AP United States Government and Politics

AP U.S. Government and Politics is an introductory college-level course in U.S. government and politics. Students cultivate their understanding of U.S. government and politics through analysis of data and text-based sources as they explore topics like constitutionalism, liberty and order, civic participation in a representative democracy, competing policy-making interests, and methods of political analysis.

The AP U.S. Government and Politics framework is organized into five commonly taught units:

Unit 1: Foundations of American Democracy 15%–22%

Unit 2: Interactions Among Branches of Government 25%–36%

Unit 3: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights 13%–18%

Unit 4: American Political Ideologies and Beliefs 10%–15%

Unit 5: Political Participation 20%–27%