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.
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.learn more
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. In conjunction with the series, the Kinder Institute also sponsors a “Constitutional Democracy” Freshman Interest Group (FIG), through which a group of up to 20 incoming freshmen live together on a floor in Mark Twain Hall and co-enroll in three courses, including the series’ first class, “Intellectual World of the American Founders.”learn more
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.
Applications for the 2019-2020 Society of Fellows will open in January 2020.learn more
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.learn more