Honor Reading Seminars

Honors reading seminars are small-group discussion courses normally meeting for one hour per week and following one book (classical or contemporary fiction or non-fiction) over the course of a semester. Students participate in and take turns leading discussions. Additional reading, speaking, and writing assignments may be given. These seminars are open to honors scholars (sophomore and above level) and to other students with the instructor's permission, with no prerequisites. These one-credit reading courses are intended to provide additional opportunities for academic pursuit--and bonding--for upper-class honors scholars.

Offerings 2010-2011


Offerings 2009-2010

Victor Cabas, Rhetoric, Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian

Patrick Wilson, Philosophy, the writings of Hume

Russ Wood, Rhetoric, Tokein's The Silmarillion

Offerings 2008-09

Tony Carilli, Economics, Atlas Shrugged

Steele Nowlin, English, Beowulf

Mary Prevo, Fine Arts, The Sistine Chapel

Offerings 2007-08 

Shawn Schooling, Rhetoric,  Samuel Beckett's Watt

Patrick Wilson, Philosophy,  Immanuel Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals and Critique of Practical Reason.

Victor Cabas, Rhetoric, Herman Melville's Moby Dick

Sarah Hardy, English,  James Joyce's Ulysses

Offerings 2006-07

Herb Sipe, Chemistry, Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Joan McRae Kleinlein, Modern Languages (French), Victor Hugo's Notre Dame de Paris. 

Victor cabas, Rhetoric, Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian

Joel Schickel, Philosophy, Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations.  

Steve Bloom, Physics & Astronomy, Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee's Rare Earth 

Ken DeLuca, Political Science, Aeschylus' Oresteia

Susan Smith, Modern Languages (Spanish), Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote

Offerings 2003-04 

Ken DeLuca, Political Science, Plato's Republic 

Offerings 2002-03

Alexander Werth, Biology, Frans de Waal's The Ape and the Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections of a Primatologist