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Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise 

The Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise (ISFE) is not a traditional academic department, but rather a university-wide, multi-disciplinary institute housed in the Provost's office. The view expressed by the Institute and its affiliates are their personal views and are not meant to represent the views of Oklahoma State University.

Our Focus

The Institute fosters campus-wide discussions on issues related to value creation in society, competitive markets, economic freedom, personal liberty and human flourishing. In particular, the Institute focuses on teaching and research related to:

Foundational issues in:

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Markets and morality
  • Regulation

Application of free market principles to:

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Energy 
  • Health care 

Educational Instruction -- The Institute coordinates and sponsors OSU courses related to free enterprise. Courses are offered at all levels: undergraduate general education and upper division, masters and doctoral. Courses offered include a variety of formats, including traditional face-to-face, online or hybrid/blended options.


OSU Community -- The Institute sponsors the Free Enterprise Society, a student-run academic society that provides the OSU community with speakers, faculty-student dinner/discussion groups, networking events and other educational activities. The Society is non-partisan and does not engages in any form of political advocacy. 


Research -- The Institute supports the research efforts of OSU faculty through research colloquia. Visiting scholars, faculty fellowships, doctoral fellowships, doctoral scholarships and professorships. Faculty fellowships and professorships as well as doctoral fellowships and scholarships are open to faculty and doctoral students from any department at OSU

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