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Northstar Academy

A fully accredited private online
Christian school for grades 4-12

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US Government

  • Name:

    US Government (GOVT400)

  • Department:

    Social Studies

  • Semesters:

    0.5 (semester course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    US History (from 1877) (HIST102) OR US History (Survey) (HIST310)

US Government


This course is designed to teach students how the government of the United States originated, how it works today, and how we can engage with the government to bring about beneficial, God-honoring outcomes in American society. Students will develop research skills, persuasive writing, oral communication, and conflict-resolution skills, as well as become more Biblically literate.


In today’s world, it’s hard to go through a week, or even a day without politics being brought to our attention. Whether we hear a comment from a friend, flip on the television, or scroll through social media, politics is everywhere! To some, this can be exciting and encouraging, to others this can feel overwhelming or frustrating. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, it is clear that government impacts us all, and understanding how the government works and the role that we can play in shaping it can help move us out of the overwhelmed-and-frustrated camp and into the excited-and-encouraged camp! Whether you consider yourself a politico or honestly prefer to act more like an ostrich when it comes to conversations about government, I promise that this course will provide a safe space for you to learn about the U.S. government’s origins and functions, express your thoughts and opinions regarding the government and current events, and hear from your classmates regarding important issues.

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

I didn’t think I would enjoy learning about the U.S. government but it was absolutely AMAZING!!

This course really doesn’t need any improvements. The class was great!

I enjoyed the class. It’s not always easy, but it’s very important!