We are an interdisciplinary program that seeks to foster understanding and critical evaluation of the ideas that have played an important role in American society and public life. We also examine how political ideals and beliefs about human flourishing have shaped American institutions. Particular attention is paid to the American Founding.
In addition to our undergraduate courses and programs, AVI works with students involved in the Visions of Freedom Living Learning Community to plan trips and other activities. We also sponsor numerous conferences, speakers, and an annual Constitution Day Lecture. Check out our calendar for information about upcoming events.