Academics

Participants enroll in the following two courses:

Political Science 101, Introduction to American Politics (3 credit hours). The course emphasizes constitutional principles of the U.S. government. Students will investigate political procedures, electoral processes, and political institutions. 

Speech 102, Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 credit hours). In this course students will learn how to organize, prepare, and deliver speeches in a variety of public forums. 

Washington, D.C. Trip

To enhance their studies at the University, Lott Leadership Institute students traditionally travel to Washington, D.C. for a five-day visit (not including two travel days). While in D.C., participants visit with federal officials, including U.S. Representatives and Senators. Additionally, participants visit with leaders in industry and in the nonprofit sector. 

This year with the uncertainties of the pandemic, we may not be able to travel to Washington, D.C. However, we have confidence that we can bring D.C. to you, and in fact we have found that some of our most in-demand presenters are much easier to schedule virtually. The Lott Institute is committed to the vision of this program, connecting rising leaders with experienced ones.

What Students are Saying

Former participants have shared their feedback with us. Take a look!


“I had a great experience that I wish every single rising senior in the nation could experience. It is something I will never forget.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2017

“I will always recommend my peers to do this program - whether they are interested in public policy or not - because it left such an impact on me.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2018

“The people I've met there I will always hold close to my heart. The Lott Leadership program was without a doubt the best 5 weeks of my life.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2018