In the American Politics Academy, you’ll take an in-depth look at the three branches of government through a blend of classroom lectures and hands-on debate and simulation exercises. You’ll learn about the important role that political parties, public opinion, and special interest groups can have on shaping political behavior and decisions while exploring how America’s changing culture impacts political movements, and ultimately, federal, state, and local policies. In the classroom and on field trips, you’ll have opportunities to meet with key elected officials, Capitol Hill staff, lobbyists, and policymakers to discuss congressional campaigns, legislative priorities, and emerging national issues.
Interact with key elected officials and Capitol Hill staff, lobbyists, and policymakers
Participate in congressional simulations, putting your knowledge to practice
Visit the National Mall, Democratic National Committee, Republican National Committee, and Capitol Hill
Program Format & Subject Areas
As a student in the American Politics Academy, you'll spend your day immersed in a blend of classroom lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, and group discussions. Throughout the course of the week, you'll have the opportunity to explore the following subject areas:
Congress and the presidency
The impact of the judiciary
The parties in Congress
Tax and spend authority
This program gave me a new perspective on college that I never had up until this point. Georgetown is an amazing school in an amazing city, and this program showed me that.
The program offers so much–from the off-site visits to the daily lectures and the on campus activities. The lectures were interesting, meeting new people was great and the off-site visits were interactive and intriguing.
This is a course that I would definitely recommend as both Georgetown and the professors were very hands-on and provided a great pre-university experience.
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