American Government and Politics (United States)

There's something about U.S. government and politics that interests many people - this may explain why majoring in American government and politics is so popular! Studying this topic gives you a deeper understanding of the American political process and how our republic functions. Typical courses for an American government and politics major include American political theory, U.S. political institutions and their behavior, constitutional law, judicial politics, and political research. You'll also study American government at the local, state, and federal levels. While much of your work will take place in the classroom, some schools give you the opportunity to mix things up by engaging in research or participating in an internship that gives you hands-on experience. A variety of career opportunities exist for those with a degree in American government and politics. Some graduates end up teaching history or civics, while others become reporters, public interest advocates, or elected officials. Others choose to advance their education with a master's or law degree so they can become judges, lawyers, or political scientists.

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Colleges

Georgetown University

Georgetown University, founded in 1789, is the oldest Catholic university in the US. Rated as having a “most selective” admissions process, this school ranks #20 in National Universities according to U.S. News & World Report. International Relations...

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There will be challenging classes, and there will be classes that are simply unlike any high school class. Depending on your prior knowledge, there will be some classes where the expectations seem unrealistic, but it is possible to excel. The...

” – HOYA SAXA
University of California-San Diego

Founded in 1960, the University of California of San Diego is a research institution located in La Jolla, CA. The 1,200 coastal woodland campus along the Pacific Ocean is home to six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, 5 graduate and...

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The campus is huge and nice.
The academic environment is strict, compared to the free campus environment.
The location is pretty great, as it is located in La Jolla, near a beach.

” – MiraMesa from San Diego, CA
George Washington University

George Washington University is a private university maintains three campuses, with the main campus located in Washington, D.C., just four blocks from the White House. George Washington University offers 75 undergraduate majors and 69% of students...

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George Washington University is a private, co-educational university primarily in the Foggy Bottom section of Northwest, Washington, DC. Its proximity to various important governmental and financial landmarks such as the White House, World Bank...

” – Patrick from Newark, NJ
Fordham University

At Fordham, the Jesuit University of New York, you’ll receive a rigorous education in one of the world’s greatest cities. Fordham students choose from three undergraduate colleges—Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and...

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With the benefits of the most culturally diverse and intellectually-stimulating city in the world at your fingertips, as well as a curriculum following the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person, Fordham University offers the best education...

” – Taylor from Girard, KS
United States Military Academy

The United States Military Academy is located in West Point, NY, with a "mission to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets for a career of professional excellence and sevice to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army." West Point...

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the best military and leadership education you can get...

” – Josiah from O'Fallon, IL
University of Missouri-Columbia

Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri is a 4-year public school in central Missouri and the first university established west of the Mississippi River. MU is home to 13 colleges and schools conferring degrees in 97 academic majors including the...

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Honestly, Mizzou is one of those schools where you definitely get in what you put in. If you want As, the teachers are going to make you work for them, and doing the bare minimum won't get you a C, it'll get you a D or an F, but Mizzou is NOT a...

” – Azia from Columbia, MO
Western Michigan University

Established in 1903, Western Michigan University is a four-year public university in Kalamazoo. WMU is home to eight colleges and schools as well as Lee Honors College—the oldest honors college in the nation. Unique to Western, WMU Signature...

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No matter how great the school is, you are going to get out what you put in. That being said, I feel like Western is preparing me so well for my future career. Every single one of my classes--though challenging me a lot at times--is beneficial to me...

” – Bridget from Saint Joseph, MI
Suffolk University

Located a short walk from the Massachusetts State House and Boston Common, Suffolk University is a private university in Boston. Suffolk confers undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 100 fields of study. For students interested in learning in a...

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One of Suffolk's best qualities are the small class sizes. This allows students to have personal relationships with their professors because they are so small. The academics at Suffolk can be challenging but are never completely overwhelming...

” – Brenna from Waterbury, CT
University of Baltimore

Originally founded as a night school for law and business students, the University of Baltimore is a public institution and part of the University System of Maryland. UB confers degrees in over 70 undergrad and graduate academic programs. In addition...

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UB Is focused on the individual

” – Gunnar from Baltimore, MD
University of Puget Sound

Founded in 1888, the University of Puget Sound is a 4-year liberal arts college in the Seattle metro area. UPS awards bachelor’s degrees in over 50 traditional and interdisciplinary fields of study and a number of programs feature experiential...

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In my Freshman year I learned the hard way that High School study habits don't make the cut here and I am better for it. UPS makes you work hard for what you want to achieve, but the professors also know how to make it interesting. I was worried that...

