All Lyceum Scholars receive a $10,000 scholarship, which is disbursed over their four years at Clemson University.
In exchange for this scholarship, students in the program take a sequence of eight courses with the other Lyceum Scholars in their graduating class.
The Lyceum Difference
The Lyceum Scholars Program draws inspiration from the Lyceum School founded by Aristotle in Ancient Greece.
Lyceum Scholars study the moral principles of a free society, the political ideals of the American Founding and the economic foundations of capitalism.
Emphasis on Moral Character:
We believe there is a connection between moral character and a free society.
At the end of this unique course of study, students will graduate with a robust training in the intellectual skills of being serious and honest thinkers, articulate speakers and eloquent writers. Additionally, students will be thoroughly familiar with the essential ideas that form the foundation of free institutions, thus preparing them to move into careers in law, academia, policy making and business.
As a close-knit learning community, the Lyceum Scholars program helps students form lifelong friendships with others who share their interests.
In addition, it introduces them to renowned academics, helps them discover their passions and achieve their goals, and opens doors to opportunities at think tanks, policy centers and philanthropic foundations across the country.
The Lyceum Curriculum
All Lyceum Scholars take a sequence of eight classes — one per semester — together as an intellectual cohort. 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"), and six of the eight courses count towards the Political Science major at Clemson.
Structures of Government
Rights and Liberties
Each Lyceum Scholar is assigned their own Socratic tutor (a member of the Lyceum faculty), who mentors their intellectual and character development while at Clemson.
This mentorship helps students to connect theory (i.e., the ideas they learn in class) with real-life practice and to develop their own sense of moral character.
Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
Cicero On Duties
United States Constitution
United States Declaration of Independence
The Federalist Papers
Capitalism and Freedom
Law, Legislation and Liberty
Two Treatises of Government
Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
The Spirit of the Laws
A Theory of Justice
Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
Dialogues and Essays
The Wealth of Nations
Democracy in America