Dual Credit US Government (LETU POLS 2503)

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High School American History or equivalent

Dual Credit US Government  (LETU POLS 2503)

Course Description:

Course Description:

Partnering with LeTourneau University, we are excited to offer this one-semester course for high school students. Students will earn 3 university credit hours.  They will learn not only how local, state, and national governments are structured, but means of participating in and influencing government at each level. Throughout the course we will study the institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that make up American politics. Special attention will be directed toward learning how to analyze primary source documents.

The U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence will be studied in detail, supplemented by parts of the Federalist Papers. There will be a special emphasis on the judicial system. Students will survey famous historical cases such as Marbury v. Madison, Brown v. Board of Education, and Roe v. Wade, as well as important current cases and issues.

This course is interactive. During the semester students will participate in a variety of simulations and debates which will help them to master the material.  One significant research paper will be required.


  • "American Government" by James Wilson and John Dilulio. It is the 10th Edition published in 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Make sure when you order it that you do not get the essentials version – It leaves out some of the content.  When you order your book make sure to check the ISBN numbers. The 2006 American Government 10 edition ISBN  0618556621 and the 2006 American Government AP edition ISBN 9780618562442 are the same book- order whichever one is cheaper.

  • Course Supplement (will be handed out first day of class.  Order through instructor)

Tuition:  No monthly tuition.  Course fee of $270 is paid directly to LeTourneau University.