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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 primary sources, maps, articles, and a textbook used for background information. Major trends in political, social, intellectual, economic, and diplomatic history will be covered, as well as geographical developments and expansion of the United States. A major goal of the course is to develop analytical and interpretive skills through the lens of a Biblical worldview. 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 influenced U.S. history, and will be prepared to successfully complete the AP® US History 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 . Once on the site, search Home-Schooled Students to find information on locating testing locations near you.

As an online school, NorthStar Academy is not a testing center. We are a certified AP course provider. Students must locate a face to face school in their local area that will allow them to sit the exam with their students.

This version of the course is not Dual Credit eligible. To receive Dual Credit, you must register for the DC version of this course, if available.


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 look at the continuous change of ideas and goals, and one worth investigating.

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

“The recorded PowerPoints that went through certain chapters and elements of the APUSH exam were extremely helpful and beneficial.”

“I enjoyed the presentations and the different projects, I felt like they were helpful in learning how to analyze.”

“I liked the content of the class a lot, and the less regular assignments were educational.”