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Master of Liberal Studies

Civics and the American Founding Program

A program of graduate courses designed to help teachers respond to the new Illinois civics requirement for high school students, offered through the Master of Liberal Studies Program of Lake Forest College. 

Civics and the American Founding program brings together small groups of high school teachers in special graduate seminars, led by members of the faculty of Lake Forest College’s Master of Liberal Studies program. These seminars focus on key issues and documents of political thought that have shaped our nation’s history.  Support for this program is provided by the Jack Miller Center through the Harvey L. Miller Founding Civics Initiative. 

SUMMER 2018 — Introducing a new Civics course

MLS 582 — “Iconic Supreme Court Cases,” Professor Evan Oxman

American political and legal history is filled with important and influential Supreme Court cases that have dramatically shaped our constitutional tradition. In this course, we will carefully examine a number of iconic cases, such as Marbury v. Madison, Dred Scott v. Sanford, Roe v. Wade, and Obergefell v. Hodges  (to name just a few), with an eye towards understanding their continuing legacies and significance. In addition to analyzing these cases on their own terms, we will also rely on them to illuminate broader questions concerning the proper role of the Supreme Court in our democracy.

Key information:

  • The course carries 4 semester hours of graduate credit or 60 PD hours.
  • Full tuition grants for working high school teachers thanks to the support of the Jack Miller Center.
  • Classes are on Fridays in June and July, with four face-to-face meetings (and the balance of the work on-line).
  • Presentations of class projects on Friday, August 3, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Class meetings are on the campus of Lake Forest College.
  • Schedule:
    Friday, June 15, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Friday, June 29, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Friday, July 13, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Friday, July 27, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Friday, August 3, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Presentations of Class Projects
  • Teachers may take a Civics seminar as a stand-alone course or matriculate into the MLS program. Ideal for American history, government, or civics teachers, given the new State of Illinois Civics requirement.
  • Registration for this Summer 2018 course is now open. Click here for application form.

Tuition

Full tuition grants for high school teachers in the Civics and the American Founding Program are supported by the Jack Miller Center through the Harvey L. Miller Founding Civics Initiative. For more information about the Jack Miller Center, see here.

Questions

For more information about the program and the Fall and Spring seminars call Carol Gayle, Associate Director of Lake Forest College’s MLS program, at 847-735-5083, or email her at gayle@lakeforest.edu.