BYU Independent Study - Online Courses

American Government

Part 1

GOVT 041

Paper Course

$ 163.00

Instructor: Elizabeth A Rice
Credits: 0.50

Course Currently Unavailable


This course examines the American system of government, including its origins, development, citizen rights, voting, public opinion, Congress, the lawmaking process, and fiscal policy. This is the first course in a two-part American Government series (GOVT 041 and GOVT 043); however, either course may be taken independently of the other.

Course Content:

1. Basic Types and Theories of Government
2. The Beginnings of American Government
3. The Purposes and Basis of the Constitution
4. Individual Rights
5. The Political System
6. Voters, Voting, and Elections
7. Public Opinion and Voter Influence
8. The Structure and Powers of Congress
9. Making Law
10. Congress and Fiscal Policy

Paper Courses:

Assignments for this course can be submitted online or by mail, email, or fax. If you do not have reliable internet access the optional course packet includes bubble sheets to be mailed.


Resubmissions are only allowed for lessons graded below a C.
Required Materials Cost
   Govt 041 - CD     Included in tuition
   Printed Course Packet     Included in tuition