The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion.

The aim of the Thomas Jefferson Center is to realize Jefferson's vision of educating citizens and leaders to understand the meaning of liberty and to exercise it wisely. We share Jefferson's conviction that one of the best ways to attain a liberal education--an education suited for a free individual in a free society--is through a serious study of the great books. In our courses, students will engage in a direct, respectful, but probing and critical study of major creative and theoretical works that have shaped human thought and history. They will enter into debates about human nature, ethics, and the meaning of life. They will learn skills of critical reasoning, close reading, and clear, cogent writing. They will join a community of scholars drawn from many departments and many schools of thought, united by a passion for fundamental questions, a spirit of friendly debate, and a willingness to engage in critical self-scrutiny.

We offer for students in all colleges the Certificate in Core Texts and Ideas, which provides an integrated path through UT's core curriculum based on a study of the great books. Outstanding freshmen and sophomores interested in pursuing this program through an integrated learning community may apply for the Jefferson Scholars Program. In collaboration with the The Center for European Studies, we offer an interdisciplinary major in European Thought. We sponsor post-doctoral fellowships, a lecture series, the Jefferson Center book club, and other symposia for the university and broader community.



Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Information Sessions

Monday, November 4

12:00pm & 1:00pm

GEB 3.312

Students and advisors are welcome to join CESCREEESSAICMES, and LLILAS for information sessions about the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships, which provide over $1 million in funding from the US Department of Education to UT undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines to study foreign languages and cultures! 

A brief presentation on the FLAS Fellowship program, including application requirements, program benefits, and responsibilities of awarded students will be followed by a Q&A session with UT FLAS Coordinators.  

Food and refreshments will be provided on a first come, first served basis.


Qualifying languages include: Arabic, Bengali (Bangla), Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch (Flemish), French*, German*, Hebrew (modern), Hindi, Italian, Malayalam, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Quechuan, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish*, Swedish, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Yiddish, and other approved contemporary languages of the world regions represented! 

(Note: Fellowships for languages followed by an asterisk * are only available to graduate students and at the intermediate level or above.)

Center for European Studies | The University of Texas at Austin

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