AP U.S. Government and Politics

Master Teacher:  Frank Guliuzza, PhD

McGovern Master Teacher

Frank Guliuzza, PhD

PhD, University of Notre Dame
MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
MA, University of Wyoming
BA, University of Wyoming

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.

Classroom Teacher:  Sarah Hengemuhle, MA

Hengemuhle Classroom Teacher

Sarah Hengemuhle

MA, Georgetown University
BA, Patrick Henry College

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.

Classroom Teacher:  Tony Cavicchi

Tony Cavicchi Classroom Teacher

Tony Cavicchi

BA, Patrick Henry College 

Tony Cavicchi earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Patrick Henry College, where he concentrated in American Politics & Policy. Tony has experience on both the practical and the academic sides of politics.  At Patrick Henry, he was Chairman of the College Republicans club named the ‘Most Politically Active’ in Virginia in 2011.  For eight months in 2012, Tony worked in Austin, Texas for Nasica Consulting, assisting in the development and deployment of approximately seventy-five campaigns.  His academic research has focused on regulatory programs and on legislative voting behavior at state, national, and international levels.  His articles have won academic recognition, including publication in The George Wythe Review and first place in a Patrick Henry College Student Research Symposium. Tony and his wife Sarah reside in Northern Virginia.

Classroom Teacher:  Miriam McElvain

Miriam McElvainClassroom Teacher

Miriam McElvain

BA, Patrick Henry College 

Miriam McElvain graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2010 with a degree in Government focusing on political theory. She researched the political implications of family, religious, and education trends in the United States as an intern for Family Research Council, where she also edited articles on marriage and the family. She has been active on several campaigns, including co-leading a team of 80 volunteers during a Colorado Senate election. In 2010, she helped coordinate a grassroots campaign for a U.S. Representative primary candidate in southern Missouri. She is currently a litigation assistant at Home School Legal Defense Association and is writing a series of articles on the U.S. Constitution for the Douglas County Herald.

Her academic interests include education, the family, the land, and former soviet nations. She currently resides in Northern Virginia.

Duration: One-semester course offered in the spring (16 weeks)

AP* U.S. Government and Politics
Live Online Class Session Schedule, Spring 2015

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Mondays, 8:00–9:00 p.m.
(Eastern Time) 
Dr. Frank Guliuzza;
Mrs. Sarah Hengemuhle
Section 2 Wednesdays, 6:00–7:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)  Dr. Frank Guliuzza;
Mr. Tony Cavicchi
Section 3 Thursdays, 7:00–8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Dr. Frank Guliuzza;
Ms. Miriam McElvain
ALL Sections Combined Class Sessions:
Tuesdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Most but not all weeks

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What topics will I learn about in AP U.S. Government and Politics?

    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:

    • What are generally regarded as the theoretical origins of our American government?
    • How do the structure and logic of American government reflect biblical insights?
    • Can the United States accurately be considered a government “by the people”?
    • What rights and liberties do we have that transcend the will of the majority?
    • How does government engage in public policy, and what are the important areas of policy that claim the time and attention of the national government?
    • What are the basic institutions of government?

    The course seeks to answer these questions primarily through readings, lectures, and, as we have opportunity, online class discussions.

  • Am I ready to take AP U.S. Government and Politics?

    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.

    Still have questions about whether you are ready for an AP course? Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session?

    In every PHC Prep Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    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.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

    Please Note: In addition to meeting on a weekly basis with their classroom instructor, students from each class section will attend additional live class sessions on most Tuesdays from 5:30–6:30. These sessions will occur roughly three times per month and will feature Dr. Frank Guliuzza, the course Master Teacher.

    If you have any questions about class sections, schedules, or registration, please contact the PHC Prep Academy Staff

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements with their instructors to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.