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The Kirkpatrick Signature Series

A Foundation in American Vision and Values

At Bellevue University, we believe that the vision and values of American democracy and free enterprise are foundational to our success and culture as a country. The Signature Series focuses on the various institutions and traditions of Western Civilization that have achieved unprecedented success in the United States. It finds ground for intellectual, social, and cultural progress through the productive tensions that can arise between tradition and change, freedom and responsibility.

The series also highlights the importance of active citizenship in a rapidly changing world; one in which popular government, Western tradition, and American values are sometimes severely tested. With an emphasis on active intellectual discussion and experiential learning, this series affirms the values of limited government, popular rule, entrepreneurial processes, and reflective inquiry.

The Kirkpatrick Signature Series fits an information-age philosophy and reflects a dynamic approach to the complex realities of life in the 21st century.

The Kirkpatrick Signature Series comprises three courses (9 credits), all of which are required for a bachelor's degree:

  • LA400 American Vision and Values (3 credits)
    This course focuses on the political and philosophical traditions of the American republic, especially as embedded in the ideals, values, traditions, founding documents, and institutions of the United States.
  • LA 410 Tradition and Change (3 credits)
    This course focuses on the creative tensions that exist between the forces of tradition and change as the country undergoes social, cultural, and political change. It considers the manner in which change can renew the vitality of a republic.
  • LA 420 Freedom and Responsibility (3 credits)
    This course examines civic engagement in relation to individual freedoms and responsibilities. It fosters engaged citizens, empowered to effect positive change.
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