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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This really depends on the individual and what kind of learning you feel is most valuable. 
Academically speaking, obviously if you choose to slack off and focus on socializing, you might not do so hot even if your classes are awesome. For the most...

” – CZ from VA
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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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...

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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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Fordham doesn't seem to be the school that its students thought they were going to attend, but it is the school who's present students could never imagine going to school anywhere else. Fordham is often described by the mantra New York is my campus...

” – Vanessa from Valencia, CA
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 Education you can find, the Academics are rigorous and challenging. Leadership, Team Work and Character is KEY to success at the Academy. The BEST place to commission as an Officer in the Army.

” – Felix from San Juan, PR
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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Mizzou is a huge learning experience in every aspect. I've learned not only about my subjects but about good study habits, organizational habits and myself. The teachers are generally understanding but tough and if you take the time to talk to them...

” – Philip from Saint Louis, 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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The academics offered here at WMU are great. The school is not too big that it is hard to get individual help, but its big enough to teach you how to learn on your own and use the facilities the school provides as help. The student writing center and...

” – Tim from Kalamazoo, 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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Suffolk University is the perfect place for anyone looking to be immersed directly into the Boston community. The school community couldn't be better! The professors care about your success and there is always an event going on where you can meet...

” – Ariel from Hooksett, NH
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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The University of Baltimore (UB) is very diverse, intellectual and rewarding. On a scale of one through ten, UB is a outstanding ten. UB is a wonderful bridge in transforming students into better citizens of the United States.

” – Jasmine 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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I am learning a lot while here, and I enjoy my classes and my department. But, like any college, you will only get as much as you put in, so the harder you work the more you will learn. Sometimes how much you learn depends on the Professor, so ask...

” – Jane from Portland, OR
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 great school for general education. ASU has an amazing close knit community that I am proud of. The professors and other staff members are very approachable and make it easy to be here.

” – Sophmore from Denver, 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 the classes, especially the general education courses, are very informative and thorough. The staff here genuinely wants you to be prepared for the future.

” – Elizabeth from Charlton, 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...

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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...

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CUA offers a great deal of very challenging courses, especially on the Honors level (the Honors Program is fantastic, so apply for it if you can!) The teachers I have had at CUA are absolutely brilliant, and they enjoy sharing what they know with...

” – Becca

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
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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I love Belmont Abbey. The small class room environments and personal interactions with the faculty and staff makes you capable of doing anything. The one on one time and attention to your course work and path that works best with your schedule is...

” – Chatney from Hickory, 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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The professors at EU are incredible! They really have a grasp on what they're teaching. There's passion and if one is a dedicated learner, then he/she will fit right in. Actually...because there is such a great push towards learning, sometimes it...

” – Amber from Rochester, VT
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

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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ohio christian university has a wonderful christian atmosphere that encourages and lifts up each student. the professor's christian values help to make the education process easier to cope with and they work well with you if extra help is needed. the...

” – Monica from Circleville, 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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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
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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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 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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I feel safe on campus. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. It seems like a great experience from everyone I've spoke to about the school, including girls on the softball team!

” – Shae from Tucson, AZ

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 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...

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A great school, and one of the cheapest you will find. They have so many resources, anything you need I'm sure you will find it on campus. The instructors are very nice, and always willing to help. If you have any questions about anything, ask!! Even...

” – Marta from Oklahoma City, 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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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...

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I feel as though the professors here at SNU are very knowledgeable and very good at what they do. I've learned many things here even though it's my first year. I especially like that most of my learning has been outside of the classroom. Just with...

” – Kristi from Dodge City, KS
St. John's College-Santa Fe

St. John’s College is the third oldest college in the United States and famous for the distinctive Great Books curriculum. Students read over 200 of the greatest books ever written, discuss them in classes of 20 students or fewer, and, instead of...

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I'm ALWAYS learning... both the curriculum and the lifestyle of this campus are stimulating and dynamic. There is usually some sort of event going on; there are tons of options with intramurals, and there's a huge array of individuals. Classes always...

” – Isabel from Converse, TX
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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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 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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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...

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I am a Biology major and the coursework is definitely rigorous and tough. With the surrounding hospitals and new science center it keeps you focused on your ending goals.

” – Erin from Boston, MA
St. John's College-Annapolis

St. John’s College is the third oldest college in the United States and famous for the distinctive Great Books curriculum. Students read over 200 of the greatest books ever written, discuss them in classes of 20 students or fewer, and, instead of...

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At St. John's the program is fixed but the tutors add a specific flavor to each class. In your freshman year you take a course learning about languages which accompanies the learning of Ancient Greek. You also study Euclid's elements and Ptolemy's...

” – Naga from Knoxville, TN