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We have made our popular course, "C.S. Lewis on Christianity," available as a scheduled study group. Join us from November 29 to December 15 to discover the beauty and truth of the Christian life with Lewis. Click below to preregister.

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Our Top Rated Course

In one of our most popular courses, historian Victor Davis Hanson examines the meaning of citizenship in the West and the grave threats it faces today.

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Zephaniah Swift on Marriage and Happiness

In our new online course, “The Real American Founding: A Conversation,” Dr. Thomas G. West names some of his favorite members of the Founding generation, including a couple that do not have the name recognition of a George Washington, a Thomas Jefferson, or an Alexander Hamilton. One of these underappreciated “second-tier” Founders is Zephaniah Swi...

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The Rise of Affirmative Action

The Rise of Affirmative Action

In Boston on January 26, 1865, Frederick Douglass delivered one of his most enduring speeches, “What the Black Man Wants.” He told the gathered crowd,...

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Wilfred McClay’s New Young Reader’s Edition of “Land of Hope”

Wilfred McClay’s New Young Reader’s Edition of “Land of Hope”

One of the things that makes the community of students taking Hillsdale College’s Online Courses so great is the range of backgrounds: from high schoo...

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How the Modern Congress Works

How the Modern Congress Works

As Americans head to the polls for today’s midterm elections, there’s a lot on their minds. Inflation, employment, housing, crime, abortion, and immig...

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Politics

The Real American Founding: A Conversation

Economics

Supply-Side Economics and American Prosperity with Arthur Laffer

Philosophy & Religion

C.S. Lewis on Christianity

History

The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic

History

American Citizenship and Its Decline

Literature

The David Story: Shepherd, Father, King

Literature

Dante’s Divine Comedy

Mathematics & Natural Sciences

Mathematics and Logic: From Euclid to Modern Geometry

Politics

Civil Rights in American History

Philosophy & Religion

Introduction to Western Philosophy

Literature

Classic Children’s Literature

History

The Great American Story: A Land of Hope

Politics

Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution

Literature

The Genesis Story: Reading Biblical Narratives

Philosophy & Religion

Introduction to Aristotle’s Ethics: How to Lead a Good Life

History

The Second World Wars

Politics

Congress: How It Worked and Why It Doesn’t

Literature

The Young Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey

History

Western Heritage: From the Book of Genesis to John Locke

Literature

Mark Twain: Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Selected Short Stories

Politics

Introduction to the Constitution

Philosophy & Religion

Theology 101: The Western Theological Tradition

History

American Heritage: From Colonial Settlement to the Current Day

Literature

Shakespeare: Hamlet and The Tempest

Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court

History

Athens and Sparta

Politics

Public Policy from a Constitutional Viewpoint

Literature

An Introduction to C.S. Lewis: Writings and Significance

History

Winston Churchill and Statesmanship

Politics

The Federalist Papers

Philosophy & Religion

A Proper Understanding of K-12 Education: Theory and Practice

Literature

Great Books 102: Renaissance to Modern

Politics

The Presidency and the Constitution

Literature

Great Books 101: Ancient to Medieval

Politics

Constitution 201: The Progressive Rejection of the Founding and the Rise of Bureaucratic Despotism

Economics

Economics 101: The Principles of Free Market Economics