If you are a high school sophomore/junior, you will probably face the decision of whether you should take AP U.S. History (APUSH) or not. Take it! Did you know passing it would satisfy the UC requirement to take “American History and Institutions” toward your B.A. degree from the University of California? UCs will allow your high school courses to satisfy this.
“This requirement is designed to increase your understanding of issues pertaining to race, culture and ethnicity in American history and society,” according to “Earning Your Degree, A Guide for Students in the College of Letters & Sciences,” from UC Berkeley 2010-2011 announcement. Note that each campus decides how its students may meet the requirement. Some UCs will accept your APUSH grade and/or AP test score as fulfillment.
“Many students fulfill this requirement before entering college by completing a one-year high school course in U.S. history or a half-year course in U.S. history and a half-year course in American government. This satisfies this requirement at all UC campuses except UC Santa Barbara, which requires students to complete a college-level course. At UCLA, students may complete the course(s) in high school, but must have earned a B average or better.
“Additionally, all students must fulfill the Entry-Level Writing (formerly Subject A) requirement for the UCs B.A. degree. Entry-Level Writing is an English proficiency requirement. If you have not fulfilled the Entry-Level Writing requirement, you should enroll in College Writing 1A. Note: Beginning fall 2010, new students will be required to complete the Reading and Composition requirement by the end of their sophomore year in college.” (“Earning your Degree…” announcement, UCB)
(I realize this is a Berkeley requirement, but I'm sure other UC campuses have similar guidelines.)
So 10th and 11th graders, who knew that the courses in AP U.S. History and AP English you take now will help you get your B.A. degree from UCs? Pretty cool, huh?