Summer 2018 Political Studies & Summer Courses

WASHINGTON, DC | June 17 – August 4, 2018
Application Deadline February 12, 2018

If you could study with some of the world’s top thinkers on some of the world’s most important topics – war and grand strategy, economic policy, or political thought and philosophy – which would you choose?

Each year, the Hertog Foundation brings together top college students to the nation’s capital to explore the theory and practice of politics in an intensive seminar setting with outstanding faculty.

This summer’s offerings provide students the flexibility to create their ideal summer experience – by applying for a seven-week summer fellowship or choosing among one to two week seminars to create their own individualized course of study. Check back soon for more Summer 2018 course offerings!

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Political Studies Program

7 weeks / $2,000 stipend + housing

This highly competitive fellowship is designed to reflect the broad curriculum of the Hertog Foundation. Hertog Summer Fellows take courses in a wide variety of subjects, from political philosophy to contemporary public affairs, from economics to foreign policy. Twenty-four exceptional undergraduates and recent grads (2017 and 2018) will be invited to participate.

Summer Courses

1-2 weeks / $500-$1,000 stipend + housing

Students seeking a more specialized experience can apply to the courses within the Political Studies Program that best fit their interests and knowledge level. This option is also ideal for students who have other jobs, internships, or commitments during the summer. Up to 110 undergraduates and recent grads (2017 and 2018) will be selected to participate.

Students may apply simultaneously to both the seven-week Hertog Political Studies Program and to specific Hertog Summer Courses. Only one application is necessary to apply to any of our programs. Applicants who apply by our early decision deadline, Monday, January 15, 2018, can be accepted by Friday, March 2, 2018.

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Week 1

June 17 – June 23, 2018
What Is Liberal Education?
Reflect on the enduring value of liberal education and its importance for a free society.

Weeks 2 & 3 (Select a track)

June 24 – July 7, 2018
Great Debates: Ancients & Moderns
Explore the differences between ancient and modern political philosophy, with a focus on texts by Aristotle and Machiavelli.
June 24 – July 7, 2018
Statesmanship
Examine the idea of statesmanship, through a classic text and the statecraft of Abraham Lincoln.
June 24 – July 7, 2018
Traditions of Freedom
Study the intellectual roots of conservative thought, focusing on the works of Adam Smith and Edmund Burke.

Weeks 4 & 5 (Select a Track)

July 8 – July 21, 2018
American Political Thought
Engage key texts that have helped shape the political idea – and political ideals – of America.
July 8 – July 21, 2018
Literature and Politics
Explore the contributions of literature and rhetoric to the study of politics.

Weeks 6 & 7 (Select a Track)

July 22 – August 4, 2018
American Democratic Capitalism
Explore the intersection of theory and practice in our national politics, and particularly in our key economic debates.
July 22 – August 4, 2018
Varieties of American Conservatism
Explore the intellectual roots of modern conservatism.
JULY 22 – JULY 28, 2018
The Constitution, The Courts, and Conservatism
Explore the debates within conservative legal thought on the courts and the Constitution.
July 22 – July 28, 2018
Chinese Grand Strategy
Explore the implications of China’s global rise for US primacy and the liberal international order.
July 29 – August 4, 2018
Grand Strategy
Examine foundational texts on grand strategy and international order. 
July 29 – August 4, 2018
Russia: What’s Next?
Examine U.S.-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War, with a view toward exploring where to go from here.

Political Thought & Philosophy

June 17 – June 23, 2018
What Is Liberal Education?
Reflect on the enduring value of liberal education and its importance for a free society.
June 24 – July 7, 2018
Great Debates: Ancients & Moderns
Explore the differences between ancient and modern political philosophy, with a focus on texts by Aristotle and Machiavelli.
June 24 – July 7, 2018
Statesmanship
Examine the idea of statesmanship, through a classic text and the statecraft of Abraham Lincoln.
June 24 – July 7, 2018
Traditions of Freedom
Study the intellectual roots of conservative thought, focusing on the works of Adam Smith and Edmund Burke.
July 8 – July 21, 2018
American Political Thought
Engage key texts that have helped shape the political idea – and political ideals – of America.
July 8 – July 21, 2018
Literature and Politics
Explore the contributions of literature and rhetoric to the study of politics.

War & Foreign Affairs

June 10 – June 16, 2018
Nuclear Strategy and World Order
Explore the ways nuclear weapons have transformed the world we inhabit today.
July 20 – August 4, 2018
War Studies Program
Learn the theory, practice, organization, and control of war and military forces.
July 22 – July 28, 2018
Chinese Grand Strategy
Explore the implications of China’s global rise for US primacy and the liberal international order.
July 29 – August 4, 2018
Grand Strategy
Examine foundational texts on grand strategy and international order. 
July 29 – August 4, 2018
Russia: What’s Next?
Examine U.S.-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War, with a view toward exploring where to go from here.

Economics & Domestic Policy

July 22 – August 4, 2018
American Democratic Capitalism
Explore the intersection of theory and practice in our national politics, and particularly in our key economic debates.
JULY 22 – JULY 28, 2018
The Constitution, The Courts, and Conservatism
Explore the debates within conservative legal thought on the courts and the Constitution.
July 22 – August 4, 2018
Varieties of American Conservatism
Explore the intellectual roots of modern conservatism.

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Alumni Spotlight

MEREDITH POTTER

Meredith Potter participated in the Hertog Political Studies Program the same year she graduated from Yale University. She is now a Research Assistant for Dr. Henry Kissinger.

“I’ve always believed history explains much of the modern political landscape. I knew studying Aristotle, Machiavelli, and, in particular, the American Founders, could impart important lessons about the timeless characteristics of politics.”

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Understand the resurgence of populism in America.
April 13 – April 15, 2018
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Consider the strategic options for dealing with North Korea.