The AP World History course content is structured around the investigation of five course themes and 19 key concepts in six different chronological periods, from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. The Five Course Themes are:

  • Interaction Between Humans and the Environment
  • Development and Interaction of Cultures
  • State-Building, Expansion, and Conflict
  • Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
  • Development and Transformation of Social Structures
This chart shows the course breakdown.  The "weight" refers to the percentage of questions on the AP exam.

This chart shows the course breakdown.  The "weight" refers to the percentage of questions on the AP exam.

The links below will take you to pages devoted to the following topics.