” – Jessica from Graham, WA
Drury University

Originally established in 1873 as Springfield College, Drury University is a liberal arts college based in southwest Missouri. DU is home to the Your Drury Fusion academic program combining professionally-oriented majors with concentrations in purely...

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Drury University is a small, private, liberal arts college in the heart of the Midwest. The area is beautiful and provides the perfect environment for a great education. The staff and faculty are very helpful and truly care about the education and...

” – Brianna from Springfield, MO
Adams State University

Adams State University is a 4-year, liberal arts institute in Alamosa, Colorado. ASU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of fields, and the university is also the center of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)...

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A good majority of the teachers here are highly qualified to teach the classes they are teaching. The teachers are more interested in helping the students and making sure that they fully learn the material, as opposed to just making the grade.

” – Brittney from Pagosa Springs, CO
Salem State University

Established in 1854, Salem State University is a 4-year public school in the greater Boston area. Salem State grants bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic programs with a focus on liberal arts and sciences. In addition to classroom facilities, Salem...

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All of my classes at Salem State teach me the basics of the subject, as well as things I will use in my every day life. This past semester in my Child Growth class, my professor gave us everyday examples of how we will use what we have learned. We...

” – Hayley from Methuen, MA
Meredith College

More than 130 years ago, Meredith College opened with just over 200 women. Today, our student population is more than 1,700, and we're ranked regionally and nationally among the best colleges.

Meredith is located in Raleigh, North Carolina's capital...

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Don't expect to escape homework just because you escaped high school. Meredith makes you work to learn, and it's worth it. The professors are nice and care about you. Sometimes, they're even more than a little bit crazy. What's great about...

” – Brittney from Wilson, NC
The Catholic University of America

The only university in the country originally founded by United States Catholic bishops, Catholic University of America is a Catholic research institution in Washington, DC. Catholic University is home to 12 schools granting bachelor’s degrees in...

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catholic university's academics are impressive, with brilliant professors and dedicated students. the students are great, smart people who love learning. the location in washington dc is great for many reasons.

” – CUA Rocks!
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Wayland Baptist University is a private institution located primarily in Plainview, Texas, with satellite campuses throughout the United States and Kenya. Wayland Baptist has nine academic schools, which offer many programs of study taught in a...

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Wayland Baptist University is a school where the students are not faces in a crowd. The professors make it their goal to see you walk that stage with a degree in your hand. I have never felt this cared for at a school, and I can not imagine a better...

” – Thomas from Lubbock, TX
Juniata College

Founded in 1876, Juniata College is a 4-year liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Instead of conventional majors, Juniata features Programs of Emphasis which challenge students to develop their own...

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Juniata College has a small town big community feel that is comfortable and relaxed. This college is relatively small, but provides large opportunities particularly through stellar academics and a strong push to travel and expand upon the curriculum...

” – Calli from Carlisle, PA
Belmont Abbey College

Belmont Abbey College is a private liberal arts institution based in Belmont, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the Order of Saint Benedict and the Roman Catholic Church. The college houses the Saint Joseph Adoration Chapel which is open 24 hours...

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Here at Belmont Abbey College the learning experience is quiet different then what I expected. Since, I attending public high school I was used to the teachers just being teachers. What I mean is that I never expected to be taught by an actual monk...

” – Stephanie from Huntersville, NC
Evangel University

Evangel University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Springfield, Missouri. Students attending Evangel are required to attend chapel three times weekly, with many special events scheduled throughout the academic year. Along...

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Evangel has over 100 fantastic degree programs, and anything that you take is definitely relevant to your life. When I first began at EU, I was frustrated at the fact that I had to take so many general education classes (Bible classes especially)...

” – Kathleen from Springfield, MO
Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University is a private liberal arts institution situated at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Hickory, North Carolina. It is associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Lenoir-Rhyne University offers an Engaged...

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Teachers will give you a large workload, but not to the extent that you cannot handle it. The teachers want you to learn and make themselves available should anyone need help. Students will be well rounded by the time they are finished with school.

” – A Transfer Student
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With a campus that runs alongside the scenic Kennebec River, Thomas College is a 4-year institution in central Maine specializing in business education. In addition to bachelor’s degree programs in Finance and Accounting, Thomas also offers two...

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Since it's a small college the professors can give you more one on one attention

” – Gabrielle from Skowhegan, ME
Ohio Christian University

Ohio Christian University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Circleville, with satellite facilities located throughout Ohio and in Morrow, Georgia. For residential undergraduates, OCU offers academic programs in Psychology...

