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Primary Texts Certificate

Prof. Laurie M. Johnson
Director, Primary Texts Certificate
c/o Department of Political Science, Waters Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

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Primary Texts Certificate

"Supposing is good,
but finding out is better."
-Mark Twain in Eruption; Mark Twain's Autobiography


 Summer and Fall Course Lists.  All Approved Course List

Our Core Course: The Great Conversation

The Capstone Paper

Earn a Certificate in the Study of Arts and Sciences Through Primary Texts while fulfilling some of your basic requirements in Arts and Sciences (or just to enrich your educational experience). Students take courses emphasizing original works instead of textbooks. For example, instead of reading only a textbook in Physics, read selections from Galileo and Einstein, too. Instead of an American Government textbook as your main source, read Madison, Hamilton and Jay. Graduate with a certificate that shows you've been exposed to some of the greatest books in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.


Swogger Scholarship
The Primary Texts Program is offering the Swogger Primary Texts Scholarship to a student enrolled in the Certificate program that has taken, or is currently taking, DAS 300. Students who obtain the scholarship will develop a piece of research they have already undertaken (preferably in a primary texts course) for potential publication in an undergraduate journal or presentation at a conference or other venue. The scholarship deadline is May 31st, 2016. More information can be found on the application at: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eYf2wk6KZrJ34UJ 



Online Primary Texts Certificate

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Member, The Association of Core Texts and Courses

Agora: Journal for Undergraduate Scholarly Papers (ACTC Affiliated Journal)

Crossing Borders: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship