SEM 102: 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
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (selections)
  • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (selections)
  • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (selections)
  • Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale"
  • Dante, Inferno (selections)
  • Dante, Purgatorio
  • Marie de France, The Lais (selections)
  • al-Haytham, The Book of Optics (selections
  • Galileo, The Starry Messenger
  • Homer, The Odyssey
  • Langston Hughes, "Theme for English B"
  • Thomas Jefferson, “The Declaration of Independence”
  • Dana Johnson, "Melvin in the Sixth Grade"
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
  • Ursula LeGuin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”
  • Matthew 5 –7, “Sermon on The Mount”
  • Toni Morrison, Lecture and Speech of Acceptance, Award for Nobel Prize
  • Plato, "The Allegory of the Cave"
  • Sappho, Sappho (selections)
  • Sophocles, Antigone
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "Declaration of Sentiments"
  • Malcolm X, "The Ballot or The Bullet"