The Advanced Placement World History course traces the history of the world from 10,000 B.C.E. to the present day. In order to both make sense of this much history and develop the skills necessary to interpret it, the course is framed around five themes, divided into six chronological periods and nineteen key concepts. Additionally, understanding history requires the development of thinking skills using the processes and tools that historians employ in order to create historical narrative. Therefore, the following set of four historical thinking skills will be taught as an integrated component of the course: chronological reasoning, comparison and contextualization, crafting historical arguments from historical evidence, and historical interpretation and synthesis. Students will also be required to think on many different geographical and temporal scales in order to compare historical events over time and space.
AP World History is a college level course and as such students will be expected to read, analyze and apply their analyses from a wide variety of different types of historical documents. Primary sources, scholarly analysis from diverse points of view, and various highly regarded texts as well as a large quantity of maps, charts and historical data from assorted time periods will constitute the reading for this course. Students will be taught to support all interpretations with evidence in their development of unique historical arguments.