AP US History 1 credit: AP US History is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of a freshman college course and can earn students college credit. It is a two-semester survey of American history for the age of exploration and discovery to the present. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. World History and government are recommended as pre-requisite courses but not required. Students are required to take the AP exam. Up to 6 hours of college credit available based on AP Test performance.