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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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...

“…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...

“…Teachers can be great, but you must go to class to actually learn. I never thought I'd be skipping classes, but it happens and I learned the hard way that this is NOT smart. Discussions with TAs can be incredibly helpful as well. I had a math class...” – Current Student from San Diego Area

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...

“…This is my first semester and I'm taking six classes and I've definitely learned a lot. First thing I learned is not to take six classes, especially not your first semester. It's a big load, but I'm handling it well and I love my classes. I'm in...” – Arianna from Brookline, MA

Fordham University

Founded in 1841 by the Catholic Diocese of New York, Fordham University is a Jesuit institution in New York City and the oldest Catholic university in the northeast. With three campus locations throughout the city, Fordham is home to four...

“…Fordham truly has some amazing professors and courses. Naturally, you'll also run into some not so awesome ones as well, but my positive experiences have far outweighed the negative experiences. I have found that the overwhelming majority of...” – Lauren from Phoenix, AZ

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 best military and leadership education you can get...” – Josiah from O'Fallon, IL

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...

“…a great education at a lower rate than other local colleges. beautiful and easy to navigate campus. a top 100 nationally ranked school. ” – paige

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. For students interested in...

“…The professors are really great. They tell personal experiences that you can learn from and relate to and are always available for extra help or a question. They really help you learn and care about your success.” – Ashley from Everett, 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...

“…Lynn University is by far the most diverse college campus I have ever been to. There are people ranging from Boston, Massachusetts all the way to Pakistan. I rate Lynn University a ten out of ten, here you are not a number you are a student that is...” – Erik from Billerica, MA

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 focused on the individual” – Gunnar from Baltimore, 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 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)...

“…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...

“…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

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,...

“…At Meredith College all of your professors will know your name and how well you are doing in their class. They continually strive to challenge and introduce students to new topics and conflicts that our generation faces and provide students with the...” – Niki from Wake Forest, 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...

“…The Catholic University of America is in a vibrant international metropolis that offers everything. It is a warm and inviting environment that cares deeply about the intellectual, emotional, spiritual,and physical well-being of each student. The...” – William from East Windsor, NJ

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...

“…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

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...

“…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...

“…There are more than 100 graduate programs and with an average class size of 25 (many of my classes are smaller) you are able to have a lot of interaction with the professors.” – Ashley from Kirkland, WA

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...

“…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

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...

“…Since it's a small college the professors can give you more one on one attention ” – Gabrielle from Skowhegan, 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,...

“…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...

“…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

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...

“…The student to teacher ratio is 15-1!” – Bernice from Bridgeport, CT

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...

“…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

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 & 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

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...

“…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...

“…its amazing what i am learning here” – Edna from San Antonio, TX

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...

“…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

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 classes are generally small and the professors are fantastic. After you finish your electives, all the major-specific class are enticing and exciting. I'm glad I chose Akron over a smaller school. There are tons of opprotuniteis here for...” – Abby from Bellville, OH

Oregon State University-Cascades

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...

“…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 (MA)

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...

“…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