US Government and Politics

Master Teacher: Miriam McElvain
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (34 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 11th grade level and up.
Tuition: $599 for HSLDA Members/$724 for non-members.

Description: In AP® US Government and Politics, students learn about the origins of the American political system, citizens’ rights and liberties, the three branches of government, parties and elections, policymaking, and how a biblical worldview shapes our understanding of governance and political life.

This course is a tribute to Dr. Frank Guliuzza (1957-2019), who designed the AP® US Government and Politics course and served as its first Master Teacher for 9 years. He was renowned for his integration of faith and politics, receiving his doctorate degree in Constitutional Law from University of Notre Dame while serving as a licensed minister. Dr. Guliuzza taught government and Constitutional law at Patrick Henry College and coached its Mock Trial and Moot Court teams. He unexpectedly passed away in February 2019.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates:  August 24, 2020 – April 30, 2021

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time

Instructors

Section 1: Closed–Section is Full Wednesdays, 2:30–4:00 p.m. Eastern

Ms. Miriam McElvain

Section 2: Closed–Section is Full Tuesdays, 4:00–5:30 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Sean Gilroy

Additional class times will be added as they become available for registration. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What topics will I learn about in US 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.

  • How much homework is in US Government and Politics?

    AP® US Government and Politics is a rigorous, college-level course. The College Board recommends this course and corresponding AP® exam for advanced 11th grade students and up.

    We estimate that the course workload will take 10+ hours per week.

    During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 90 minutes of live class instruction
    • Lecture video
    • ~20-40 pages textbook reading
    • 1-2 chapters of non-textbook reading
    • Weekly worksheet

    Throughout the year, students will also complete the following tasks:

    • 2 book reviews (5-6 page essay)
    • An applied civics project
    • Unit exam every 5 weeks (Year total: 6)
    • Final exam
  • What books will I use in US Government and Politics?

    The official booklist for AP® US Government and Politics Booklist is now available. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through the Christianbook.com bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through Christianbook.com, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Am I ready to take US 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 US government, US history, and civics. Please visit the College Board page about AP® US 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 US Government and Politics?

    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.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed US Government 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.  

  • What is the tuition for US Government and Politics?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $125 on yearlong AP® courses in addition to Early Registration discounts!