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American Politics Institute

In the American Politics Institute, 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.

Estimated Tuition:

$2,895

Includes tuition, housing, and meals

How You'll Benefit

  • 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 Institute, 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
  • Public opinion
  • Interest groups
  • Foreign policy
  • Tax and spend authority

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