Reading List

Freshman Year

Course Professor Reading
Honors 101
Encountering the
Other / Writing
the Self (1 unit)
Prof. Denise Despres
  • Shakespeare. Othello: The Moor of Venice, ed. Kim F. Hall (Bedford)   
  • Shakespeare. The Tempest, A Case Study in Critical Controversy, ed. Gerald Graff and James Phelan, (Bedford)   
  • Sir Walter Raleigh. The Discovery of Guiana (Bedford)
  • Shusaku Endo, The Samurai (New Directions)
  • Sir John Mandeville. The Book of Marvels and Travels, trans. Anthony Bale  (Oxford UP)
  • John E. Wills Jr. The World from 1450-1700 (Oxford UP)
  • Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers. A Writer’s Reference, Seventh Edition. University of Puget Sound. (Bedford St. Martin’s)
Honors 150
European Past Lives:
A Seminar in Historical
Inquiry (1 unit)
Profs. David Smith and
Kristin Johnson
  • 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. Andrew Rex
  • 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)
  • Rene Descartes, Dioptrics
  • Thomas Young, “Experiments and Calculations Relative to Physical Optics

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

Prof. Jason Preszler
  • 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
  • Snapper, Ernst, The Three Crises in Mathematics: Logicism, Intuitionism, and Formalism
  • Mathematics Magizine, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Sept. 1979) pp 207-216, Avail on JStore

Honors 214
Social Scientific Approaches
to Knowing (1 unit)

Prof. Paul Loeb
  • 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
The Self & The Other in Postmodernity (1 unit)

Prof. Suzanne Holland
  • Kierkegaard, Søren. Fear and Trembling, (Princeton University Press, 1983)
  • Levinas, Emmanuel. Ethics and Infinity, (Pittsburg: Duquesne University Press, 1995)
  • There will be additional readings on Moodle, which you will compile into a Reader (3-hole punch binder is fine.)

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.