Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution

Learn the meaning of the Constitution and the principles of American government in this new version of Hillsdale’s most popular course.

The United States Constitution was designed to secure the natural rights proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence. Signed by Constitutional Convention delegates on September 17, 1787—Constitution Day—it was ratified by the American people and remains the most enduring and successful constitution in history. 

In this twelve-lecture course, students will examine the political theory of the American Founding and subsequent challenges to that theory throughout American history. Topics covered in this course include: the natural rights theory of the Founding, the meaning of the Declaration and the Constitution, the crisis of the Civil War, the Progressive rejection of the Founding, and the nature and form of modern liberalism.

Join more than one million Americans who have taken “Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution” by enrolling in this free online course today!

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What students say

This course brings an in-depth understanding of how our Constitution was brilliantly designed.

– James

It explains nuanced and complex issues very clearly while staying very focused on the main point. The professors I’ve been exposed to seem well versed in the material. And I absolutely LOVE the “set” - the low lighting, the candles - it makes me feel like every classroom should have that ambiance.

– James

The instructors are easy to listen to and follow and are very knowledgeable. It is obvious they care and believe in what they teach.

– Robert