Study How the U.S. Political System Works

The U.S. political system is a dynamic mix of ideology and functioning governance. It is a nearly 250-year work in progress. Shaped by political policy, laws, and government regulations, the U.S. system adapts to realities on the ground (the pandemic, for instance) and the choices made by political actors. What does the future hold? Will the government maintain democratic principles? How will it respond to topics like climate change, economic inequality, and racial justice? This course examines what Americans care about most and the questions that challenge our culture.

Program Dates

Choose the course length that works for you: 1-week intensives, 2-week sessions, and 4-week sessions


For students ages 13 and up



Are Politics and Government Compatible?

Learn the American Political System and How It Influences Government.

Study the basis of political rules, how political actors make choices, and the barriers to social justice.

Understand the U.S. Constitution and How It Came to Be.

Learn how the U.S. Constitution was developed and ratified. Discover how it can be improved and what it says about our civil rights and liberties.

Become Knowledgeable About Our Political Institutions.

Study the Congress, presidency, judiciary, and the bureaucracy—how they make and enforce decisions.

Explore Political Parties and How They Work.

Study the inner workings of political parties. Review how they run election campaigns and how lobbying and interest groups work.

Dig Into the Role of the Media and Its Impact on Political Controversy.

Get an in-depth look at how the media influences political controversies, how we identify misinformation, and why public opinion is so sharply divided.

Explore College Majors and Future Careers.

Topics covered in this course offer a foundation for those thinking about a future in politics, government agencies, lobbying groups, think tanks, or the media.

How You Will Benefit

  • Grasp the relationship between politics and the government.
  • Be able to describe the major institutions in American politics, their functions, and tasks.
  • Be knowledgeable about the major sources and forms of political behavior.
  • Understand the opportunities and barriers political actors face in getting a policy adopted.
  • Acquire a working knowledge of the process involved in getting a candidate elected.
  • Enjoy flexible learning: Online lessons are delivered by dynamic videos, so you can tune in whenever your schedule allows.
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Georgetown University.

Student taking Georgetown's politics course

Three Learning Advantages Designed For You

Final Capstone Project

This online course culminates in a Final Capstone Project where you will deliver a campaign speech outlining your vision for America’s political system as you accept the presidential nomination at your party’s national convention.


You’ll receive guidance from a Georgetown University mentor who will support you and answer questions throughout your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments.
  • Inspiration and motivation to help you succeed.
  • Brainstorming to help you prepare for your capstone project.
  • Feedback on your Final Capstone Project.

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online learning that works with your schedule.
  • Flexible format: you’ll learn through video lectures. Tune in anytime that works for you.
  • 20 to 30 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support from mentors.

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What Our Students Are Saying

Course Designed by Georgetown University Faculty

Dr. Mark Rom | Politics Instructor | Georgetown University

Dr. Mark Rom, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy at the McCourt School of Public Policy and Department of Government

Dr. Rom is recognized for his research on assessing student participation and improving data visualization. He has explored issues within the realm of political science through symposia on academic conferences, ideology in the classroom, and within the discipline.

Meet Your Mentors

Gabrielle | Georgetown Politics and Government Course Mentor


Georgetown University student working toward a Ph.D. in American Government. Served as a TA for U.S. Politics and Polling and Survey Methodology courses at Georgetown. Gabrielle's research is primarily focused on environmental politics, with a secondary focus on research related to political science pedagogy and democracy in the U.S.

Adam | Georgetown Politics and Government Course Mentor


Georgetown University student working toward an M.A. in American Government. Currently serves as an education policy fellow at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. Previously worked for a D.C. higher education nonprofit, a local public relations firm, and served as a legislative intern at the New York State Assembly.

Kuenhee | Georgetown Politics and Government Course Mentor


Undergraduate student at Georgetown University student majoring in Government. Previously worked and volunteered at local and national political election campaigns, and for a Tel-Aviv-based international relations non-profit. Currently works at the Georgetown Center for Social Justice, coordinating English tutoring programs with D.C. Public Schools.

Zarriea | Georgetown Politics and Government Course Mentor


Undergraduate student majoring in Finance with a minor in Politics and International Affairs. Completed internships at Bank of America, AT&T, and South State Bank. Aspires to become the Chief Financial Officer of a Fortune 500 company.

How to Apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application asks you to provide the following:

  • Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  • Why you wish to take this course, and a bit of your story, through writing, video, photos—any media you prefer.

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes to answer the questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential and an inability to pay full tuition. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you:

The University reserves the right to modify the course as may become necessary.