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

In Fall 2016, the Kinder Institute will launch its Constitutionalism and Democracy course series with the University of Missouri Honors College. Comprised of four classes that cover the time period from before the Revolution through the aftermath of the War of 1812, the new series will provide undergraduates who are interested in the foundations of American constitutional democracy 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. The series will be open each year to 20 incoming Honors College freshmen.

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Society of Fellows

The Society of Fellows is a competitive academic fellowship program exclusive to University of Missouri undergraduates that engages participants in a yearlong intellectual exploration of the philosophical foundations, historical development, and contemporary practice of constitutional democracy in the United States. The deadline to apply for the 2017-18 Society of Fellows has passed. Please check back in January 2018 for information about applying to the 2018-19 Fellows program.

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The deadline to apply for the 2017 Kinder Scholars Program has passed. Please check back at the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester for details about applying to be a part of the 2018 class of Kinder Scholars.

A competitive academic summer program exclusive to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors at the University of Missouri, the Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program provides students with a unique opportunity to wed theory and practice by taking a 3-credit hour seminar on the nation’s constitutional history and interning at an organization in the capital whose mission complements their academic coursework.

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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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