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...

“…Georgetown is a pre-professional University with a very diverse student body. Georgetown has a strong international reputation and many students travel abroad, study abroad, or work abroad during their four years. Georgetown is unique because it has...” – Lauren from Washington, DC

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...

“…i very much love this school. the academics are amazing since the staff is so willing to help students with any problems or questions. the school offers many opportunities for students to go beyond their comfort zones to experience new things as they...” – Marcela from Northridge, 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...

“…George Washington is the only place I'd want to be. There's no other college in the world that is just a few steps from the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. GW is a large school, with a diverse student body who all come together for fun events...” – Meredith from Marlton, NJ

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...

“…The United States Military Academy at West Point is a great place to be if you like to have a structured and regimented way of life. You will be kept busy and will value the very little truly free time you get, but the friends you make here will last...” – Andrew from Columbus, GA

Western Michigan University

Established in 1903, Western Michigan University is a 4-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. Additionally, Western Michigan hosts the...

“…Everything about this university is amazing! Not only is transportation free to go around all the city, but it's affordable, great learning environment, friendly, interactive, and great dorms. The distances between the buildings are perfect and so...” – Patricia from Kalamazoo, MI

Suffolk University

Located a short walk from the Massachusetts State House and Boston Common, Suffolk University is a private research institution in Boston. Suffolk confers undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 100 fields of study. In addition to classroom...

“…It has everything I need when I wanted to apply. From it's amazing law background, to it's anthropology of law teacher (really cool dude), and theology, psychology, it has every major I want. Not to mention it's study abroad program and Madrid campus...” – Eric from Boston, MA

Lynn University

Lynn University is a 4-year private institution in Boca Raton, Florida. Lynn is home to six colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in 48 academic fields of study. For students who wish to learn while immersed in another culture, Lynn features...

“…A very good school, close to plenty of nice places to go. If you ever need to find food or anything for your dorm room, you can easily find plenty of stores that can accommodate you. If you ever need to get anywhere in Florida and don't have a car,...” – Michael from Pembroke Pines, FL

Park University

With campus overlooking the Missouri River, Park University is a 4-year private school in the Kansas City area. Park grants bachelor’s degrees in 48 academic majors and is also home to eight associate degree-granting programs. In addition, every...

“…Very helpful staff that works with you until finances, classes and boarding is accomplished to your liking. The campus setting is fabulous on a bluff over looking the Missouri River, downtown Kansas City with beautiful historic buildings. The...” – Kristina from Independence, MO

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...

“…UB is fun, sporadic, entertaining, and most importantly educational. UB is a great place to learn and grow through the various programs that are offered. There are specialization designed to meet specific needs of those looking to work in particular...” – Jonathan from Woodstock, MD

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...

“…Drury University is an outstanding education for a very reasonable price. Drury remains rated 11th Best Midwest Universities by U.S. News and World Report and was named one of the nation's 50 Best Value private colleges in 2010 by the Princeton...” – Gail from Sioux Falls, SD

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)...

“…Adams is a great little college full of great professors as well as plenty of help. Everything is within walking distance but also has plenty of parking. Plus there are plenty of activities to do during the school year including; bands, hypnotists,...” – Laurel from Alamosa, 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...

“…salem state is a growing school with facilities being updated every year. the course offerings are vast, although some are only offered at certain times of the year or certain times of day. the student body is very diverse and welcoming.” – Meghan from Beverly, MA

University of Central Missouri

Founded in 1871 as a teaching school, the University of Central Missouri is a 4-year public university with two campus locations. UCM confers bachelor’s degrees in over 150 academic programs. For students looking to spend part of their college tenure...

“…this is a great school to attend. there are small classroom sizes and teachers who really care. this is an awesome place to make friends for life.” – katie from Saint Louis, MO

Meredith College

Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a private women’s college with approximately 2,000 students attending, making it one of the largest women’s colleges in the nation. Meredith offers more than 80 majors, minors, and academic programs,...

