Foundations (Constitutional Studies PART I) is a course intended to take students though the ideas and philosophies of the Founders as they pondered, crafted and developed the U.S. Constitution. Students will annotate and grow in their understanding of the document as well as supporting primary source documents through the course of study. Focus will be on the body of the document as well as the Bill of Rights. Students can expect heavy emphasis on application of thoughts, ideas and philosophes related to real-world events in today’s present culture.
It is assumed that students taking this course already a fundamental knowledge of the essentials of US History and the basic constructs of US Government.
Course Materials & Resources
- The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle that Changed the World (W. Cleon Skousen, National Center for Constitutional Studies, 2006 or later, ISBN10 – 0880801484)
- The U. S. Constitution: A Reader (Hillsdale College Politics Faculty, Hillsdale College Press, 2012, ISBN10 – 0916308367)
- Constitutional Ideas – A Study Guide (Cindy Brumbarger, Stages publishing, 2018, this text will be made available directly to students in June of 2018)
- Students will be encouraged to register as a user for the Hillsdale College online courses; this is solely for the viewing of various video resources which complement the lessons and access is free of charge.