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