AP U.S. History is an introductory college-level U.S. history course. Students cultivate their understanding of U.S. history from c. 1491 CE to the present through analyzing historical sources and learning to make connections and craft historical arguments as they explore concepts like American and national identity; work, exchange, and technology; geography and the environment; migration and settlement; politics and power; America in the world; American and regional culture; and social structures.
HCC Equivalent Course
HIST 1301-2 U.S. History I-II /Sem. Hr. 6
There are no prerequisites for AP U.S. History. Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.
Influenced by the Understanding by Design® (Wiggins and McTighe) model, this course framework provides a description of the course requirements necessary for student success.
The AP U.S. History framework is organized into nine commonly taught units of study that provide one possible sequence for the course. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.
Unit 1: Period 1: 1491–1607 4%–6% Unit 2: Period 2: 1607–1754 6%–8% Unit 3: Period 3: 1754–1800 10%–17% Unit 4: Period 4: 1800–1848 10%–17% Unit 5: Period 5: 1844–1877 10%–17% Unit 6: Period 6: 1865–1898 10%–17% Unit 7: Period 7: 1890–1945 10%–17% Unit 8: Period 8: 1945–1980 10%–17% Unit 9: Period 9: 1980–Present 4%–6%
Historical Thinking Skills
The AP U.S. History framework included in the course and exam description outlines distinct skills that students should practice throughout the year—skills that will help them learn to think and act like historians.
1. Developments and Processes Identify and explain historical developments and processes. 2. Sourcing and Situation Analyze sourcing and situation of primary and secondary sources. 3. Claims and Evidence in Sources Analyze arguments in primary and secondary sources. 4. Contextualization Analyze the contexts of historical events, developments, or processes. 5. Making Connections Using historical reasoning processes (comparison, causation, continuity and change), analyze patterns and connections between and among historical developments and processes. 6. Argumentation Develop an argument.
AP and Higher Education
Higher education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Education site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy Search.
Meet the Development Committee for AP U.S. History.