Ed., 2020)
    BFW High School Publishers
    ISBN-13: 9781319236571
    ISBN-10: 131923657X

Other Materials

  • Interactive Notebook – In the form of a small composition notebook, a spiral notebook, or loose-leaf paper kept in a binder.
  • Pencil or Pen – In order to do well in the course, you must take notes and complete the graphic organizers that are presented to you
  • Internet Access

Course Organization

Each semester contains 5 units and one final exam.

Each Unit contains:

  • 4-7 lessons. Each lesson includes some or all of the following components: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.
  • Practice quizzes to help you check your own understanding of the material covered in each lesson. You must complete these assessments in order to advance in the course.
  • 3 -4 graded assignments

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all 5 units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

Format: 50 multiple-choice questions, 2 free response questions
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: Pen/Pencil

Semester Topics

Unit 1: The Global Tapestry
Unit 2: Networks of Exchange
Unit 3: Land-Based Empires
Unit 4: Transoceanic Interconnections
Unit 5: Revolutions