Mount St. Mary Academy
Interdisciplinary Courses

AP SEMINAR
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADE 11-12

 

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives.  Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances.  Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives, both individually and as part of a team.  Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.  For weighted credit to be awarded, students must take the AP Exam in the spring and complete the course for the entire year.

*This course requires payment of an exam fee.

 

AP RESEARCH
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADE 12

PREREQUISITE:  AP Seminar

 

AP Research, the second course in the AP Capstone experience, allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, issue, or idea of individual interest.  Students design, plan, and implement a yearlong investigation to address a research question.  Through this inquiry, they further the skills they acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information.  Students reflect on their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the scholarly work through a process and reflection portfolio.  For weighted credit to be awarded, students must take the AP Exam in the spring and complete the course for the entire year.

*This course requires payment of an exam fee.