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Course Description

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations where they can 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. They synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision so they can craft and communicate evidence-based arguments. (CB 2016)

AP Seminar Topics


Performance Task 1
  • Should Instagram and Facebook be responsible for censoring political figures and commentators with 5,000+ followers?
  • Does IG negatively influence Gen Z’s mental health?
  • Will the US government withdrawing support for Israel relieve tension in the Middle East?
  • Will regulating the use of semi-automatic weapons federally in the US help reduce gun violence?
Performance Task 2
  • Should white people adopt black children?
  • Does ageism in Hollywood affect Generation Z?
  • Do black people experience negative psychological effects when dating white people?
  • Does undergoing plastic surgery improve a person's psychosocial conditions?
  • Are athletes more prone to developing eating disorders?
  • Does government propaganda unite or separate citizens?
  • Should young children (ages 8-12) use TikTok?
  • Would eliminating the Taliban liberate Afghan women?
  • Should immigrant youth be expected to assimilate into American society?
  • Do refugees experience greater challenges than immigrants when seeking a new life in America?


The SJND Miller Library's mission is to provide you with diverse resources to meet your information needs and curiosities; empower you to take initiative in furthering the depth and breadth of your education; teach you how to locate, access, evaluate, use, and properly cite information sources; and help you become a compassionate, discerning, and self-directed lifelong learner.