AP US Government

Study constitutional underpinnings, civil liberties and civil rights, political culture and socialization, citizen participation and influence, political institutions and policy making that are the foundation of modern U.S. government and politics.

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One Semester


Social Science

AP U.S. Government and Politics studies the operations and structure of the U.S. government and the behavior of the electorate and politicians. Students will gain the analytic perspective necessary to critically evaluate political data, hypotheses, concepts, opinions, and processes. Along the way, they’ll learn how to gather data about political behavior and develop their own
theoretical analysis of American politics. They’ll also build the skills they need to examine general propositions about government and politics, and to analyze the specific relationships between political, social, and economic institutions. The equivalent of an introductory college-level course, AP U.S. Government and Politics prepares students for the AP exam and for further study in
political science, law, education, business, and history.


  • The Lanahan Readings in the American Polity, 5th ed. Ann G. Serow and Everett C. Ladd, eds. (Lanahan Publishing, 2010).
    ISBN-10: 1930398166 / ISBN-13: 9781930398160
    Acceptable alternate: 4th ed. (2003).ISBN-10: 1930398093
    Acceptable alternate: 3rd ed. (2003). ISBN-10: 1930398034
  • American Government: Power and Purpose, 13th ed. Theodore J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth A. Shepsle, and Stephen Ansolabehere (W. W. Norton, 2013).
    ISBN-10: 0393124134 / ISBN-13:9780393124134
    Acceptable alternate: 12th ed. (2012).ISBN-10: 0393138194