“…Meredith College exceeded all of the expectations I had for a college during my application process. I did not apply anywhere else in my search for a location as my future education home, because I immediately felt the connection I had with the...” – Morgan from Gastonia, NC

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...

“…This university takes education seriously, but also manages to be very student-friendly. The small size allows for strong community bonds, and the location in the middle of the city is very convenient for all endeavors. The university sticks to its...” – Cathryn from Washington, DC

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...

“…A small town Christian university with a larger than life impact on the world. With the diverse choice in degree's and real world exposure in your chosen field, a job is easy to find after graduation. Not only that, but missions work is far...” – Laura from Plainview, TX

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...

“…Spiritual Experience that can not be seen by the internet.A soccer coach with the most experience and drive I haven't seen since I was young.An opportunity of a life time.” – Grant from Conyers, GA

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...

“…Evangel University has dedicated teachers who are willing to go the extra mile to help their students fulfill their goals and dreams. The school is surrounded by a positive atmosphere and has plenty of opportunities for campus involvement and...” – Brittany 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...

“…Lenoir-Rhyne is a very exciting place to be. It also has a very homey feeling to it.And its never boring here.” – S'Mia from Kernersville, NC

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...

“…I love it there. Everyone has been so helpful and want me to be successful. This is my second year and have so many friends. This school also have so many activities for the students. Can't wait for this year to start...” – Kristen from Rumford, ME

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,...

“…I would say OCU is a 9 out of 10 rating. The campus has wonderful communication so you won't get left behind if you miss a class, and you can always check what you need to do for class online. As much as the online classes prevent lateness and costly...” – Sarah from Chillicothe, 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...

“…This school is one of the best in Northeastern, PA. It has some of the best professors who are willing to help students in anyway possible so they succeed. Although it is a small school, this atmosphere allows everyone to know one another so they can...” – Deborah from Dallas, PA

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...

“…AMC is a small Catholic college in the middle of nowhere, north of Worcester. It is well-renowned for programs for music, sciences, and art. The teachers are knowledgeable and care about their students.” – Anonymous from MA

Arizona Christian University

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...

“…Arizona Christian University does a great job at building individual confidence. The ways the classes are set up allows for realistic practicing of with the career will ask of them. At ACU different personalities are accepted and used to establish a...” – Mariah from Phoenix, AZ

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...

“…Emory and Henry College is a great place to get an education. It is a small Liberal Arts College in rural Virginia. The faculty challenge students daily to become a better person, student, and productive worker in the career path they are choosing.” – Devan from Castlewood, VA

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...

“…OCCC is an amazing College and has some of the best Professors around. The entire college is dedicated to helping the students with anything that is needed. ” – Joyce from Norman, 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...

“…St. Philip's community college is a great school to attend your first two years of college. The staff and teachers really care about the students and will do everything they can to help you be successful. I'm so glad chose to attend St. Philip's...” – Janielle

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...

“…Christian based. Friendly. Connected.” – Erin from Oklahoma City, OK

University of Akron Main Campus

University of Akron is a public land-grant institution and research university located in Akron, OH. Akron is home to seven colleges conferring bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as a Student Recreaction and Wellness Center that features a...

“…The university of Akron is a great place to be with its friendly campus. There are alot of places to get help with any of your question. Everything you want and need is very close by.” – De'Angelo from Willoughby, OH

Oregon State University-Cascades Campus

Oregon State University-Cascades is a public university in Bend, Oregon. The 128-acre campus offers more than 30 degrees, minors, and options for its student body to utilize. OSU-Cascades prides itself on small class sizes, which average about 17...

“…Oregons best kept secret. A great education with great faculty in a great place to live. Education made easy in a place that you love.” – Sam from Bend, OR

Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College - Massachusetts is a private Roman Catholic institution. Originally a women’s college, it is now coeducational. EC is a part of the Colleges of Fenway consortium and operates two satellite locations in Quincy and Woburn as well as a...

“…Emmanuel has a small classroom setting within the large Boston community. As a science major, the lab work we get to do it incredible for the size of our school compared to others. The professors will go above and beyond to make sure we are...” – Kristina from Narragansett, RI