AP U.S. Government and Politics
Master Teacher: Frank Guliuzza, PhD
Frank Guliuzza, PhD
PhD, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Guliuzza is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Patrick Henry College and a professor of Government. He is a well-known scholar in the field of government. An expert in constitutional law, he has published widely on the First Amendment (including his book Over the Wall: Protecting Religious Expression in the Public Square), the separation of church and state, and the role of Christians in political activism.
Dr. Guliuzza received the John S. Hinckley Award as the outstanding faculty member at Weber State University (2003). He was named Utah Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation (2003). He has been recognized four times by the American Political Science Association for “Outstanding Teaching in Political Science” (2000, 2003, 2004, and 2008).
Dr. Guliuzza previously served as President of the Pre-Law Advisors’ National Council and is on the executive boards of the American Mock Trial Association and the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (currently serving as ACMA President). A successful moot court and mock trial coach at Weber State and PHC, he is the co-coach of the four-time defending moot court champions and has led his teams into the top ten at the national mock trial tournaments, coaching scores of students who were either all-American or all-regional competitors. He has also taught at Wheaton College, the University of Minnesota, and Vassar College.
Beyond his academic accomplishments, Dr. Guliuzza has extensive practical political experience. He was vice-chairman of the Utah Republican Party and ran for election to the United States Senate, though he was defeated by Orrin Hatch. At PHC, he advises students who plan to attend law school. In addition to coaching moot court and mock trial, he teaches classes at all levels for the Government major.
MA, Georgetown University
Sarah Hengemuhle taught US Government and Politics with PHC Prep Academy in Spring 2012, 2013, and 2014. She graduated with honors from Georgetown University in 2010 with a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies and magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government with a Public Policy emphasis from Patrick Henry College (PHC) in 2004. Her graduate program included coursework in international security and mass media, intelligence policy and ethics, analytic and research methodologies, and economic drivers of terrorism as well as a number of experiences as a peer-reviewer, including a rigorous semester-long thesis seminar. She has worked as an analyst for federal and commercial entities since 2004. Sarah's interest in critically analyzing her faith's influence on her academic pursuits has influenced both her own scholarship and her desire to mentor others in this process. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her spouse and their dog.
BA, Patrick Henry College
BA, Patrick Henry College
Susanna is a lead teacher at a public charter school in Dallas, Texas where she teaches 7th grade Texas History, despite her Ohio roots. Prior to her teaching career, Susanna developed first-hand knowledge of government and policy serving as a campaign manager and legislative assistant for a representative in the state of Virginia.
Susanna comes to PHC Prep with practical Advanced Placement experience, graduating from high school as an AP Scholar with Distinction.
Apart from her teaching roles, Susanna serves on the board of the Patrick Henry College Alumni Association and is an active mentor with the Dallas-based organization Champions of Hope.
Duration: One-semester course offered in the spring (16 weeks)
Please Note: Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a PHC Prep Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience. All sessions will also be recorded for later viewing. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.
Download the AP U.S. Government and Politics Info Sheet.
Books and Materials
View the AP U.S. Government and Politics Booklist for the spring 2015 semester.
This course is designed to introduce students to government and politics in the United States and how to approach related issues from a biblical worldview. By the end of the course, students should be able to answer the following questions:
The course seeks to answer these questions primarily through readings, lectures, and, as we have opportunity, online class discussions.
Am I Ready for this AP Course?
This is a rigorous, college-level course. PHC Prep recommends that students complete at least one other course in a relevant subject before enrolling. Relevant subjects include U.S. government, U.S. history, and civics. Please visit the College Board’s AP U.S. Government and Politics page for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP exam in this subject.
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