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Question about next year course load

JTC007JTC007 Registered User Posts: 1,539 Senior Member
edited November 2005 in Princeton University
Is it okay if I only take 3 years of history/social science?

This year, I wanted to take AP Chem but due to a scheduling issue had to take AP Bio. So, there are two science courses I still want to take--AP Chem and Honors Physics (no AP at my school), especially because I will most likely major in science. So, my schedule would most likely look somewhat like this, if it all works out:

AP Chem
Physics H
AP English Lit
AP Calc
AP French
Band H
Critical Writing H (a required course that I couldn't take this year due to scheduling)

There is a possibility I could fulfill the writing requirement this year by splitting my AP Lang + Comp credit in two and taking a half year lit course (school requires 4 English lit credits and 0.5 writing credits for graduation). If I can do that, I will take either AP Econ of Psychology H, both of which I am very interested in and would love to take.

However, if I can't get out of that course, should I go with 2 science and no history or one of each? And if so, as a possible Chem E major, which one should I go for (I already took Chem H if that helps).

I went to a Pton information session and in the booklet that they handed out it said that they recommend 2 Social Studies classes. I thought that they recommended 2 Social Studies and 2 History, so either they changed their requirements or it was a typo/miscommunication.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
Post edited by JTC007 on

Replies to: Question about next year course load

  • JTC007JTC007 Registered User Posts: 1,539 Senior Member
    I know my question is long and not very interesting but I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me how many history/social studies courses are recommended and if 3 would cut it. Thanks.
  • ICargirlICargirl Registered User Posts: 565 Member
    I think it is fine, especially if you have taken at least one AP history in those three years. Both our high school valedictorian and salutatorian chose to double up in AP sciences rather than taking AP Euro sr. year; one is at Harvard, the other is at Brown.
  • imitasianimitasian Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    there never are requirements--only recommendations

    They recommend two years of social studies, but if you're going to be better off with the science classes, take the science classes. I had a similar issue with too many math/science classes because there are hardly any "good" social studies classes at my school. The information session lady around my place said that Princeton wouldn't hold it against you as long as you took the most challenging classes you'd like to take.
  • JTC007JTC007 Registered User Posts: 1,539 Senior Member
    Ok that's good...thanks for the responses. I will actually have taken 2 AP History classes (took US, taking Euro now), and I'm glad that that recommendation is to get you to take challenging classes, not so much to have a perfect distribution of them.
  • College_Here_I_Come!College_Here_I_Come! Registered User Posts: 1,030 Senior Member
    psssh! by the time I graduate HS, here is how my credit distribution will look like:

    Science: 12 credits
    Math: 7 credits
    English: 5 credits
    Social Studies: 3 credits
    Foreign Lang: 4 credits

    Kinda lopsided towards math and science huh?
  • imitasianimitasian Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    mine is gross as well:
    (assuming 1 credit=1 semester)

    Science: 10 credits
    Math: 14 credits!!! (my school requires 4 for graduation)
    English: 9 credits
    Social Studies: 7 credits
    Foreign Lang: 9 credits

    The math credits stick out...and I don't like math...
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