The finest liberal arts program in politics and history in America.

What is an Ashbrook Scholar?

Welcome students! It may seem like a bold assertion to claim that the Ashbrook Scholar Program is the finest liberal arts program in politics and history in the nation, but for more than 30 years it has been living up to that claim, gaining a national reputation for the quality of the students it attracts and the superb faculty who teach them. These factors, coupled with a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum that emphasizes the reading of original historical texts and documents, come together to form an undergraduate program that cannot be found anywhere else in the country. It is a rigorous program for serious, public-spirited students with a passion for civic leadership.

The education of a free mind begins at the source.

“The study of political life is an essential part of becoming a free person.”

Jeff Sikkenga, Executive Director

Still undecided? Visit us!

During your visit, you will sit on classes, meet the faculty, and speak to students who are currently in the program, giving yourself a fuller picture of what your life will be like as an Ashbrook Scholar.

Internships: Take your education outside of the classroom and into the real world.

Our national network of friends, colleagues, and alumni gives us many points of contact for current Ashbrook Scholars seeking internships or jobs, and our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping students with career placement. We work with our students to find an internship that is a good fit for their ambitions, and then assist them with résumé writing, interview preparation, and often also contribute to them financially to help cover their housing and travel.