In the American Politics Academy, you’ll take an in-depth look at the three branches of government through a blend of lectures and debate 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. You’ll have opportunities to hear from key elected officials, Capitol Hill staff, lobbyists, and policymakers who will join class discussions on congressional campaigns, legislative priorities, and emerging national issues.
Price includes tuition, housing, and meals. Commuter Student tuition is $2,500.
How You'll Benefit
Hear from key elected officials and Capitol Hill staff, lobbyists, and policymakers
Participate in congressional simulations, putting your knowledge into practice
Explore contemporary political debates with expert faculty, enthusiastic mentors, and talented peers who share your interests
Receive a Certificate of Participation upon successful completion
Program Format & Subject Areas
As a student in the American Politics Academy, you'll spend your day immersed in a blend of lectures, activities, and group discussions. Throughout the week, you'll have the opportunity to explore the following subject areas:
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