AP US Government and Politics

Course Description:

In AP® US Government and Politics, students investigate key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students study the structure of the Constitution, its Judeo-Christian influences, and its implications for the functioning of government today. Students learn what the Bible says about government and how it has influenced key U.S. political values, documents, and movements across history. Other foundational documents, landmark Supreme Court cases, and opportunities for research and civic action are key elements in this rich, biblically integrated course that prepares students to be informed and active participants in U.S. society. Throughout the course, students are challenged to think about and participate in U.S. politics and government from a distinctly Christian perspective.

This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and prepare students for the AP® exam. Students must take the AP® Exam in order to receive AP® credit. 

Prerequisite(s):
Successful completion of United States History is strongly recommended.

Recommended Grade Level(s):
11 – 12

Approved by:

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA®)
  • University of California (UC)
  • College Board

Course Types Available:

  • 1/2 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.

Required Purchased Materials:

Book:

Benjamin Ginsberg, Theodore J. Lowi, Margaret Weir, Caroline J. Tolbert, and Robert J. 
Spitzer, We the People: An Introduction to American Politics, 11th essentials ed. (New 
York: W. W. Norton, 2017). 
* The price of this course includes access to the required etext listed above. The etext 
will be provided to the student within one week of the student’s start date in the course. 
See course for details. 
* Common household items, and access to research materials as well as word processing and presentation software, may be required for the completion of lab activities and/or other 
assignments. See course for details.