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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


Spring 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. To apply for this scholarship, a student must be enrolled in the Primary Texts Certificate program and must have taken, or be taking, DAS 300. The revision (which will take place after the student has been awarded the scholarship) should entail a significant use of primary texts. As a part of their application, students must submit the paper they wish to develop or a description of the research they will undertake, a cover letter discussing their plan, a proposed deadline for submitting the completed paper, and any ideas they have for publication/presentation of the finished paper. They should also submit an academic transcript and a resume. Subsequent development of the research will take place under the guidance of the program director within the confines of one semester.

Submit the following to Dr. Laurie Johnson (lauriej@ksu.edu) via email attachment:

  • The paper that will be revised
  • A cover letter describing what revisions will be made, and any plans on presenting the paper at a conference
  • A deadline for submitting the completed paper, which can be included in the cover letter
  • An academic transcript
  • A resume




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Member, The Association of Core Texts and Courses

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Crossing Borders: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship