Undergraduate Programs

Achieving our primary goal of promoting the study of the United States’ political traditions begins at the undergraduate level. Through the programs described below, the Kinder Institute provides students from across all disciplines at the University of Missouri with a variety of unique opportunities designed to foster greater knowledge of and more informed dialogue about the philosophical foundations, historical development, and contemporary practice of American constitutional democracy.

Minor and Certificate in American Constitutional Democracy

The Minor and Certificate in American Constitutional Democracy are designed for University of Missouri undergraduates of any major who wish to pursue an in-depth, interdisciplinary course of study that focuses on the origins of the nation’s political traditions as well as their evolution, application, and reinterpretation in later periods and around the globe.

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Constitutionalism & Democracy Honors College Course Series

Comprised of four classes that cover the time period from before the Revolution through the aftermath of the War of 1812, the Kinder Institute’s Constitutionalism and Democracy course series with the MU Honors College provides undergraduates who are interested in the United States’ founding era with an opportunity to explore the intellectual traditions and debates that informed the process of creating the U.S. government, as well as the historical conditions under which this government began to take shape.

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Society of Fellows

The Kinder Institute’s flagship undergraduate initiative, the Society of Fellows is a competitive academic fellowship program through which students spend a year forging an intellectual community dedicated to studying and drawing connections between the ideas and events of the American founding and the present state of constitutional democracy in the U.S. and abroad.

The deadline to apply for the 2019-20 Society of Fellows has passed. We will re-open applications for 2020-21 in January 2020.

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The Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program provides rising MU juniors and seniors with a rare chance to wed theory and practice by taking a 3-credit hour seminar on the nation’s constitutional history while also spending the summer interning four days a week at an organization in the nation’s capital whose mission complements their academic coursework.

Applications for the Summer 2020 Kinder Scholars Program will be made available no later than September 2019.

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Study Abroad

In partnership with the MU International Center, the Kinder Institute supports faculty-led study abroad programs that enable University of Missouri undergraduates to study the origins and development of constitutional democracy in comparative context.

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Study at Oxford

In Spring 2018, the Kinder Institute embarked on a partnership with University of Oxford’s Corpus Christi College that provides Mizzou undergraduates with an opportunity to experience the scholastic life, unique pedagogy, and rich traditions of one of the globe’s most storied institutions. While we are working to ensure that this partnership grows over time, we currently offer the following two opportunities to students on the MU campus.

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