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Online Undergraduate Certificate

American Government & Political Processes

American Government & Political Processes
Undergraduate Certificate
  • 18 credits
  • Transfer up to 9 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • $324 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Gain in-depth knowledge of the U.S. government and political processes.

The certificate program in American government and political processes at University of Maryland Global Campus provides an in-depth study and analysis of the U.S. government, including its history, structure, and political culture. In this program, you’ll analyze the vertical and horizontal structure of the American government and its federal and republican foundations. You’ll examine the three federal branches, bureaucracies, and the state governments in the context of the development of the American political system and its impact on the political landscape. In addition, the program compares American government and political economy to those of other nations for a comprehensive overview of political forces.

Total Credits Required: 18

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 170)
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 280)
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 306)
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 444)
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 457)
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 475)

Apply Credit to a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science

If you complete this certificate program, you may be able to apply the certificate’s required coursework to major course requirements for the bachelor’s degree in political science.

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2024–2025 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Undergraduate Certificate Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each certificate webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all certificates.

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Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

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