The Liberal Arts Program in Political Economy and History

Study economics and history with one of today’s leading thinkers in the Classical economic tradition, in a one-on-one and small group mentorship model.

Who we are.

The Vega Institute of Political Economy offers a four-year, full-time residential undergraduate-level program in Political Economy and History, for Fall 2017. The program embraces the best traditions of American liberal arts education, and serves as a strong foundation for careers in business, finance, law and government.


Mentor-Student Model

Students get close personal attention and guidance appropriate to their individual needs, interests, development and character. The student/mentor ratio will not exceed 12:1.

Liberal Arts

This program returns to the original goals of liberal-arts education in the West: to provide a foundation of knowledge, insight and wisdom that can be drawn upon throughout one’s life, which allows one to play a productive leadership role in a free society, and which can later be transmitted to a younger generation.


Meet the Program Director

Nathan Lewis

The program is led by Nathan Lewis. He is the author of three books on economics, plus hundreds of short-form items and columns. He has fifteen years of experience in the asset-management industry, as a macro analyst for institutional investors and as a money manager. He has participated in major television documentaries on economic topics in China, Russia and South Korea, and has been a speaker at events hosted by the Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, American Principles Project, and other organizations. He has testified in U.S. Congress on economic topics, has helped craft bills for U.S. Congresspeople, and has served as an advisor to foreign governments. He graduated from Dartmouth College.


Classical Economics

The program concentrates on the principles and practical application of Classical economics at a high level; the broader historical perspective in which economic or business concerns take place; and the founding principles of the American democratic republic.

Robert M. Hutchins, president of the University of Chicago (1929-1945) said:

[L]iberal education…is the education that prepares us to be free men. You have to have this education if you … are going to be an effective citizen of a democracy; for citizenship requires that…you do not leave your duties to be performed by others … A free society is composed of freemen. To be free you have to be educated for freedom.