AP US History

Course Description:
The study of history provides us with an opportunity to see God’s hand in our story. AP® United States History guides students through exploration, investigation, and evaluation of the story of the United States. They discover that history isn’t a mere collection of information about the past, but a dynamic story of how the present world came to be, shifting and reshaping as new details and evidence are revealed. It is an opportunity to evaluate the beliefs and philosophies of those who have shaped history against the truth and guidelines of God’s Word. It is also an instrument to explore decisions and the outcomes of those decisions as we apply those lessons to our time. This course focuses on evaluating various interpretations of history, as well as the development of skills to evaluate history from a biblical perspective. 

This course is designed to provide a college-  level experience and prepare students for the AP® 
exam. Students must take the AP® Exam in order to receive AP® credit. 

World History recommended; strong reading and writing skills required 

Recommended Grade Level(s):
10 – 12

Approved by:

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA®)
  • University of California (UC)
  • College Board

Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (1/2 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (1/2 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:
The times and affairs of man are in the hands of the eternal and transcendent God. Human behavior and decisions often reveal our desire to grasp authority, coerce, manipulate, or intimidate others created in God’s image. Rather than being the master of our own fate, humans are created in the image of God and responsible to Him. Therefore, we should seek unity, justice, and reconciliation as we are guided by the principles of God’s Word. Our interactions with one another and with God can be patterned upon the historical person of Jesus Christ and sanctified as we relate to Him and seek His grace in our lives and times. Recognizing that our possessions and talents are to be used for the edification of our neighbor and the glory of God will lead us into true stewardship, citizenship, and social health as we wait patiently for His return and establishment of His eternal Kingdom.

Required Materials:  
Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty! An American History, Brief Sixth Edition (New York: W.W. 
Norton & Company, 2020). 
* The price of this course includes access to the required etext. The etext will be 
provided to the student within one week of the student’s start date in the course.  
* Common household items, and access to research materials as well as word processing and presentation software, may be required for the completion of lab activities and/or other 
assignments. See course for details.