IB History gives you every opportunity to hone your historical skills. In particular, you have the opportunity to explore the arguments of leading historians, testing them against the evidence you have.

We hope that you appreciate the richness of History through studying it at IB. You are able to polish further the skills that you have already gained. You are encouraged to read, debate, and think independently.

Everyone who studies IB History takes a source-based paper on International Relations; you also take a paper on 20th century History, with a key focus on war. Your ability to see trends and developments over time and to draw parallels is really important.

By choosing History at Higher Level you also complete a paper on the History of the Americas, looking at independence movements, the American Civil War and civil rights in the Americas.