European history proves to be a smart choice for schedule selections

One of the lesser known AP electives in Westlake is AP European History. This course covers Europe’s history from 1350 to present day, with some overlaps on subjects covered in U.S. History and Art History. The course is taught by Cathy Cluck, who is also one of the AP U.S. History teachers. She has taught at Westlake for 16 years.

“European History helps put current events in a global context,” Cluck said. “It allows you to understand the history behind situations in the Middle East, situations in Africa, as well as current immigration debates having to do with Syrian refugees. It allows you to understand countries’ relationships that have been going on for hundreds of years.”

According to Cluck, the class is accessible to more than just history buffs: many math and science oriented students enjoy the class as well.

“European History introduces you to other cultures and how they came to be where they are now,” junior Priya Nair said. “Even though it’s not science and math oriented, you still get to learn about philosophers and scientists and see how far we’ve come due to their discoveries.”

European History teaches students about different cultures and how they relate to us, which can be useful later in life.

“When you’re in the real world and having to do business, people are from all over the world and it’s important to know about their cultures and where they come from,” junior Eileen Wang said.

The end of the school year is approaching quickly, so finalize those schedules Chaps.