AP U.S. Government and Politics

This AP U.S. Government and Politics course is a single-semester course and follows the framework of the College Board Advanced Placement course and exam description. The framework focuses on key concepts and essential knowledge about the foundations of American democracy, civil liberties and civil rights, interactions among branches of government, American political participation, ideologies, and beliefs. By following the AP curriculum framework closely, this course will give an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States: students will study U.S. foundational documents and Supreme Court cases to examine core principles, theories, and processes. The learning activities challenge students to use reasoning and analytical skills to explore political concepts, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. This course also incorporates AP Classroom (an online platform hosted by the College Board) and requires students to access the site to review content and complete practice activities. Additionally, this course is designed to help students prepare for the AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam hosted by the College Board. Course does not include the AP Exam; students can contact their school’s AP Coordinator or the College Board to sign up to take the Exam. There are required due dates in AP courses. The pacing of due dates in AP courses aligns to the completion of all lessons and required assignments and assessments prior to the national AP exam date related to this course title. This course requires purchase of a textbook.

Terms Offered

(23-24) Semester 1
(23-24) Semester 2
(24-25) Semester 1
(24-25) Semester 2

NCAA Approved?


Course Type

Advanced Placement


College Board: AP Course Topics and Objectives