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Curriculum and Core Texts

These core text lists may be supplemented each year with two or three other texts. Next to the course number are listed the number of credit hours.

Freshman Seminars

HNRS 110 [5]: Foundations
Gilgamesh, Homer, The Odyssey, Hesiod, Theogony and Works and Days, Plato, The Last Days of Socrates, Ovid, Metamorphoses (Selections), Sophocles, Oedipus Rex, Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, The David Story. Supplemental texts: Music: Selected pieces, Art: Ancient and heroic art

HNRS 120 [5]: Liberty and America
Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, The Constitution of the United States of America, The Declaration of Independence, Lincoln, Speeches and Letters, Locke, Second Treatise on Government, Mill, On Liberty, Plato, The Republic, Toqueville, Democracy in America

HNRS 130 [5]: Scripture I
Bhagavad Gita, Genesis, Ruth, Micah, Jonah, Hosea, Job, Mendelssohn, Elijah (oratorio), Blake, engravings of Job and Genesis, Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel paintings. Supplemental texts: Other Old Testament Books, C.S. Lewis, Perelandra

Sophomore Seminars

HNRS 210 [4]: Cosmos
Bacon, Novum Organum, Galileo Galilei, Dialogue Concerning, the Two Chief World Systems, Hawking, A Brief History of Time, Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Lewis, The Discarded Image. Supplemental texts: Johnson, Darwin on Trial (audio), Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, Holst, The Planets (audio), 2001: A Space Odyssey (film)

HNRS 220 [4]: Self and Society
St. Augustine, Confessions, Austen, Persuasion, Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, Fugard, "Mater Harold"...and the Boys, James, Varieties of Religious Experience, White, Life Sketches, Woolf, A Room of One's Own. Supplemental texts: Freud, The Future of an Illusion, Naipaul, Among Believers, Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Rousseau, Confessions, Rushdie, Midnight's Children

HNRS 230 [4]: Scripture II
Mark, Acts, Romans, I John, Bach, St. John Passion (music). Supplemental texts: Various non-canonical NT texts, The Gospel According to St. Matthew (film), Jesus of Montreal (film), Pendereski, St. Luke Passion (music)

Junior Seminars

HNRS 310 [4]: Virtue
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Confucius, Analects, Thoreau, On Civil Disobedience, San Juan de la Crux, poems, Conrad, The Heart of Darkness, Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals, Weil, The Need for Roots, 21 Grams (film)

HNRS 320 [4]: Christianity
Athanasius, On the Incarnation, Bull and Lockhart, Seeking a Sanctuary, Dante, The Divine Comedy, Milton, Paradise Lost, Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, Luther (film) or The Mission (film), Requiem Mass, (selected musical score). Supplemental texts: C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Julian of Norwich, Showings

HNRS 349 [4]: Pattern
Dunham, Journey through Genius, Abbot, Flatland, Euclid, Elements (selections), Hofstadter, Godel, Escher, Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, Selected Works

Senior Seminars

HNRS 410 [4]: Alterity
Simone DeBeauvior, The Second Sex, Mahatma Gandhi: The Essential, Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas (selections), Franz Fanon: Black Skin, White Masks, Martin Luther King Jr.: "Letter from Birmingham Jail", V.S. Naipal: Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey, Edward W. Said, Orientalism, Jean-Paul Sartre: Anti-Semite and Jew: An Exploration of the Etiology of Hate, Rabindranath Tagore: Sadhana

HNRS 420 [4]: Progress
Huxley, Brave New World, Malthus, Essay on the Principle of Population, Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage, Heffery Sachs, The End of Poverty, E. F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful, Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, Voltaire, Candide

HNRS 498 [3]: Honors Project
An individual research or creative project designed to explore issues, ideas, or art forms encountered in the Honors seminars. Qualifies for IP grading.

Summer Abroad Seminars

HNRS 300 [5]: Beauty
Aristotle, Poetics, Burke, A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origins of Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful De Bottom, The Art of Travel (selection), Dewey, Art as Experience (selections), Greenberg, Modernist Painting (essay), Plato, Ion and The Republic (selection), Vasari, Lives of the Artists, Winterson, Art Objects (selection). Supplemental texts: Babette's Feast (film), Da Vinci, The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, Goldsworthy, Rivers and Tides (film), Michelangelo, Poems, Pollack (film), Potok, My Name is Asher Lev, Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring (music), Selected art, concerts, and architecture

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