Whether you’re taking part in virtual schooling for the foreseeable future and not attending conferences like you used to, or you’re out of the school age but still seeking to learn more about conservatism, politics, the Constitution, and more, Hillsdale Online has the answer for you. 

Anyone who has dabbled in the conservative movement knows about Hillsdale. They are a pillar of education for the conservative mind. In addition, they also have an active presence in DC–hosting their own internships, coordinating events, holding book talks, and more. 

Whether you’re near or far, in DC or in San Diego, you can still take advantage of some of Hillsdale’s online offerings.

ONLINE COURSES

Hillsdale Online offers several free, at-your-own-pace courses to help keep your mind growing. Some of them are sampled below. 

Constitution 101

The Constitution established a limited government, but a government with sufficient powers to protect Americans’ God-given rights to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” This course examines the design and purpose of the Constitution, the challenges it faced during the Civil War, how it has been undermined for over a century by progressivism and post-1960s liberalism, and how limited government under the Constitution might be revived.

The Great American Story

This course explores the history of America as a land of hope founded on high principles. In presenting the great triumphs and achievements of our nation’s past, as well as the shortcomings and failures, it offers a broad and unbiased study of the kind essential to the cultivation of intelligent patriotism.

The US Supreme Court

Article III of the U.S. Constitution vests the judicial power “in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.” According to Federalist 78, the judicial branch “will always be the least dangerous” to the liberty of the American people. Yet, judicial decisions have done much to advance a Progressive agenda that poses a fundamental threat to liberty. This course will consider several landmark Supreme Court cases in relation to the founders’ Constitution.

The Federalist Papers

Written between October 1787 and August 1788, The Federalist Papers is a collection of newspaper essays written in defense of the Constitution. Writing under the pen name Publius, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay explain the merits of the proposed Constitution, while confronting objections raised by its opponents. Thomas Jefferson described the work as “the best commentary on the principles of government, which ever was written.” This course will explore major themes of The Federalist Papers, such as the problem of majority faction, separation of powers, and the three branches of government.

Great Books 101

This course will introduce you to great books from antiquity to the medieval period. You will explore the writings of Homer, St. Augustine, Dante, and more. This course will challenge you to seek timeless lessons regarding human nature, virtue, self-government, and liberty in the pages of the great books. 

ONE-TIME Lectures

As with many institutions of higher learning, Hillsdale offers one-time lectures from their professors and visiting intellectuals. Many of which are filmed and able to be viewed from the comfort of your own home. 

You can check out the YouTube channel of Hillsdale in DC here for some videos including lectures by Amity Shales, Christopher Caldwell, and Mollie Hemingway. 

This is a great book talk on the book Justice on Trial by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino, as an example: 

They also have video playlists of lectures and speeches related to Culture & Art, Winston Chruchill, American Foreign Policy, and more.
Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member