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Interdisciplinary Studies

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES DEPARTMENT
 

Note: An asterisk (*) following the course title indicates the course meets the 
entrance requirements for UC/CSU when passed with a grade of C or better. 
 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT SEMINAR *

Prerequisite: “B” or better in English 9 and minimum GPA of 3.0

Grade 10, 11       1 Year (first of two classes in two year sequence)

 

AP Seminar is an interdisciplinary course that has students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Students learn to synthesize information from varying sources, develop their own lines of reasoning in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Through a rich and rigorous curriculum, students will gain a rich appreciation and understanding of the issues through the following activities: reading articles and research studies; reading foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; viewing and listening to speeches, broadc­­­asts, and/or personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances.



ADVANCED PLACEMENT Research *

Prerequisite: “B” or better in AP Seminar and minimum GPA of 3.0

Grade 10, 11       1 Year (second of two classes in two year sequence)

 

AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address a research question. In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. Students explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in [the Process and Reflection Portfolio (PREP)].