Our vision for the Kinder Institute’s Minor and Certificate in American Constitutional Democracy involves building a curriculum that approaches the study of the nation’s political history and traditions with rigor, expansiveness, and innovation. To achieve this vision, the Kinder Institute offers course development awards to faculty members from across all disciplines at the university who design a class for the Minor and Certificate. While focused on promoting undergraduate study of American political thought and history, we conceive of these sub-fields broadly, to include not only the philosophical foundations and historical origins of the nation’s constitutional and democratic traditions but also the evolution, application, and reinterpretation of these traditions in later periods and around the world. We are particularly interested in developing courses that have a considerable experiential component or that focus on the intensive study of primary sources texts that are central to the nation’s political history.
Course development proposals are considered on a rolling basis. Awards of up to $5,000 are available for the development of 3-credit hour classes and awards of up to $2,000 are available for the development of 1-credit hour Honors College tutorials. More information about the process of applying for a course development grant from the Kinder Institute can be found in the link below:
Previously developed courses have addressed topics including constitutional democracy in Latin America, the administrative state in American politics, and the intellectual history of “the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence. More information about our Minor and Certificate in American Constitutional Democracy, including a list of all courses currently offered, can be found here.