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The Liberty Curriculum

Bringing the principles of freedom to the next generation

At a time when most colleges have abandoned study of the principles of freedom, ISI has launched a new effort to bring freshman-level courses on liberty to colleges across the country.

What Is the Liberty Curriculum?

ISI has partnered with Professor Mark Bauerlein of Emory University to develop a new curriculum project that teaches college students the principles of liberty. The Liberty Curriculum is a three-course study of fundamental freedoms in the United States: religious liberty, economic liberty, and political or civil liberty. 

The project approach is to work through freshman-year course requirements in the humanities and social sciences to develop courses and new syllabi that teach traditions of liberty. One or two sections of a course devoted to the Liberty Curriculum can be enough to offer the intelligent student an exciting choice in favor of liberty and can add genuine substance and diversity to the usual academic offerings. 

ISI offers participating professors course-development grants of up to $5,000. Those grants will assist in securing guest speakers, arranging field trips, and developing other course elements to enhance students’ experience and learning.

Fall 2014 marked the pilot phase of the Liberty Curriculum, which was introduced at six colleges:

  • CUNY, Queens College (Political/Civil Liberty)
  • Assumption College (Economic Liberty and Political/Civil Liberty)
  • Emory University (Economic Liberty)
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (Economic and Political/Civil Liberty)
  • Penn State–Harrisburg (Political/Civil Liberty)
  • Monterey Peninsula College (Political/Civil Liberty)

Check back for updated information as the Liberty Curriculum moves beyond the pilot phase.