This summer, get an education in freedom—and earn 4 college credits!
Apply by May 15. To apply, submit (1) a brief résumé and (2) a 2-paragraph essay on the importance of studying the American Founding
Do you want to understand where our freedoms come from?
To really know this, you need to know the American political tradition . . .
. . . but unless you’re one of a lucky few students today, you’re probably not getting a complete picture at your school.
It’s well documented that in political science, liberal and far-left professors badly outnumber conservative professors.
The problem is not (or not merely) a bias against students who question progressive thinking. The key issue is which ideas and thinkers your professors teach you—and which ones they don’t teach you.
But you can avoid all these problems—and develop a rich understanding of freedom—in this immersive online summer course.
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture at Washington College have partnered to present Freedom in American Political Life.
This political-science course transfers 4 credits to colleges and universities nationwide. So you’re getting more than a semester’s worth of credit in under a month!
The course is open to college students and select advanced high school students.
You will encounter the great thinkers in the American political tradition, with a strong focus on the founding period and the fulfillment of founding principles of natural law and natural rights across American history.
The course will take you on an in-depth exploration of:
- religious freedom and economic freedom
- the eradication of slavery
- the victory over fascism and Soviet communism
- challenges facing freedom in the United States today
As you immerse yourself in the study of American freedom, you will encounter the give and take of opposing arguments. As in any pursuit of truth, you will need to learn to listen sympathetically to positions with which you may at times disagree—perhaps even deeply disagree.
Your guide to this compelling subject matter is Professor Joseph Prud’homme, the Burton Family Chair in Religion, Politics, and Culture at Washington College (PhD, Princeton University).
You will also hear from a number of guest speakers, including:
- Wilfred M. McClay, award-winning historian and author of Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story
- Arthur Milikh, executive director of the Claremont Institute’s Center for the American Way of Life
- Cara Rogers, assistant professor of history at Ashland University
- Thomas G. West, professor of politics at Hillsdale College and author of this course’s core text, The Political Theory of the American Founding
Enrollment is limited to ensure a personalized, highly interactive, and in-depth seminar.
- Dates: Course runs from May 31 until June 24, 2022
- Hours of instruction: FLEXIBLE. The class will meet via Zoom three times per week for 1.5 hours per session. An asynchronous option is available for students who work.
- Cost: $2,000 (course awards 4 credits)
- Scholarships: ISI will offer 10 scholarships of $250 to ISI students, with priority going to ISI Honors Scholars and Society Leaders. The Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture will also provide scholarships for select students.