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
  • Aeschylus, Agamemnon
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (selections)
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus
  • Dana Johnson, "Melvin in the Sixth Grade"
  • Dante, Inferno (selections)
  • Dante, Purgatorio
  • Euclid, Elements (selections)
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "Declaration of Sentiments"
  • Galileo, The Starry Messenger
  • Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale"
  • Homer, The Odyssey
  • Langston Hughes, "Theme for English B"
  • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (selections)
  • Marie de France, The Lais (selections)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
  • Malcolm X, "The Ballot or The Bullet"
  • Matthew 5 –7, “Sermon on The Mount”
  • Plato, "The Allegory of the Cave"
  • Sappho, Sappho (selections)
  • Sophocles, Antigone
  • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (selections)
  • Thomas Jefferson, “The Declaration of Independence”
  • Toni Morrison, Lecture and Speech of Acceptance, Award for Nobel Prize
  • Ursula LeGuin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”