Introduction to Careers in Government and Public Administration

Introduction to Careers in Government and Public Administration will provide students with an overview of American politics and public administration, including how political institutions and public management systems at the local, state, and federal levels exercise supervisory authority and maintain accountability.

Students will learn about the foundations of the U.S. government, the separation of powers, the federal civil service system, and the relationship between the government and state and local officials.

They will also learn about governmental powers of the states and of local governments, such as education, law enforcement, and transportation.

Students will learn about politics in the United States and the electoral process, political attitudes and opinions, and American political parties.

They will also learn about the structure of U.S. federal governmental institutions, the nature of bureaucracy, and the functions of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.

Students will also learn about policy making in American government, including discussions of foreign and defense policies.

After completing this course, students will have a fundamental understanding of U.S. government and public administration. They will be able to explain the history and structure of the government, how the government functions and relates to state and local governments, and how the government creates and enforces public policies.


  • Explain the missions, responsibilities, and type of government agencies.
  • Describe the federal civil service and the importance of intergovernmental cooperation.
  • Identify ideas behind the federal system, including how the federal government interacts with state and local governments.
  • Explain the political party system.
  • Discuss the electoral process and the role of mass media.
  • Compare and contrast the three branches of U.S. federal government—executive, legislative, and judicial.
  • Describe the policy making process and the differences between types of public policies.

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Government & Public Administration
Course Length: Semester