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U.S. Government and Politics

Master Teacher:  Frank Guliuzza, PhD

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Frank Guliuzza, PhD

PhD, University of Notre Dame
MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
MA, University of Wyoming
BA, University of Wyoming

Dr. Guliuzza is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Patrick Henry College and a professor of Government. He is a well-known scholar in the field of government. An expert in constitutional law, he has published widely on the First Amendment (including his book Over the Wall: Protecting Religious Expression in the Public Square), the separation of church and state, and the role of Christians in political activism.

Dr. Guliuzza received the John S. Hinckley Award as the outstanding faculty member at Weber State University (2003). He was named Utah Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation (2003). He has been recognized four times by the American Political Science Association for “Outstanding Teaching in Political Science” (2000, 2003, 2004, and 2008).

Dr. Guliuzza previously served as President of the Pre-Law Advisors’ National Council and is on the executive boards of the American Mock Trial Association and the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (currently serving as ACMA President). A successful moot court and mock trial coach at Weber State and PHC, he is the co-coach of the four-time defending moot court champions and has led his teams into the top ten at the national mock trial tournaments, coaching scores of students who were either all-American or all-regional competitors. He has also taught at Wheaton College, the University of Minnesota, and Vassar College.

Beyond his academic accomplishments, Dr. Guliuzza has extensive practical political experience. He was vice-chairman of the Utah Republican Party and ran for election to the United States Senate, though he was defeated by Orrin Hatch. At PHC, he advises students who plan to attend law school. In addition to coaching moot court and mock trial, he teaches classes at all levels for the Government major.

Classroom Teacher:  Miriam McElvain

Miriam McElvainClassroom Teacher

Miriam McElvain

BA, Patrick Henry College 

Miriam McElvain graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2010 with a degree in Government focusing on political theory. She researched the political implications of family, religious, and education trends in the United States as an intern for Family Research Council, where she also edited articles on marriage and the family. She has been active on several campaigns, including co-leading a team of 80 volunteers during a Colorado Senate election. In 2010, she helped coordinate a grassroots campaign for a U.S. Representative primary candidate in southern Missouri. In 2013–14 she wrote a series of articles on the U.S. Constitution for the Douglas County Herald. She currently works as a litigation assistant at Home School Legal Defense Association.

Her academic interests include education, the family, the land, and former Soviet nations. She currently resides in Northern Virginia.

Duration: One-semester course offered in the spring (16 weeks)

AP® U.S. Government and Politics
Live Online Class Session Schedule, Spring 2016

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Thursdays, 7:00–8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Dr. Frank Guliuzza;
Ms. Miriam McElvain
ALL Sections Combined Class Sessions:
Tuesdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Most but not all weeks
Additional class times will be added as they become available for registration. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What topics will I learn about in U.S. Government and Politics?

    This course is designed to introduce students to government and politics in the United States and how to approach related issues from a biblical worldview. By the end of the course, students should be able to answer the following questions:

    • What are generally regarded as the theoretical origins of our American government?
    • How do the structure and logic of American government reflect biblical insights?
    • Can the United States accurately be considered a government “by the people”?
    • What rights and liberties do we have that transcend the will of the majority?
    • How does government engage in public policy, and what are the important areas of policy that claim the time and attention of the national government?
    • What are the basic institutions of government?

    The course seeks to answer these questions primarily through readings, lectures, and online class discussions.

  • Am I ready to take U.S. Government and Politics?

    This is a rigorous, college-level course. HSLDA Online Academy recommends that students complete at least one other course in a relevant subject before enrolling. Relevant subjects include U.S. government, U.S. history, and civics. Please visit the College Board page about AP® U.S. Government and Politics for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP® exam in this subject.

    Still have questions about whether you are ready for an AP® course? Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

    Please Note: In addition to meeting on a weekly basis with their classroom instructor, students from each class section will attend additional live class sessions. These sessions will occur roughly three times per month and will feature Dr. Frank Guliuzza, the course Master Teacher.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements with their instructors to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.