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The Complete List of High School Classes


Are you wondering which classes to take in high school? Do you want to find out what courses may be offered for each subject?

We've compiled a complete list of high school classes for you to see all the possible course options high school students may have. We'll cover everything from science and math to electives and the humanities.


How to Use This List

This list was created by researching the classes offered at numerous high schools, both public and private, across the country. Classes are alphabetically organized by subject. While there is a separate section for AP classes at the bottom of the list, other varying levels of difficulty for the same class, such as "honors" or "introductory", were not included in order to make reading the list easier.

This list's purpose is to show you all the possible class options you may have as a high school student. You can use it as a starting point for doing a more in-depth study of your own school's course offerings.

Read through the list below, making note of any courses that you may want to take in the future, then look to see if your school offers them. To find out which classes your own high school offers, look through your school's course catalog, check the school website, or speak with your academic adviser.


What If Your School Doesn't Offer One of the Classes Listed Below?

It would be impossible for any single school to offer every course in this list; there are simply too many. Schools decide which classes to offer based on multiple factors, including student interest, school location, and teacher expertise.

If you are interested in one of the courses listed below but don't see it offered in your school's course catalog, first talk to your guidance counselor or the department head. Your school may, in fact, offer the course, but under a different name. If there is no comparable course and you are really interested in the subject, you may be able to do an independent study or take the course at a local community college for credit. Ask your guidance counselor for more information on pursuing this option.



Complete List of High School Classes



  • Accounting
  • Business law
  • Business management
  • Consumer education
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Introduction to business
  • Marketing
  • Personal finance


Computer Science/Information Technology

  • Animation
  • App development
  • Audio production
  • Computer programming
  • Computer repair
  • Film production
  • Graphic design
  • Media technology
  • Music production
  • Typing
  • Video game development
  • Web design
  • Web programming
  • Word processing





  • American literature
  • British literature
  • Contemporary literature
  • Creative writing
  • Communication skills
  • Debate
  • English language and composition
  • English literature and composition
  • Humanities
  • Journalism
  • Literary analysis
  • Modern literature
  • Poetry
  • Popular literature
  • Rhetoric
  • Technical writing
  • Works of Shakespeare
  • World literature
  • Written and oral communication


Family and Consumer Science

  • Chemistry of foods
  • CPR training
  • Culinary arts
  • Early childhood development
  • Early childhood education
  • Family studies
  • Fashion and retail merchandising
  • Fashion construction
  • Home economics
  • Interior design
  • Nutrition




Foreign Language

  • American Sign Language
  • Ancient Greek
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish




  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2
  • Calculus
  • Computer math
  • Consumer math
  • Fundamentals of math
  • Geometry
  • Integrated math
  • Math applications
  • Multivariable calculus
  • Practical math
  • Pre-algebra
  • Pre-calculus
  • Probability
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry


Performing Arts

  • Choir
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Guitar
  • Jazz band
  • Marching band
  • Music theory
  • Orchestra
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Theater technology
  • World music




Physical Education

  • Aerobics
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Health
  • Lifeguard training
  • Pilates
  • Racket sports
  • Specialized sports
  • Swimming
  • Weight training
  • Yoga



  • Agriculture
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Earth science
  • Electronics
  • Environmental science
  • Environmental studies
  • Forensic science
  • Geology
  • Marine biology
  • Oceanography
  • Physical science
  • Physics
  • Zoology




Social Studies

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Current events
  • European history
  • Geography
  • Global studies
  • Human geography
  • International relations
  • Law
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Modern world studies
  • Physical anthropology
  • Political studies
  • Psychology
  • Religious studies
  • Sociology
  • US government
  • US history
  • Women's studies
  • World history
  • World politics
  • World religions


Visual Arts

  • 3-D art
  • Art history
  • Ceramics
  • Digital media
  • Drawing
  • Film production
  • Jewelry design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture


Vocational Education

  • Auto body repair
  • Auto mechanics
  • Building construction
  • Computer-aided drafting
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal justice
  • Driver education
  • Electronics
  • FFA (Future Farmers of America)
  • Fire science
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps)
  • Metalworking
  • Networking
  • Plumbing
  • Production technology
  • Refrigeration fundamentals
  • Robotics
  • Woodworking




Advanced Placement Classes


AP Capstones

  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar



  • AP Art history
  • AP Music theory
  • AP Studio art: 2-D design
  • AP Studio art: 3-D design
  • AP Studio art: drawing




  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition


History & Social Science

  • AP Comparative government and politics
  • AP European history
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History
  • Math & Computer Science
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Statistics



  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based
  • AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based


World Languages and Cultures

  • AP Chinese Language and Culture
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP German Language and Culture
  • AP Italian Language and Culture
  • AP Japanese Language and Culture
  • AP Latin
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture


What's Next?

Now that you know all the possible high school classes out there, which ones should you take? Read our guide to get expert advice on the classes you should take in high school.

Wondering which classes you will need to take in order to graduate high school and get accepted into college? Check out our guide on the standard high school curriculum, as well as the classes college admissions officers are looking for.

Trying to decide whether to take the ACT or the SAT? Read our guide to figure out which test will get you a better score!



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Christine Sarikas
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Christine graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Environmental Biology and Geography and received her Master's from Duke University. In high school she scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and was named a National Merit Finalist. She has taught English and biology in several countries.

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