Lyceum Frequently Asked Questions

Lyceum Scholars Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Admission Requirements for the Lyceum Scholars Program?

Candidates must apply (and be accepted) to Clemson University as incoming Freshmen. Successful candidates will be of a high intellectual caliber, as demonstrated through academic achievement and test scores in their high school careers, and must be passionate about ideas, intellectual engagement, and the subject matter of the Lyceum Scholars Program.

What Are the Academic Requirements of the Lyceum Scholars Program?

1. Take an 8-course sequence consisting of one Lyceum course each semester. Scholars may be excused from at most one semester due to scheduling conflicts with other required courses or studying abroad—-in which case, the scholar will receive a half-scholarship for that academic year.
2. Take all their program courses together as an intellectual cohort
3. Maintain at least a 3.4 G.P.A
4. Serve an intellectual apprenticeship with a Lyceum tutor appointed from the faculty
5. Attend all CISC public lectures
6. Participate in a summer reading program

What Can I Major In?

The Lyceum Scholars Program is open to all majors. Because six of the eight required classes currently count towards the Political Science major at Clemson, many Lyceum Scholars will choose to major in Political Science, or double-major in Political Science and one other subject.

Lycuem Scholars are responsible for scheduling their required major courses around the required Lyceum course each semester. In the event that this is not possible, Scholars may miss up to one semester--in which case, the scholar will receive a half-scholarship for that academic year.

What Are the Lyceum Socratic Tutors?

Lyceum Socratic tutors mentor and assess Lyceum Scholars through their intellectual development. Tutors will help students connect theory (i.e., the ideas they learn in class) to real-life practice and develop an appreciation for the importance of moral character.

Each Lyceum Scholar is assigned a Socratic Tutor from the Clemson Institute faculty and staff. Lyceum Scholars will meet with their Socratic tutor sometimes in one-on-one meetings and sometimes with other scholars assigned to their Socratic tutor.

Can I Study Abroad?

Lyceum scholars can study abroad for one semester (assuming that no other Lyceum courses have been missed), but scholars will receive a half-scholarship for that academic year.

Is the Lyceum Scholars Program Part of Clemson's Honors Program?

The Lyceum Scholars Program is not affiliated with the Calhoun Honors College, but candidates are encouraged to apply to the Honors College.

The Lyceum Scholars program is designed to fully accommodate Honors students. Two of the required courses are offered through the Honors department (though these courses will be also be open to any Lyceum Scholar who is not in the Honors program). For the remaining courses, students will have the option of signing an “honors contact” with the instructor in order to have the courses count for Honors credit.

I am Visiting Clemson University. Can I Come and See you?

Please feel free to stop by our office in 329 Sirrine Hall on the campus of Clemson University. If possible, please let us know in advance to expect you by contacting us at or (864) 656-2133.

I did not get into the Lyceum Scholars Program but would still like to participate in the Lyceum Curriculum at Clemson University.

Please consider signing-up for the non-scholarship track of the Lyceum Curriculum: the Lyceum Fellows Program. As a Lyceum Fellows you can take six of the eight Lyceum courses for college credit. Please visit the Lyceum Fellows website or contact us at for more information.

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