First-year seminar: the land of giants and their shoulders

For some, it is designed to “help students prepare for the transition from high school to college”.

For others, it provides an  opportunity to “ponder the relationship between private and public narratives and forms of representation in a range of texts and cultural traditions”.

In the latter case, students are required to read books:

Fall semester:

  • Genesis
  • Plato, Symposium
  • Virgil, The Aeneid
  • Virgil, The Aeneid
  • St. Augustine, Confessions
  • Dante, Inferno
  • William Shakespeare, Othello
  • Galileo Galilei, Discoveries and Opinions

Spring semester:

  • Pascal, Pensées
  • W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk
  • Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
  • Karl Marx and F. Engels, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Second Discourse on Inequality
  • Mary Shelley,  Frankenstein
  • Levi, Periodic Table
  • Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse