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. Students learn to investigate a problem or issue, analyze arguments, compare different perspectives, synthesize information from multiple sources, and work alone and in a group to communicate their ideas.
Participate in the AP Capstone Diploma Program
Schools may choose to offer AP Seminar as a standalone course. To offer AP Seminar or participate in the AP Capstone Diploma™ program, schools need to fill out a required online form, and teachers need to attend mandatory summer training. Visit the AP Capstone Diploma program page for more information.
AP Seminar Course and Exam Description
AP Seminar Course and Exam Description
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the assessment and the AP Program in general.
AP Seminar Course Overview
This resource provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
AP Capstone Diploma Program: An Overview
Only schools participating in the AP Capstone Diploma™ Program may offer AP Seminar or AP Research. Learn how the program works and how it benefits students and schools.
English 10: AP Seminar
Learn why schools across the country are using AP Seminar as their English 10 offering.
Guide for Hosting Student Presentations in AP Capstone Courses
AP Capstone presentations can be delivered in a remote or in-person setting.
Why Should You Take AP Seminar?
Learn more about how students benefit from taking AP Seminar.
Based on the Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTighe) model, this curriculum framework is intended to provide a clear and detailed description of the course requirements necessary for student success. This conceptualization will guide the development and organization of learning outcomes from general to specific, resulting in focused statements about content knowledge and skills needed for success in the course. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.
The AP Seminar curriculum is made up of five big ideas:
- Big Idea 1: Question and Explore
- Big Idea 2: Understand and Analyze
- Big Idea 3: Evaluate Multiple Perspectives
- Big Idea 4: Synthesize Ideas
- Big Idea 5: Team, Transform, and Transmit
The AP Seminar framework included in the course and exam description outlines distinct skills, called transferable skills and proficiencies, that students should practice throughout the year.
Analyze Sources and Evidence
Understand and Analyze Argument
Identifying the main idea in arguments, analyzing the reasoning, and evaluating the validity of the conclusions
Evaluate Sources and Evidence
Evaluating the credibility and relevance of sources and the evidence they present
Construct an Evidence-Based Argument
Developing a well-reasoned argument clearly connecting the thesis, claims, and evidence
Select and Use Evidence
Strategically choosing evidence to effectively support claims
Understand Context and Perspective
Understand and Analyze Context
Understanding the complexity of a problem or issue and connecting arguments to the broader context in which they are situated
Understand and Analyze Perspective
Comparing and interpreting multiple diverse perspectives on an issue to understand its complexity
Communicate (Interpersonal and Intrapersonal)
Choosing and employing effective written and oral communication techniques, considering audience, context, and purpose
Choosing and consistently applying an appropriate citation style and effective conventions of writing
Working constructively with others to accomplish a team goal or task
Articulating challenges, successes, and moments of insight that occur throughout the inquiry process
AP and Higher Education
Higher education professionals play a key role in developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Education section features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy Search.
Meet the AP Seminar Development Committee
The AP Program is unique in its reliance on Development Committees. These committees, made up of an equal number of college faculty and experienced secondary AP teachers from across the country, are essential to the preparation of AP course curricula and exams.