Academic Enrichment

Throughout their four years at the University of Louisville, McConnell Scholars are given the opportunity for out-of-classroom academic enrichment through a series of seminars, lectures, and readings.

Liberal Arts Education: A Lifetime of Learning

Scholars regularly take part in liberal arts seminars and "great book" discussions. Topics vary considerably and have included sessions on "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" as well as "Augustine's Confessions" and "Plato's Republic." Outside of the Program, Scholars excel in a variety of disciplines including the arts, engineering, music, pre-medicine, pre-law, and political science, among others.


McConnell Scholars regularly participate in Socratic-style seminars.  The seminars are an integral part of the McConnell Scholars' liberal arts education.  Topics vary from popular books, such as The Hunger Games or Harry Potter, to topics such as "Religions of the East" and "Censorship in the Middle Ages."

Seminar leaders include authors, professors, visiting guests, McConnell Center Senior Fellows, McConnell Center Alumni, and current scholars.

Often, seminars require supplemental readings, including online articles and excerpts from books and novels.


Each Fall and Spring, the McConnell Center hosts a series of public lectures.  In the past, series topics have included "reTHINKing Big Ideas" and "Remembering America."

Though open to the public, the lectures often coincide with the McConnell Scholar seminars and further supplement the in-class instruction that scholars receive.