Lyceum Fellows

Lyceum Fellows Program: For Current Clemson Students

The Fellows program is the non-scholarship track of the Lyceum Program and is open to current Clemson students. It takes a Great Books approach to studying the moral, political and economic foundations of a free society. Students in the program learn ideas that are fundamental, timeless and life-changing.

At the end of their course of study, Lyceum Fellows graduate with the skills necessary to be serious thinkers, articulate speakers and eloquent writers, thus preparing them to move into careers in law, academia, policy making and the business world.

The program is open to students of any major, but students who complete this course of study fulfill the requirements for a minor in Political Science ("Political and Legal Theory").

In exchange for their program participation, Lyceum Fellows receive special invitations to events hosted by the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. This includes public lectures, private talks and informal dinners. Upon graduation, Lyceum Fellows receive a certificate of program completion.

To join the Lyceum Fellows Program, please complete the form at the bottom of this page and then schedule a meeting with a Lyceum faculty member by emailing

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Lyceum Fellows Curriculum

The following classes make up the Lyceum Fellows curriculum. They can be taken in any order and at any time during a student's undergraduate career.

POSC 1030: Introduction to Political Theory

(*)Recommended starting point
Introduction to major themes and thinkers in the Western tradition of political thought. Students examine classic primary texts of the ancient and modern periods, including Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes and Locke, to acquire a working conceptual vocabulary of normative and theoretical terms, political ideologies, and basic patterns of political organization.

POSC 4550: Political Thought of the American Founding

Intensive seminar of the principles and practices of America's founders (e.g., Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton). Examines how American revolutionaries struggled between 1765 and 1788 to develop new ideas about rights, liberty, equality, constitutions, republicanism, separation of powers, representation, federalism, etc.

POSC 4530: American Political Thought

American political philosophy from the 17th century to the present with emphasis on political and social developments since the 1770s.

POSC 4380: Constitutional Law I: Structures of Government

Examination and analysis of Supreme Court decisions and other legal materials in the areas of national power, federalism, the separation of powers, and the role of the judiciary.

POSC 4370: Constitutional Law II: Rights and Liberties

Examination and analysis of Supreme Court decisions and other legal materials in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties, with an emphasis on freedom of speech, freedom of religion, equal protection of the laws, and privacy rights.

POSC 4490: Political Theory of Capitalism

Examines the ethical foundations of capitalism. Focuses primarily on the major ethical theories that have supported or criticized capitalism throughout history. Topics include justification of private property, role of corporations, the profit motive, and the source of wealth creation.

How to Join

To become a Lyceum Fellow, start by completing the form below and then and then schedule a meeting with a Lyceum faculty member by emailing If you have any questions, contact us at