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How realistic/disastrous would this course load be of 5 AP classes?

mhwilsmhwils 1 replies1 threads New Member
I genuinely want to take all five of these classes, but next year will be my senior year so I can not wait to do them later. How feasible would this be? Any opinions would be appreciated.
AP Psychology
AP Literature
AP Government
AP French
AP European History
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  • aquaptaquapt 2308 replies48 threads Senior Member
    Taking Gov and Euro at the same time (but no math or science) is a bit unusual. Are you sure you don't need any more STEM classes?

    In terms of workload, I don't think this is a big deal if you're accustomed to this level of rigor. AP Psych and AP French shouldn't have too heavy a workload. Lit and Gov shouldn't be any harder than Lang and APUSH, if you're doing that this year. Euro is probably the toughest of the five. Should be manageable, overall, if you love social studies enough to double up.

    Overall, my concerns would be more about what you're *not* taking than about handling this combination of classes.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 9239 replies93 threads Senior Member
    Where are your math and science classes or are you taking but these are just your AP courses?

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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 30029 replies59 threads Senior Member
    There are AP courses that enhance your transcript and there are those that are often called AP Lite that do not. Your English and French are courses that catch the eyes of the AOs in selective schools and programs. The Psych,Gov and History are not.

    As mentioned, where are the AP sciences and Calcs? Those are what bring in the points even if you are not a STEM NAJOR
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 2078 replies33 threads Senior Member
    What is the rest of your schedule, and what type of college/major are you thinking about, if any?
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 6187 replies1 threads Senior Member
    AP Euro and AP Literature are both likely to involve a huge amount of reading. How good are you at quickly reading a truly enormous amount with very high retention of facts?

    I have referred to AP Euro (which one daughter took) as the hardest A- that I have ever seen in my life (this is including my A- in graduate school). She tells me that Organic Chemistry in university was harder, but that is not saying much.

    I would expect that how difficult AP French is would depend on how strong your French is. If you could comfortably live a month of your life entirely 100% in French then it probably would not be too bad.
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  • h8annahh8annah 405 replies28 threads Member
    These are all humanities, which means you can expect a lot of writing and reading. That may be very time-consuming--too time consuming to maintain your other classes (you should have a science and a math).

    In my opinion, I would keep AP Lit and AP French because they show rigor. I would probably pick between AP Psych, AP Gov, and AP Euro. I would probably recommend only taking one, but 2 of the classes could be manageable. 3 is overkill.
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  • mhwilsmhwils 1 replies1 threads New Member
    As for math and science, they are by far not my strong suits or interests. I do know that I will need them for colleges even if I'm not in STEM though, so I have gone up to algebra 2 and I will be taking an easier math class next year to fulfill graduation requirements. In college I'm thinking about a design or psychology major, so I'm thinking some of these classes would correspond. Also, I am just genuinely interested in the subjects of these classes. This year I'm taking AP Lang and APUSH. Right now I'm thinking about dropping AP Euro but I would like to take it haha
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  • aquaptaquapt 2308 replies48 threads Senior Member
    Does your school offer AP Stats? If you major in a social science, you will need at lesat one statistics class as well as research design classes that utilize stats. This would balance out your courseload more than Euro would. Just something to consider.

    What have you taken science wise? Depending on what kind of design you're interested in, Enviro Science could be good background.

    If you've really "paid your dues" already on the STEM side, then fine - just look at some college programs that you're interested in and make sure you've taken as much math and science as they recommend, before committing to an all humanities/social-sciences schedule.

    Also, have you taken art classes? Some design programs will want a portfolio, or at least demonstrated interest in visual arts.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 81216 replies729 threads Senior Member
    edited January 29
    mhwils wrote: »
    As for math and science, they are by far not my strong suits or interests. I do know that I will need them for colleges even if I'm not in STEM though, so I have gone up to algebra 2 and I will be taking an easier math class next year to fulfill graduation requirements. In college I'm thinking about a design or psychology major, so I'm thinking some of these classes would correspond.

    For a psychology (or other social science) major, you will likely need a statistics course; at some colleges, you may need calculus as well. If any college you are interested in requires calculus (or calculus-based statistics) for any major you may consider, or for general education, it is best to continue to precalculus so that you will be ready for calculus. You may also want to add AP statistics as an elective, whether or not you take precalculus.
    edited January 29
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