Advanced (AP) Art History, updated for current AP curriculum requirements (see table of contents posted below), is a finishing course for many high school students, bringing together math, science, social studies, English and foreign language that spans the school curriculum. The course encourages students to observe objects closely, not only for their aesthetic beauty, but also for what the object reveals about the society, time and culture that produced it. To this end, the student brings with him or her all their travel experiences, cultural background, and knowledge of literature and history to bear on each pertinent object. This synthesis is one of the strengths of teaching a course like this: everyone in the class has something personal to contribute, to explain, to interpret. Students are taught that art analysis is the key to understanding the function works of art play in society.