AP US Government and Politics


Course Description:
“Lights, Camera, Action…” Prepare to study the intricacies of the American Political Culture in light of the pervasive presence of the Gospel. The script is written and the actors participate daily in the drama of American politics. Students will be “on location” to delve into primary source documents. They will go behind the scenes with stars such as the President, Congress people, and Supreme Court Justices. They will research the roles of the media, political parties, interest groups, states, candidates, bureaucracy, and the public in the governmental process. Finally, they will witness the large- scale production of policy building in the areas of economic/social policy, foreign policy and public administration. While our nation’s governmental forms may not be explicitly described in the Bible, there are many principles and themes throughout scripture which provide Christians with direction on how to interact and respond to government.

Approved by:
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and University of California (UC)

Recommended Prerequisites:
Successful completion of United States History is strongly recommended. Students will be exposed to a college-level learning experience.

Grade Level:
11th – 12th Grade recommended

Course Types Available:
Full course (0.5 credit, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:
The times and affairs of man are in the hands of the eternal and transcendent God. Human behavior and decisions often reveal our desire to grasp authority, coerce, manipulate, or intimidate others created in God’s image. Rather than being the master of our own fate, humans are created in the image of God and responsible to Him. Therefore, we should seek unity, justice, and reconciliation as we are guided by the principles of God’s Word. Our interactions with one another and with God can be patterned upon the historical person of Jesus Christ and sanctified as we relate to Him and seek His grace in our lives and times. Recognizing that our possessions and talents are to be used for the edification of our neighbor and the glory of God will lead us into true stewardship, citizenship, and social health as we wait patiently for His return and establishment of His eternal Kingdom.

To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles.”

Required Purchased Materials:
The price of this course includes custom course materials. Custom course materials will be provided to the student within two weeks (or sooner) of the student’s start date in the course. More details can be found in the course information materials section of the course.