Common Intellectual Experience

All Majors & Minors

What You Will Read - Fall

The following texts are required and should be purchased at the campus bookstore. Those marked with an * can be found in the CIE Course Reader, which should also be purchased at the campus bookstore.

Summer Readings

  • Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. New York: Anchor Books, 2017.
  • Plato. “Allegory of the Cave.” The Republic of Plato. Allan Bloom, translator. New York: Basic Books, 1968. (from Book VII. 514a-521d).*

Semester Reading List

  • Analects of Confucius. Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy. 2nd ed. Philip J. Ivanhoe and Bryan Van Norden, editors. Indianapolis: Hacket, 2001.*
  • Coates, T. Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015.
  • Darwin, Charles, On the Origin of Species.*
  • Deloria, Jr., Vine. God Is Red. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 2003.*
  • Descartes, René. A Discourse on the Method of Correctly Conducting One’s Reason and Seeking Truth In the Sciences. Ian Maclean, translator. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Euripides. Medea. Rex Warner, translator. New York: Dover Publications, 1993.
  • Genesis. Robert Alter, translator. New York: Norton, 1996.
  • Neihardt, John G. Black Elk Speaks. Lincoln, NE. University of Nebraska Press, 2014*
  • Plato and Aristophanes. Four Texts on Socrates. Thomas G. West and Grace Starry West, translators. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984.
  • Sappho. Sappho: a New Translation. Mary Barnard, translator. Berkeley: University of *Roughgarden, Joan. Evolution’s Rainbow. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003.
  • The film: Persepolis. Dirs. Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnoud. Sony Classics Pictures, 2007. Film.