Leadership and Greatness (Rising 10th-12th Graders)

In this one-week course, students will study characteristics of great political and military leaders in a seminar-style class led by professors from the Lyceum Program at Clemson University. This reading-intensive course will include works or speeches from Aristotle, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Publius, Washington, Tocqueville, Lincoln, and Churchill. This classroom experience will emphasize individual contributions from students, which will help students not only develop their reading and critical-thinking skills but also their ability to engage in civil discourse about political and philosophic matters. With the aid of their professors, students will study, in detail, questions concerning greatness, leadership, good judgment (prudence), justice, ambition, and politics. This class is a must for anyone interested in politics, philosophy, history, literature, ethics, and those who wish to serve their communities.

In this course students will:

  • Learn to engage with each-other in a Socratic-style seminar environment with an emphasis on developing civil discourse
  • Study history, political science, ethics, rhetoric, and philosophy through primary sources, speeches, histories, literature, and visual media
  • Improve critical-thinking and public-speaking skills

Please note that there are required readings to complete before this course. Several books will be shipped to you. Please make sure address in registration system is the most up to date mailing address. We will reach out to parents of registered students with this information at a later date.


This course is offered in Session VI, July 17-23, 2022.

Course Leader: Michael Hoffpauir, Ph.D.