Applications Open for Core Text Sequence in Citizenship & Constitutional Government

Author: Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government

Core Texts Course Poster 2022-2023

The Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government is pleased to announce this call for applications for a year-long “Core Texts in Citizenship & Constitutional Government” sequence with Professors Susan Collins and Mary Keys. Now being offered for the second year in a row, the sequence will take place during the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters, with Prof. Collins leading the first semester on classical and ancient authors and Prof. Keys teaching modern texts in the second semester. 

The sequence is open to Constitutional Studies minors and Political Science majors in good standing, with the expectation that students will complete both semester courses. Students who complete the sequence will receive six credits in total, three credits each semester.

Sequence Course Description

The “Core Texts in Citizenship & Constitutional Government'' course sequence offers a select group of students an opportunity to study some of the seminal texts in history and philosophy of constitutional government. Students will study classical texts with Prof. Susan Collins and modern texts with Prof. Mary Keys, including: Plato, Aristotle, the Bible, Augustine, Aquinas, Locke, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and others. Through small seminars, students will engage in a year-long conversation about justice, equality, liberty, and the rule of law. 

The sequence is designed for students looking for and willing to engage in deep, deliberate, and careful study of core texts of Western constitutionalism. 

Application Information 

Applications for the Core Texts Sequence in Citizenship & Constitutional Government are due by noon Monday, April 10, 2023; applications received after that time cannot be guaranteed full consideration. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the course in time to register into the appropriate fall class. Anyone with questions about the course is encouraged to contact Soren Grefenstette ( 

Please note that applicants must be enrolled in the Constitutional Studies minor or must major in Political Science. If you are interested in declaring the minor, please contact Mrs. Grefenstette. 

To apply, please complete this form.

UPDATE: After April 10, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.