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.

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Program Dates

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

Eligibility

For students ages 13 and up

Fees

$1495

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 the 5 main solutions the framers embedded in the U.S. Constitution: how it was developed, how it was ratified, how it can be improved, how Federalism affects our lives 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 related to politics and government.

Topics covered in this course offer a solid foundation for those thinking about pursuing a future in political office, government agencies, lobbying groups, think tanks, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), 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.

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Three Learning Advantages Designed For You

Final Capstone Project

Assume the role of the U.S. President and make a decision about how to solve a global crisis. This will involve:

  • Writing a “Policy Paper” outlining your goals, recommended actions, and what success looks like.
  • Thinking through how you will modify your decision based on interactions with international organizations such as the Security Council.
  • Answering the question: will you use force, economic sanctions, or diplomacy?

Mentoring

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 project.

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online learning that works with your schedule.
  • 20 to 30 hours of total instruction and coursework, including engaging multimedia simulations and assignments through dynamic videos featuring Dr. Mark Rom of Georgetown University.
  • Interact with fellow students from around the world.

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Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1495

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All course options have the same educational content, learning materials, and number of assignments. We are offering a condensed version of the course in order to accommodate students’ individual schedules.

Course designed by Georgetown University Faculty

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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.

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.

Begin the process.

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Scholarships

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: