Should I Take: AP Comparative Government and Politics and/or AP European History?


The Louvre. (Photo: Rafael Miranda)


Paul Mitalipov

AP European History is a two-semester class which studies the history of Europe from the middle ages to today. This class, which is currently being taught by Mrs. Etchart, goes over the political, economic and social trends that have driven the course of history on the European continent. The material gives students the tools to understand the conflicts and issues that trouble the world today. Taking the national exam in May allows students to earn up to eight college credits.


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The Eiffel Tower. (Photo: Drew Coffman)


Q: Why’d you take AP Euro?

Cooper Lee: I took AP Euro because there are a lot of benefits [associated] with it. First, you get eight [college credits], which are a definite boost, and second, taking any history class really increases your understanding of the world around you, which is a big benefit.

Q: What kind of student should take this class?

Lee: I think any student who’s looking for a challenge, who’s interested in history should take the class. Also, if you’re going to take [AP U.S. History] next year, it’ll really help you with that.

Q: What’s hard about this class?

Lee: Definitely the amount of dedication that you have to had because you have to take a lot of reading notes. It’s been cut down a lot in previous years, but it still requires a lot of time outside of school.

Q: What do you like about the class?

Lee: I really enjoy seeing how things fold out in wars, and how crazy everything it, like, there have been so many revolutions over the years, [changing society dramatically], and it’s really interesting to see how those all played out.



A knight in rather dirty armor. (Photo: Henry Hustava)


AP Comparative Government & Politics is a two-semester class currently taught by Mr. Ehlert which compares the complex governments of six different countries. The six countries in the curriculum are Mexico, the UK, Russia, China, Nigeria, and Iran. The course gives students the knowledge necessary to understand and contrast different political ideologies and institutions. Taking the national exam in May gives students the opportunity to earn up to four college credits.


Q: Why’d you take AP Comparative Government?

James Wolfe: Well, I chose it because of the teacher [Benjamin Ehlert]. I think Ehlert is such a great guy. Love him.



Big Ben and the Parliament building. (Photo: Jamie Street)


Q: What kind of student do you think should take this class?

Wolfe: A student who doesn’t want to put quite as much effort into their AP class, because AP Euro, in my opinion, is definitely harder than AP Comparative, but they’re both fun, good classes, so I encourage anybody to take them.


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Chinese streets. (Photo: Redd Angelo)


Q: What’s hard about this class?

Wolfe: Definitely Ehlert’s FRQs [Free-Response Questions]. They’re tough, man, he really holds nothing back.

Q: What do you like about the class?

Wolfe: Mr. Ehlert, the man himself. Great guy.


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