Hillsdale is one of the only colleges in America that openly embraces conservatism.

Inside Higher Ed reports:

Hillsdale College Expands to Capitol Hill

Hillsdale College, a conservative private institution located in Michigan, plans to introduce a Washington, D.C.-based graduate program this January. The Steve and Amy Van Andel Graduate School in Government will offer a master’s degree in government.

“Our students will study politics as a human activity oriented toward justice — a series of choices that require prudence to achieve the best attainable results,” Matthew Spalding, the new school’s dean, said in a news release announcing the launch.

The graduate program is aimed toward working professionals in law, media, government or the nonprofit sector. Courses will be offered on weekends and evenings to accommodate their schedules.

Hillsdale has long drawn attention, and criticism, for voluntarily opting out of federal aid programs, in part to avoid some federal reporting requirements. The college, which does not accept any state or federal funding, is well-known in some conservative circles, and Vice President Mike Pence gave the commencement speech at Hillsdale in 2018. (Note: This paragraph has been changed from a previous version to correct a reference to Hillsdale’s reasons for opting out of federal aid.)

Students should be able to complete new degree’s 36 credit hours within two and a half to three years. The program will focus on the American political tradition, with an emphasis on the study of primary source documents from the nation’s founding. Students will be offered courses on the Constitution and American political philosophy, and promotional materials emphasize building students of character who are able to self-govern.


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