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...

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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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The George Washington University is full of internship and job opportunities. Studying at the center of politics, many students share valuable connections and memorable experiences. With embassies, museums, monuments, students can always find...

” – Washington, DC
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 is an academically competitive institution in the heart of New York, with a thorough and challenging core. That being said, there is a campus in the Bronx that allows for a traditional college atmosphere, and a campus at Lincoln Center in...

” – Emma from Harmony, PA
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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It's an exciting place. It's always something to do on campus and a lot of involvement opportunities. I would definitely recommend Mizzou!

” – Ashley 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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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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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
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

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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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the campus is small but beautiful, the classes and professors are (mostly) fantastic, and the food is healthful and largely sustainable. it may get old by the end of your first year, but compared to most other schools, the food here is gourmet-...

” – Carrie from Beaverton, 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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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...

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Salem State is great school that is constantly growing. It's in the wonderful city of Salem with a lot to do on and off campus. It has many great accademic programs that can help any of it's students find their future.

” – Michael from Swampscott, 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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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...

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An academically and spiritually strong school. The institution is staunchly conservative, but the students have diverse opinions. The faculty is kind and very generous with time and resources.

” – Emma from Lexington, KY

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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Because Juniata is a Liberal Arts school, students are exposed to many different subject areas than just their intended major. Classes are usually small and professors are always willing to help. You do have to apply yourself though, slacking won't...

” – Chastity from Reading, 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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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...

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Love the small atmosphere, makes me feel like I am more than just a number! Teachers have one on one time with students.

” – Kathleen from Maiden, 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...

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yes, I recently just finished my first semester there. I learned so much about becoming a teacher. I also learned a lot about my writing skills. I can not wait to learn more with all my history classes there!

” – Donna-Jo from Albion, 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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Misericordia is a great school to attend. It is small and pretty and has an amazing community of students. The classes are small and the teachers are always more than willing to help their students better themselves.

” – Mia
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

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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Arizona Christian University is a great college. The students are warm and welcoming, and the staff truly cares about your success academically and personally. It's a great place for fun and learning.

” – Kati from Surprise, 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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The class sizes are small and the professors are intelligent and easy to work with. There are plenty of opportunities for study sessions with a student instructor, and the professors are available outside of class for additional help. Instructors...

” – Victoria from Marion, NC

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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There are so many resources that are helpful in whatever course of study you are in. Learning is made easy when you put your time in your studies.

” – Tonia 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...

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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...

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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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The University of Akron is allowing me to enjoy my time as a college student here on campus while teaching me what I will need for the future. Additionally, Akron has offered me a variety of groups and organizations to become involved with, so that I...

” – Victoria from Olmsted Twp, 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

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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Though many people feel the college has a homey and family-like atmosphere, you will often find yourself stuck in cliques. It has the nickname EC High for that reason. Keep your studies #1 and make smart decisions and you'll love it and the location.

” – Kerri from Methuen, MA