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What history classes should I take in high school to impress colleges?

Hey everyone, I'm planning out my high school courses and wondering about history classes. Considering that I’m leaning towards a major in Political Science, what different history classes in high school would be most beneficial for my college application?

7 months ago

Hey! It's great to see you planning ahead for your academic goals. As you're interested in Political Science, you should definitely consider taking advanced history classes to show colleges your commitment to understanding the social sciences.

AP U.S. History and AP World History are solid choices as they cover a vast timeline and political developments. If your school offers AP Government and Politics or AP European History, these would also align well with your intended major.

Beyond AP courses, look for any specialized electives that might focus on political history or international relations. Be sure to balance your schedule so you have a strong overall academic record while still shining in your area of interest. Colleges appreciate seeing students who challenge themselves but also manage to maintain good grades.

However, remember it's not just about taking these classes; it's about excelling in them and showing genuine interest, so get involved with related extracurriculars like debate or Model United Nations if you can. Good luck!

7 months ago

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