Reading List

Freshman Year

Course Professor Reading
The Scientific and Romantic Revolutions (1 unit)
Profs. Tim Lulofs and George Erving
  • Brecht. Galileo (Grove Press)

    Voltaire. Candide (Norton, 2nd ed.)

  • Voltaire. Letters on England (Penguin)

  • Blake. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (Dover)

    Shelley. Frankenstein (Broadview, 3rd ed.)

  • Erving and Lulofs. Course Reader (posted on Moodle)
  • Hacker and Sommers. A Writer's Reference, 7th ed. (University of Puget Sound/Bedford St. Martin's)
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
Literary Odysseys: The Hero's Journey Home (Humanistic Approaches Core) (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). You may substitute another class for the fourth.

Sophomore and Junior Years

Course Professor Reading
Honors 206
The Arts of the Classical World
and the Middle Ages (Fine Arts Core)
(1 unit)
Prof. Kriszta Kotsis
  • Marilyn Stokstad and Michael Cothren. Art History, Vol. 1, 5th ed., (Pearson, 2013)
  • Reading Packet with various 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
Origins of the Modern World View (Natural Scientific Approaches Core) (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 and 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

A Mathematical Exploration of Symmetry (Mathematical Approaches Core) (1 unit)

Prof. James Bernhard
  • Reading list TBD

Honors 214
Interrogating Society (Social Scientific Approaches Core) (1 unit)

Prof. Suzanne Holland
  • Reading list TBD

Senior Year

Course Professor Reading

Honors 401
What is America? (Connections)

(1 unit)

Prof. Paul Loeb
  • Max Weber. Protestant Ethic

    Jean Baudrillard. America

    Alexis de Tocqueville. Democracy in America 

         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

Honors Thesis

Course Credit Thesis Guidelines
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.