About the Course

CTY's Preparation for AP® History and Geography: Western Hemisphere

  • Grades 6-9
  • CTY-Level
  • Session-Based

Master the basics of geography and the cartography of Europe, North America, and South America to connect natural earth features with historical human experiences in these regions—while Europe is geographically a part of the Eastern Hemisphere, it is covered in this course as a central part of transatlantic history in the Western Hemisphere.

Acting as historians, you and your classmates will investigate transformative world events, individuals, developments, and processes from the Neolithic era to the present. You’ll develop strong study habits, close-reading skills, and expertise in evidence-based writing in addition to learning how to contextualize information, make comparisons, and identify cause-and-effect relationships.

This course is designed to prepare you for Advanced Placement courses in history and the rigor of high school studies. Synchronous live sessions take place once a week.

Meeting times:
Wednesday – 7-8 a.m. ET
OR
Wednesday – 7-8 p.m. ET

Time Commitment: 5-6 hours per week (1 hour class time, 4-5 hours independent work).

Important Dates
Apply by August 30 to start:

Classes

Register for an Online course by selecting an open class below. If no open classes are listed, then course enrollment is currently closed. Note: You will need to have an active CTY Account to complete registration through MyCTY.

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12 weeks
$975

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level CTY-Level or CTY-Level
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Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)

Financial Aid is available

We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.

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Course Materials

Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu.
 

Book Title: World Civilizations, 8th edition*
Author: Adler, Philip J., and Randall L. Pouwels
ISBN: 1305959876

*Note: E-book is accessible inside the online classroom. No purchase is necessary unless you prefer a hard copy of the book for reference.

Technical Requirements

This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.

Terms & Conditions

Students may interact in online classrooms and meetings that include peers, instructors, and occasional special guests.

Courses may include videos from the web. Recommendations or links at the end of videos are provided by the video host and are not CTY recommendations. 

Virtual class meetings may be recorded for students to review.

After a you complete a course, your projects may be used to illustrate work for future students. 

About History and Social Science at CTY

Our online History and Social Science courses include the study of economics, U.S. history and government, world history, and psychology. Reading and writing are at the heart of all our offerings. Courses for older students cover material typically found in introductory college-level classes, while younger scholars enjoy studying world history and geography. All courses are guided by expert instructors who connect with you through virtual class meetings and interactive review workshops. Whichever course you choose, you’ll gain important insights into the inner workings of government, world civilizations, global culture, and the human mind.

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