Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics introduces students to political theories, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that form the political culture of the United States. It also explores the institutions, branches and functions of the federal, state, and local governments and their roles as responsible citizens at each level. The course examines politically-significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning, assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments. AP coursework can result in college credit if students choose to take the AP exam at the conclusion of the course, and is therefore taught as a college-level class. This course can replace the American Government credit requirement. This course will include the U.S. and Missouri Constitution tests and the End-of-Course exam. (one-credit, one year social studies credit for grades 10-12). Course fee is $92 for those taking the AP exam. It is strongly recommended that students have completed Language Arts I AND World Studies with a B or better.