AP Courses for Majors and Careers
Thinking about which AP® courses to take next school year? Consider what major you want to pursue in college and what potential career you’d like to have. Not sure about what potential majors or careers are right for you? Connect AP to majors and careers on our website or start here.
Based on potential majors and careers, here are great AP courses to consider.
Consider the environment you are in right now. Unless you’re outdoors, an architect has likely designed this building or structure. Architects prepare plans that show a structure’s appearance and provide instructions on how it should be built. Courses like AP Calculus AB and BC, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP 3-D Art and Design, and AP Art History can help you explore topics that architects may need in their line of work.
Imagine a world without art—no paintings, no sketches, no statues in the parks. A world without art would be pretty empty, dull, and cold. As an artist, you can express yourself through your work across various mediums, including digital graphic design, photography, and advertising. Continue your passion for art by exploring relevant topics in courses such as AP Art and Design, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Art History, and AP Psychology.
The field of engineering has many facets, but all engineers use science and math to solve problems. Engineers are involved in planning, designing, and building solutions to solve specific needs. In AP courses like AP Calculus AB and BC, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Physics C: Mechanics, and AP Environmental Science, you’ll be exposed to subject matter that is used in engineering-related careers.
Financial analysts help businesses and other organizations come up with investment strategies to meet their financial goals. As an analyst, your main responsibility will be spotting market trends and keeping tabs on up-and-coming companies. You’ll also make predictions about the economic health of various industries. Why? So you can help businesses make good investment decisions. Explore related concepts in courses such as AP Statistics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Macroeconomics, and AP U.S. Government and Politics.
If you’re considering becoming a lawyer, there are a number of different areas of law that you could practice. Some common law practices include banking and finance, corporate, criminal, employment, family, media, and real estate. Explore concepts related to this career in courses like AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP U.S. History, and AP Human Geography.
Real estate brokers are certified professionals who oversee brokerage firms or work independently. Often brokers are involved in many of the same activities as real estate agents, such as working with clients to search for, or list, properties and negotiating transactions. Courses like AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, AP Seminar, and AP Human Geography present topics that may be helpful to those who are interested in this career.
If you want to become a teacher, it's probably because of your experiences in the classroom. Maybe you find inspiration in great teachers or simply your own love of learning. With a career in teaching, you'll be able to share that love and pass along the skills and knowledge kids need to get a start in life. In courses such as AP Psychology, AP English Language and Composition, AP Seminar, and AP Research, you’ll explore topics and develop skills that are essential in the teaching profession.
Web designers combine art skills with business savvy to create the structure and “look and feel” of websites that are both eye-pleasing and user-friendly. Courses such as AP Computer Science Principles, AP Psychology, AP 2-D Art and Design, and AP Computer Science A will help you explore concepts related to this field.
Talk to your counselor about how you can enroll in courses for the upcoming school year. This conversation starter will help you discuss AP courses with your counselor.