U.S. Government and Politics AP

  • Grade: 12 

    United States Government and Politics, Advanced Placement / AP, is (1) a course which follows College Board Entrance Examination guidelines for advanced placement United States Government and Politics, (2) any social studies course offered for credit by an accredited post-secondary institution through an adjunct agreement with a secondary school, or (3) any other post-secondary social studies course offered for dual credit under the provisions of 511 IAC 22-10.1-22.2-1-2.6.

    The AP Government & Politics: United States course provides an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality.

    Topics of study will include, but are not limited to:

    • Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government
    • Political Beliefs and Behaviors
    • Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media
    • Institutions of National Government: The Congress, the
    • Presidency, the Bureaucracy, and the Federal Courts
    • Public Policy
    • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

    The course relies heavily on reading, writing, and discussion. A variety of reading sources and writing assignments will be used. The course level is collegiate, and transferable college credit can be earned by taking the Advanced Placement exam.


    The State of Indiana requires students to sit for AP exams in order to qualify for the Academic Honors Diplomas as well as the new Graduation Pathway requirements.  Therefore, any student at Noblesville High School enrolled in a College Board Advanced Placement course will be required to sit for the corresponding exam.  Cumulative grade point averages will be re-calculated retroactively without the grade weight for students who do not take the exam.  The cost of AP assessments are decided by the College Board and are currently $98 with a $7 administration fee at Noblesville High School.

    • A Core 40 and AHD course
    • A one semester course (1 credit)