Lyceum Scholars

Lyceum Scholars Program: For Incoming Freshmen & Transfer Students

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The Lyceum Scholars program takes a Great Books approach to studying liberty, free markets, the American Founding and moral character. It is a four-year academic program open to incoming freshmen at Clemson University.

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.

Lyceum Scholarship

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. In these classes, Lyceum Scholars study the moral principles of a free society, the political ideals of the American Founding and the economic foundations of capitalism.

The Lyceum Difference

Drawing inspiration from the Lyceum School founded by Aristotle in Ancient Greece, we have created a philosophically oriented academic program that presents students with ideas that are fundamental, timeless and life-changing.

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.




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The Lyceum Curriculum

All Lyceum Scholars take a sequence of eight classes—one per semester as a cohort.

Freshman Year

  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Wisdom of the Ancients
  • Sophomore Year

  • Political Thought of the American Founding
  • American Political Thought
  • Junior Year

  • Constitutional Law I
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Senior Year

  • Political Theory of Capitalism
  • Wisdom of the Moderns


  • Socratic Tutors

    Each Lyceum Scholar is assigned their own Socratic tutor, who mentors their intellectual and character development while at Clemson.

    This mentorship help 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.


    Required Reading


    Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

    Atlas Shrugged

    The Law

    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

    The Prince

    Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

    Human Action

    The Spirit of the Laws

    The Republic

    A Theory of Justice

    Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

    Dialogues and Essays

    The Wealth of Nations

    Democracy in America