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AP African American Studies?

So, my school doesn't offer an AP African American Studies course, but I'm really interested in taking it. Does anyone know if it's possible to self-study and take the AP exam for it? What are the best resources to use and how many units should I prepare for? Appreciate the advice!

7 months ago

It's great that you're enthusiastic about AP African American Studies and want to self-study for it. However, there unfortunately aren't a ton of self-study resources out there yet, as this course is only being offered for the first time in the 2024-2025 academic year. However, you can read more about its launch on the AP website: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-african-american-studies/adopt.

Keep in mind that you can also study this subject matter on your own and find ways to pursue your interest, even without the framework of studying for a particular AP exam. Here are some options to consider:

1. Research African American history and literature and create your own reading list. Start with classic works by authors such as Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, and Zora Neale Hurston. For historical context, you can explore texts about the Civil Rights Movement, influential figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, and significant periods such as Reconstruction and the Harlem Renaissance.

2. Look into online courses from reputable sources like Coursera, edX, or Khan Academy. These platforms offer various courses specializing in African American history and related subjects, giving you an opportunity to learn from expert educators.

3. Join or start a club at your high school dedicated to exploring African American culture, history, and literature. This will provide a space for group discussions, guest speakers, and collaborative learning, while also showing colleges your initiative and passion for the subject.

4. Engage with your local community by participating in events, attending lectures, or volunteering with organizations focused on African American culture and history. Such experiences will enrich your understanding and give you hands-on exposure to the subject matter.

Good luck with pursuing your passion for African American studies!

7 months ago

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