Hillsdale College Offerings: Free 10 week non-credit courses, and others of interest in American Freedom and the Underpinnings of the Republic

The Presidency and the ConstitutionThe American presidency is often called the most powerful office on earth. This is so not only because the nation which elects the president is the most powerful nation on earth, but also because the American Founders designed the office to be strong and effective. However, the Founders also placed certain restraints on this power, which are necessary to maintain liberty and protect citizens’ rights.

The modern understanding and structure of the presidency are a threat to freedom due to the accumulation of all three powers—legislative, executive, and judicial—in the executive branch and the breakdown of constitutional restraints.

Learn more about this breakdown of the separation of powers and how to restore the Constitutional restraints in this this free course taught by Hillsdale College's politics faculty.

The course is delivered via email, with one lesson per week over ten weeks. Each lesson features lively discussion boards, suggested readings, and weekly quizzes.

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Introduction to the Constitution in Five Parts: Lecture series featuring Hillsdale President, Dr. Larry Arnn on understanding the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

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Constitution 101The Meaning and History of the Constitution, features the same professors who teach this course on Hillsdale College's campus. Hillsdale is one of the only colleges in America -- outside of the military academies -- that requires every student to take a course on the Constitution to graduate. 

The course is delivered via email, with one lesson per week for 10 weeks. Each lesson features lively teaching and discussion boards, suggested readings, weekly quizzes, and more.

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Constitution 201: The Progressive Rejection of the Founding and the Rise of Bureaucratic Despotism,  discusses the principles of the American Founding, embodied in the Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the US Constitution, came under assault by Progressives of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Progressivism rejects the Founders’ ideas of natural rights, limited government, the  separation of powers, representation, and federalism. Progressive government, exemplified by the modern administrative state, has fundamentally transformed key aspects of the American way of life.

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The Federalist PapersWritten between October 1787 and August 1788, the Federalist Papers is a collection of newspaper essays written in defense of the Constitution. Writing under the penname Publius, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay explained the merits of the proposed Constitution, while confronting objections raised by its opponents.

Thomas Jefferson described the work as “the best commentary on the principles of government, which ever was written.”

There is not better way to increase your knowledge of the principles underlying the Constitution than studying the Federalist Papers. That’s why Hillsdale College is offering this online course, “The Federalist Papers” for FREE.

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The US Supreme CourtArticle III of the U.S. Constitution vests the judicial power “in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.” According to Federalist 78, the judicial branch “will always be the least dangerous” to the liberty of the American people. Yet, judicial decisions have done much to advance a Progressive agenda that poses a fundamental threat to liberty. This course will consider several landmark Supreme Court cases in relation to the Founders’ Constitution.

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