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To deepen millions of Americans’ understanding of the Constitution, we are airing and promoting our most popular free online course, “Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution,” on more than 20 television networks. You can sign up for "Constitution 101" or one of our other most popular courses below.


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"The American Left: From Liberalism to Despotism"

In our newest course, Dr. Kevin Slack explains the political movements that have shaped American politics since the 1920s. Progressivism drastically changed the nature of our government, but it does not explain how we ended up where we are today. Explore the influential thought leaders and policy makers who have radicalized  American politics and culture in the twentieth century.

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Aquinas and America

When I first heard Dr. Nathan Schlueter in “Introduction to Western Philosophy” claim that “you can’t understand fully the Declaration of Independence without Thomas Aquinas,” I was surprised. I’ve studied the Declaration several times without talking about Aquinas. But as Dr. Schlueter reveals, several of Aquinas’ philosophical arguments may indee...

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Serious Education Requires God

Serious Education Requires God

Are faith and reason contradictory? Every serious philosopher from the ancients to the moderns has in one way or another wrestled with this questio...

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Our Newest Course: “The American Left”

Our Newest Course: “The American Left”

For those of you who have taken our “Constitution 101” course, you know that the early twentieth-century Progressives explicitly rejected the Founders...

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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

Liberal education is the journey of being led out from the cave of darkness up to the light. That’s how Dr. Nathan Schlueter interprets Plato’s all...

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Politics

The American Left: From Liberalism to Despotism

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