This one-semester course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. The course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that constitute U.S. politics. Students will become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. Regular practice opportunities allow students to gauge their understanding and preparedness before attempting graded quizzes and tests. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.