Reading List

Freshman Year

Course Professor Reading
Scientific and Romantic Revolutions. 
the Self (1 unit)
Prof. Tim Lulofs
  • Aristotle. Physics

    Brecht. Galileo

    Voltaire. Candide

    Blake. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

    Coleridge. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    Byron. Manfred

    Shelley. Frankenstein

European Past Lives:
A Seminar in Historical
Inquiry (1 unit)

Profs. Kristin Johnson

Katherine Smith

  • Augustine. The Confessions, trans. Henry Chadwick (Oxford, 2009)

    Guibert of Nogent. Monodies and On the Relics of Saints: The Autobiography and a Manifesto of a French Monk from the Time of the Crusades, ed. and trans. Joseph

    McAlhany and Jay Rubenstein (Penguin, 2011)

    Niccolo Machiavelli. The Discourses, trans. Walker and Richardson (Penguin, 1970)

    Michel de Montaigne. Selected Essays (Penguin, 1992)

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Confessions (Penguin, 1963)

    Vera Brittain. Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the years 1900-1925 (Penguin, 1994)

    Edmund Gosse. Father and Son, ed. Michael Newton, (Oxford, 2009)

Honors 211
Literature and the Construction
of the Self (1 unit)
Profs. George Erving
and Aislinn Melchior
  • Homer, Odyssey, trans. Stanley Lombardo (Hackett)
  • Virgil, Aeneid, trans. Mandelbaum (Bantam)
  • Dante, Inferno, trans. Mandelbaum (Bantam)
  • Joyce, Ulysses, ed. Gabler (Vintage)

For sophomores and juniors, three of the following four classes are required (preferably taken in numerical order).

Sophomore and Junior Years

Course Professor Reading
Honors 206
The Arts of the Classical World
and the Middle Ages
(1 unit)
Prof. Kriszta Kotsis
  • Marilyn Stokstad and Michael Cothren. Art History, Vol. 1, 5th ed., (Pearson, 2013)
  • Reading Packet with miscellaneous articles
  • Recommended only:
  • S. Barnet. A Short Guide to Writing About Art
    Hudson, S. and N. Noonan-Morrissey. The Art of Writing about Art
Honors 212
Natural World (1 unit)
Prof. David Latimer
  • Voltaire. Philosophical Letters, trans. Dilworth

    David C. Cassidy. Einstein and Our World

    Newton. Opticks

    Thomas Hankins. Science and the Enlightenment

    B.J. Dobbs & M.C. Jacob. Newton and the Culture of Newtonianism

    Thomas S. Kuhn. The Copernican Revolution

    David Park. The Fire Within the Eye

    Christian Huygens. A Treatise on Light  (selections)

    René Descartes. Dioptrics

    Thomas Young. Experiments and Calculations Relative to Physical Optics”

Honors 213
Mathematical Reasoning: Foundations
of Geometry (1 unit)

Prof. James Bernhard
  • Marvin Jay Greenberg. Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometries

    Robert Simson. The Elements of Euclid

    John Keill. Euclid’s Elements of Geometry

    John Bolyai. The Science Absolute of Space

    N. Lobachevskii. Geometrical Researches of the Theory of Parallels

    David Hilbert. Foundations of Geometry

    Imre Lakatos. Proofs and Refutations, The Logic of Mathematical Discovery

    Henri Poincaré, Science and Hypothesis

    Ernst Snapper. The Three Crises in Mathematics: Logicism, Intuitionism, and Formalism

    Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Sept. 1979) pp. 207 – 216 (available on JStor)

Honors 214
Social Scientific Approaches
to Knowing (1 unit)

Prof. Suzanne Holland
  • Machiavelli, The Prince, trans. Russell Price
  • Rousseau, The Social Contract,trans. Cole
  • Marx and Engels, The German Ideology, trans. C.J. Arthur
  • Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto, trans. John Toews
  • Mill, On Liberty
  • Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, trans. Douglas Smith
  • Foucault, Discipline and Punish, trans. Alan Sheridan
  • Sandoval, Methodology of the Oppressed
  • Rawls, The Law of Peoples

Junior Year

Course Professor Reading

Honors 401
What is America?

(1 unit)

Prof. Paul Loeb
  • Max Weber’s Protestant Ethic

    Jean Baudrillard’s America.

    Alexis de Tocqueville’s

    Democracy in America and

    Film: Wolf of Wallstreet

    Henry Thoreau.Walden

    Film: Into the Wild

    William James. Varieties of Religious Experience

    Film: The Master

    W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk

    Film: 12 Years a Slave

    Emily Dickinson. Final Harvest

    Betty Friedan. Feminine Mystique

    Film: The Searchers

    Cormac McCarthy. Blood Meridian

    Benjamin Franklin. Autobiography

    Film: The Social Network

    Tom Wolfe. The Right Stuff

    Don DeLillo. White Noise

Senior Year

Course Credit Reading
Honors Thesis Credit is optional (1 or 2 units)

Successful completion of the Honors curriculum (a minimum of 7 units), the normal requirements for graduation, and the research, writing, and presentation of a senior thesis make the student eligible for graduation as a Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Scholar.