Program Overview

The Summer College American National Government and Politics program is for high school students who have a strong interest in government and politics and want to take college-level, credit-bearing courses at Syracuse University. Students are required to take PSC 121: American National Government and Politics AND one Liberal Arts & Sciences elective. This class covers American political institutions, The basic principles  embedded in structure and practices of American government, and elaborates on practical consequences of this political system for the citizen. This class is a regularized undergraduate program and may consist of both Summer College students and undergraduate students at Syracuse University.

Students then select a second 3-credit course from the 2020 Liberal Arts and Sciences course list that does not conflict with the day and time of the calculus class.

My summer at Syracuse was really a dream come true. I have had my eye on Syracuse since my freshman year of highschool, but my experience at Summer College truly solidified for me that this is the university where I belong.  – Hayley I., Summer College student, 2019.

Program Objectives

Students will:

  • Study with faculty from the Political Science Department
  • Prepare themselves for college-level courses

Learn more about PSC 121: American National Government and Politics:

Program Dates & Details  Eligibility Requirements  Program Cost   Program Requirements   Typical Day

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session I: June 27 – August 7, 2020
Duration: 6 weeks


Credit: 6 credits

Grading System: A-F

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $10,230
  • Commuter: $7,788

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day


Students should budget for the purchase of required course textbooks.

Tentative Schedule

Students course schedules will vary based on second program selections. Students will take an additional class and then spend the remainder of the day studying and reading on their own or in study groups.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to depart campus after 5:00pm on August 7, 2020. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.