AP US History

  • Name:

    AP® US History (HIST520)

  • Department:

    Social Studies

  • Credits:

    1.0 (yearlong course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    US History Survey (HIST310); An 85% in the subject area course from the previous year. A foundation in US History is suggested.

AP US History


This is a college-level course covering the period of history from early exploration of North America to the present day. This course covers a chronological history of the United States using a variety of sources including primary sources, maps, articles, and a basic text used for basic background information. The course will cover the major trends of political, social, intellectual, economic, and diplomatic history, as well as familiarize the student with the geographical development and expansion of the United States. A major goal is to develop analytical and interpretive skills through the lens of the biblical worldview. Particular emphasis is placed on training students to excel in the skills of critical reading and writing, as well as critical interpretation of arguments. Students will investigate people, places, worldviews, and events that have most influenced U.S. history. This course is taught at the college level and is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the AP® US History Exam. Students will work with the instructor to review their progress in preparing for this exam.

Special Notes:

If you are planning to take the AP® exam associated with this course, then be aware that beginning in Fall 2019 the College Board requires that all students register in October of each school year to take the exam which is held in early May. You must make your decision early. There are penalties associated with late registration and with registering and then deciding not to take the exam at a later date. Please plan accordingly. For more information or if you have more questions, please visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org. Once on the site search Home-Schooled Students to find information on locating testing locations near you.


Barely two and a half centuries old, the United States of America has been a country of claims, contradictions and compromise, as well as drive, independence and innovation. From the beginning of its European “founding,” there has been a cycle of immigrants battling the immigrants before them, for the same hopes and dreams. The study of this “new” land is a fascinating, continuous change of ideas and goals and one worth investigating.

As we work through the constant change of leadership, what it means to be a “representative democracy” not a “direct democracy,” understand the “voice” of the people and who those people are, we will take it to a new and challenging level of analysis, criticism and academic writing. If you’re ready for a college-level course that will not only be a great learning experience but one that could earn you some college credit, I would love to have you join me!

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