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.
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 Lyceum tutors appointed from the faculty
5. Attend all CISC public lectures
6. Participate in a summer reading program
Yes. Six of the eight courses in the Lyceum curriculum are Political Science courses and therefore can count toward a major or double major in the subject. For non-Political Science majors, these courses now fullfill the requirements minor in Political Science ("Political and Legal Studies").
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.
Lyceum 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.
Lyceum Socratic tutors mentor and guide 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 each semester. Lyceum Scholars will meet with their Socratic tutor approximately twice a month during the school year.
Lyceum scholars may 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.
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 contract” with the course instructor in order to have the courses count for Honors credit or can use other courses to fulfill the requirements of the Honors College.
Please feel free to stop by our office in 329 Sirrine Hall on the campus of Clemson University. If at all possible, please let us know in advance to expect you by contacting us at Lyceum@clemson.edu or (864) 656-2133.
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 and at the same time fulfill the requirements for a minor in Political Science ("Political and Legal Theory"). Please visit the Lyceum Fellows website or contact us at Lyceum@clemson.edu for more information.
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