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2500 Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government and Politics

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Modern World History, Civics and Government and/or U.S. History; Honors World History, Honors Civics and Government and/or Honors U.S. History or teacher recommendation.

AP United States Government and Politics provides a college level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concept ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other primary and secondary texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behavior. They also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they complete a political science research or applied civics project. Students who successfully pass the Advance Placement examination may be awarded college credit in history upon entrance to most universities. This course may be taken in lieu of or in addition to Civics and Government.

This is a college level course and it has a required summer assignment