AP® US Government and Politics (NCAA Approved)
- Grade 9+
- History and Social Science
Gain an analytical perspective on the U.S. government and politics that will prepare you to successfully take the official AP exam. Through synchronous virtual class meetings every other week and one-on-one virtual meetings you can schedule directly with your instructor, you’ll cover topics such as constitutional theories, political beliefs and behaviors, parties and interest groups, the mass media, Congress, and the federal court system. This challenging course also includes a big-picture view of the U.S. government’s policies, institutions, and foundations and how they relate to American civil rights and liberties.
Time Commitment: 5-8 hours per week (1-hour of class time every other week, 5-7 hours of independent work).
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Testing and Prerequisites
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Course PrerequisitesAP® US Government and Politics (NCAA Approved) requires:
Successful completion of high school U.S. History or equivalent
Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)
We have concluded our financial aid application review process for Academic Year 2023-2024 Online Programs (Courses with start dates July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024). Our application for Academic Year 2024-2025 Online Programs is expected to open in January. We encourage those who may need assistance in the future to apply for aid as early as possible.
Earning School Credit
AP - NCAA Approved
(Note: CTY does not administer AP exams. Please see the College Board site for information on AP exams.)
Recommended school credit: One academic yearLearn More
This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.
Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but some assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.
This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.
About History and Social Science at CTY
Our online History and Social Science courses include the study of economics, U.S. history and government, world history, and psychology. Reading and writing are at the heart of all our offerings. Courses for older students cover material typically found in introductory college-level classes, while younger scholars enjoy studying world history and geography. All courses are guided by expert instructors who connect with you through virtual class meetings and interactive review workshops. Whichever course you choose, you’ll gain important insights into the inner workings of government, world civilizations, global culture, and the human mind.
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