Hertog Summer 2017: Political Studies & Summer Courses

WASHINGTON, DC | June 18 – August 5, 2017
Application Deadline Monday, February 6, 2017 / Early Decision: Monday, December 5, 2016

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.

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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 (2016 and 2017) 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 99 undergraduates and recent grads (2016 and 2017) 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, December 5, 2016, can be accepted by Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

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Week 1

June 18 – June 24, 2017
What Is Political Philosophy?
Explore the work of Leo Strauss, one of the twentieth century’s most consequential teachers and scholars of political philosophy.

Weeks 2 & 3 (Select a track)

June 25 – July 8, 2017
Classical Political Philosophy
Survey the origins and development of political thought in ancient Greece, with a focus on central texts by Plato and Aristotle.
June 25 – July 8, 2017
Fundamentals of Modern Political Philosophy
Study classic texts in modern political philosophy, focusing on the works of Machiavelli and John Locke.
June 25 – July 8, 2017
Traditions of Freedom
Explore foundations of conservative political thought in the works of Adam Smith and Edmund Burke.

Weeks 4 & 5 (Select a track)

July 9 – July 22, 2017
American Political Thought
Engage key texts that have helped shape the political idea – and political ideals – of America.
July 9 – July 22, 2017
Literature and Politics
Explore the contributions of literature and rhetoric to the study of politics.

Weeks 6 & 7 (Select a track)

July 23 – August 5, 2017
American Democratic Capitalism
Explore the intersection of theory and practice in our national politics, and particularly in our key economic debates.
July 23 – July 29, 2017
Landmark Supreme Court Cases
Study landmark Supreme Court cases from the past 50 years with a view to exploring how politics and law interact.
July 23 – July 29, 2017
Thucydides and Today’s Challenges
Read Thucydides as a series of case studies, setting up a discussion of contemporary strategic problems.
July 23 – July 29, 2017
Varieties of American Conservatism, Part 1
Explore the intellectual roots of modern conservatism.
July 30 – August 5, 2017
Varieties of American Conservatism, Part 2
Chart the evolution of American conservative thought from the 1960s to the present day.
July 30 – August 5, 2017
Grand Strategy
Study the concept of grand strategy and how U.S. grand strategy has evolved since the founding of the republic.
July 30 – August 5, 2017
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 25 – July 8, 2017
Classical Political Philosophy
Survey the origins and development of political thought in ancient Greece, with a focus on central texts by Plato and Aristotle.
June 25 – July 8, 2017
Fundamentals of Modern Political Philosophy
Study classic texts in modern political philosophy, focusing on the works of Machiavelli and John Locke.
June 25 – July 8, 2017
Traditions of Freedom
Explore foundations of conservative political thought in the works of Adam Smith and Edmund Burke.
July 9 – July 22, 2017
American Political Thought
Engage key texts that have helped shape the political idea – and political ideals – of America.
July 9 – July 22, 2017
Literature and Politics
Explore the contributions of literature and rhetoric to the study of politics.

War & Foreign Affairs

July 23 – July 29, 2017
Thucydides and Today’s Challenges
Read Thucydides as a series of case studies, setting up a discussion of contemporary strategic problems.
July 28 – August 12, 2017
War Studies Program
Learn the theory, practice, organization, and control of war and military forces.
July 30 – August 5, 2017
Chinese Grand Strategy
Explore the implications of China’s global rise for US primacy and the liberal international order.
July 30 – August 5, 2017
Grand Strategy
Study the concept of grand strategy and how U.S. grand strategy has evolved since the founding of the republic.
July 30 – August 5, 2017
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 23 – August 5, 2017
American Democratic Capitalism
Explore the intersection of theory and practice in our national politics, and particularly in our key economic debates.
July 23 – July 29, 2017
Landmark Supreme Court Cases
Study landmark Supreme Court cases from the past 50 years with a view to exploring how politics and law interact.
July 23 – July 29, 2017
Varieties of American Conservatism, Part 1
Explore the intellectual roots of modern conservatism.
July 30 – August 5, 2017
Varieties of American Conservatism, Part 2
Chart the evolution of American conservative thought from the 1960s to the present day.