• Name:

    US Government (GOVT300)

  • Department:

    Social Studies

  • Semesters:

    0.5 (semester course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

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

US Government


This course focuses on the various forms of government in the world, as well as the differences between government systems and economic systems. Attention will be given to the founding of the American Republic, including a strong overview of its Constitution, an in-depth look at the three branches of government established by its early advocates (including the Federal System and its checks and balances), and the role of state governments. Using a variety of sources, students will practice reading comprehension, writing, research, and analytical skills.


US politics can be messy and confusing. Do you ignore politics and just trust elected officials to always do what’s right, or do you stay up to date through reliable news sources and weigh the discussions for yourself?

If you are a US citizen, you become a voter when you are 18; you need to understand the workings of the government, what is happening with government today, and how it is going to impact your personal life, both at work and home. What freedoms do you need to be concerned about losing? What restrictions will be put on your workplace? An informed voter can help make America strong.

If you are not a US citizen, learning about the US government is still important; the United States is a leader in the free world; it is a super power with policies that impact other nations. For example, the United States’ relationship with Israel impacts the entire Middle East. How and why does it impact the country where you live?

We will look at the foundations and biblical underpinnings of the United States government and what values were instilled in the new nation; we will see how that plays out today in the legislative, executive, and judicial bodies, as well as in rights granted to its citizens.

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

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