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The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) was founded in 1967 to help instill in young people an appreciation for the American form of government and the free-enterprise system. TFAS offers students a comprehensive education that includes unique academic courses for credit, professional development and internships that provide hands-on experience. The ultimate objective is to encourage the vibrant, engaged citizenship that is necessary for a healthy democracy.

My TFAS experience in D.C. has forever changed my outlook toward a free society, democracy and my future. I have grown both personally and professionally.” – Winston Pierre (IPJ 14)

Today, TFAS conducts summer and semester-length academic programs in Washington, D.C. as well as international programs in the Czech Republic, Hong Kong and Latin America. These programs are led by outstanding faculty who present the ideas of freedom in the context of a particular region or field of study.

Additionally, TFAS hosts multiple programs to continue the education of its alumni after they have completed the institutes. TFAS also organizes journalism conferences around the country each year and sponsors award programs to encourage honest and objective journalism.

Our Faculty

Since its founding, TFAS has specialized in offering college courses that engage students in a rigorous examination of the values of a free society. For many students, TFAS professors provide a unique window to ideas or subject matter not covered at their home universities. That's why we take such care in hiring our faculty. We seek professors who have a passion for our mission and offer a dynamic teaching style that connects with young people to bring the ideas of liberty to life.

International Programs


Economics and Leadership Programs for High School Students

TFAS strategic partner, the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE), is a national leader in conducting economic education programs for high school students and working with teachers to develop lesson plans and exercises for teaching economics.