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Teachers are great here. If you need help they will gladly meet with you after class or even an hour or two in their office. They don't want you to fail. There are also alot of study groups and a writing center for papers and essays

” – Steven from Jenera, OH
Misericordia University

Misericordia University is a liberal arts institution based in Dallas, Pennsylvania. Misericordia is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and has a “selective” admissions process. The school offers a Guaranteed Career Placement Program which...

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The Student/Faculty ratio is very good, if you like to have smaller classes. The Professors are always willing to help you inside as well as outside the classrooms or labs.

” – Alexandra from Prospect, CT
The New School's Eugene Lang College

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at the New School is a liberal arts institution in New York City. Lang confers undergraduate degrees in 20 academic majors and courses are held in a small seminar format utilizing primary source texts. Additionally...

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I absolutely adore the open-mindedness of the courses offered here, as well as the candor of the professors. All students have advisors that are ready and willing to meet and help students meet their academic goals. The dorms are awesome.

” – Meg from Stamford, CT
Anna Maria College

Anna Maria College is a private liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne. The school provides a community service-focused curriculum rooted in the Roman Catholic faith. Popular areas of study include music and art therapy, health...

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The student to teacher ratio is 15-1!

” – Bernice from Bridgeport, CT
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Arizona Christian University is a non-denominational Christian liberal arts college in Phoenix. Arizona Christian offers bachelor’s degrees in 15 academic majors and all degrees include a minor in Bible. Additionally, ACU features a CORE academic...

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Students attending the college will learn so much about the Bible. Each student is required to take at least 18 hours of Bible courses. The teachers at the college are also willing to be of assistance to the students outside the classroom, whether...

” – Matthew from Peoria, AZ
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Howard Payne University was founded in 1889 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The school has a main campus in Brownwood, TX, and maintains two academic institutes, The New Braunfels Center and El Paso Center. The college provides free...

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The teachers are really interested in their students and want to help!

” – Danielle from Bedford, TX
Emory & Henry College

Named for Methodist Bishop John Emory and Founding Father Patrick Henry, Emory & Henry College is a liberal arts college in the southwest Virginia Highlands. Emory & Henry offers bachelor’s degrees in 37 academic fields of study as well as an honors...

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Emory & Henry College (yes, it's an ampersand!) is a small liberal arts college nestled in Appalachia. With less than 1,000 students, there is a tight community feel that is difficult to find at other colleges. The college prides itself on its...

” – Lauren from Manassas, VA
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Oklahoma City Community College is the second largest 2-year community college in The Sooner State. OCCC, pronounced “O-triple-C,” features the Students Connecting with Mentors for Success (SCMS) program for students needing advice, as well as the...

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This school is absolutely amazing for an educational experience. I am attending an off-site campus and receiving my credit at Oklahoma City Community College. Since being here my knowledge level has changed dramatically, before I knew almost nothing...

” – Meryl from Moore, OK
St Philip's College

St. Philip's College is a public community college located in San Antonio, Texas, with an open admissions policy. SPC is an HBCU and an Hispanic-Serving Institution, the only college to be federally recognized as such. They offer associate’s degrees...

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its amazing what i am learning here

” – Edna from San Antonio, TX
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Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a liberal arts institution affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. SNU has a Christ-centered approach in its college environment and academics. Twicely-weekly mandatory is required for “initiating...

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Yes I'm learning much from academics and also living on your own. Coming from a city to a little suburb can be such a culture shock but in the end you will get adjusted and will make a ton of friends. You will learn a a lot and from other people and...

” – Sarai from Chicago, IL
University of Akron Main Campus

As one of Ohio’s most influential public urban research universities, the University of Akron is home to five colleges and three regional campuses in Orrville, Lakewood, Medina, Ohio. Akron offers highly ranked degree programs in engineering...

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Some of the classes here seem like simple repeats of high school courses crammed into a shorter amount of time. I feel that some of the classes, including the prerequisites, include curriculums with subjects I've already learned about. It would be...

” – Elisa from Chagrin Falls, OH
Oregon State University-Cascades Campus

Oregon State University–Cascades is a public university in Bend, Oregon. Students earn an OSU degree in a smaller setting. OSU-Cascades offers a variety of bachelor’s degrees including signature programs like energy systems engineering, software...

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I love getting an Oregon State University education in Bend! The small campus has a strong community, It feels like I am taking classes and living life in Bend. We aren't just stuck on a campus, our town is our campus!

” – Tessa from Bend, OR
Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College is a 4-year, private Catholic liberal arts and sciences college in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1919 as the first Catholic college in the city of Boston, Emmanuel has grown to be a strong institution...

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The professors really make an effort to make sure students understand the material. The small student-to-faculty ratio allows for better comprehension and focused learning.

” – Sarah from East Hartford, CT