Western Tradition I for Transfers

This first seminar for transfer students develops the skills of critical thinking, critical reading and writing, and shared inquiry that are foundational to the Collegiate Seminar Program. 

Students will read, write about and discuss a selection of classical, early Christian and medieval texts from the Western tradition.

The reading list is current but subject to modification. From some texts selections are read.

 Reading List
  • Langston Hughes, "Theme for English B"
  • LeGuin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”
  • Genesis 1-11
  • Toni Morrison, Lecture and Speech of Acceptance, Award for Nobel Prize
  • Spiegelman, Maus
  • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
  • Plato, Crito
  • Martin Luther King, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
  • Jefferson, “The Declaration of Independence”
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
  • Christine de Pisan, The Book of the City of Ladies
  • Matthew 5 –7, “Sermon on The Mount”
  • Aquinas, Summa TheologicaDante, Inferno
  • Momaday, "The Way to Rainy Mountain"
  • Aeschylus, Agamemnon
  • Homer, The Odyssey
  • Terry Tempest Williams, "The Clan of One-Breasted Women