FIRE’s Syllabus Database

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FIRE’s Syllabus Database

As many members of FIRE’s Faculty Network teach courses centering on freedom of expression and many others are interested in studying the issue further or teaching such courses themselves, FIRE was inspired to create this syllabus database. We hope that it will serve as both a valuable reference tool and a means of networking faculty.

This database is a work in progress that will be updated as new syllabi are added, and FIRE may add new features to it as the collection of syllabi grows larger and more diverse. Here are some tips for using the database in its current version:

  • The syllabi are currently split into four categories: Humanities & Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Law, and Other. The “Other” category frequently includes specialized course designations that may be specific to a particular institution (e.g., “Honors Seminar,” “First Year Experience”). These courses are often interdisciplinary as well, defying standard categorization.
  • Currently, the database can be filtered according to whether courses are designed for undergraduate or graduate students, as well as by their category. We may add additional filtering capabilities as the database grows in size and diversity.
  • The entries in the “Department” column reflect university departments as they are labeled at the university where a specific course is taught.
  • Light redactions are made to each syllabus to remove contact information for instructors and teaching assistants, as well as any information that may reference individual students.
  • All syllabi in this database are volunteered by the instructors themselves, and FIRE will not add syllabi to this database without their consent.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the database, please feel free to email If you are interested in submitting a database for consideration, you may do so using this form

Currently, the syllabus database is primarily intended as a resource for member’s of FIRE’s Faculty Network, and requires a username and password to access. Faculty can sign up by following this link, and will be provided with information on accessing the database on signing up for the network. General inquiries about using the database can also be directed by email to