Texts and Resources

University Scholars
Ranging in topics from literature to philosophy to physics and in time periods from ancient to modern, the great texts studied by University Scholars seek to inspire, challenge, and deepen your faith and understanding.

The books listed below have been used in recent University Scholars courses. Changes will occur from year to year.

See what this UScholar told etc magazine, about several of these books.

USCH 1000 University Scholars Seminar

  • Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
  • Vermeer's Hat, by Timothy Brook
  • Unexpected News: Reading the Bible With Third World Eyes, by Robert Brown
  • Child of the Dark, by Carolina Maria De Jesus
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond
  • Tools of the Empire, by Daniel R. Headrick
  • The Everyday Writer, by Andrea Lunsford and Robert Connors
  • A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies, by Bartolomé de Las Casas
  • 1491, by Charles Mann
  • Bruchko, by Bruce Olson
  • The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East, by Sandy Tolan

USCH 1111 Classics

  • The Iliad, by Homer
  • History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides
  • Republic, by Plato
  • Ethics, by Aristotle
  • The Aeneid, by Virgil
  • Metamorphoses, by Ovid

USCH 1112 Renaissance

  • Confessions, by Augustine
  • Inferno, by Dante
  • The Prince, by Machiavelli
  • Utopia, by Thomas More
  • The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare
  • Paradise Lost, by John Milton

USCH 1113 Modernity

  • The New Organon, (selections) by Francis Bacon
  • Meditations on First Philosophy, by Rene Descartes
  • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, (selections) by John Locke
  • Candide, by Voltaire
  • Critique of Judgment, (selections) by Immanuel Kant
  • The Phenomenology of Mind, (selections) by W.F. Hegel
  • Romantic poetry, by Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats
  • The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  • Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
  • On Liberty, (selections) by John Stuart Mill
  • The Origin of the Species, (selections) by Charles Darwin
  • The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis, by Sigmund Freud

USCH 1114 Globalization

  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, by Jung Chang
  • The Travels of a T-Shirt, by Pietra Rivoli
  • Runaway World, by Anthony Giddens
  • Assault on Paradise, by Conrad Kottak
  • The End of Poverty, by Jeffrey Sachs

UFDN 1000 Honors Christian Formation

  • Confessions, by Augustine
  • Silence, by Shusaku Endo
  • Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
  • Your Neighbor's Hymnal, by Jeff Keuss
  • Spiritual Classics, by Richard Foster

USCH 3910 Faith and Science I

  • The Tests of Time: Readings in the Development of Physical Theory, ed. by Lisa Dolling and Glenn Statile
  • A Science and Religion Primer, by Heidi Campbell and Heather Looy
  • The Language of God, by Francis Collins
  • When Science and Christianity Meet, by David Lindberg and Ronald Numbers
  • Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy, by Michael Polanyi

USCH 4910 Faith and Science II

  • Seven Pillars of Creation, by William Brown
  • The Language of God, by Francis Collins
  • Living With Darwin: Evolution Design, and the Future of Faith, by Philip Kitcher
  • Lying Awake: A Novel, by Mark Salzman

USCH 4950 Christianity and Scholarship

  • How to Write a BA Thesis, by Charles Lipson
  • The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship, by George Marsden
  • The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education, by Jens Zimmermann and Norman Klassen

Literature for University Scholars courses varies from year to year. For up-to-date information about reading requirements, you should contact your course instructor.

For more information about the University Scholars program, refer to the SPU Undergraduate Catalog. You may also contact Jeff Keuss, director of University Scholars, at keussj@spu.edu or 206-281-2093.

University Scholars

Silence: A Challenging UScholars Text

In Response, Luke Reinsma, professor emeritus, considers Shusaku Endo’s landmark novel.

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UScholar Hired After Successful Internship

As an intern for the Smith Richards Group, UScholar Haley Hill ’14 so impressed her mentors that they hired her as a paraplanner.

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UScholar’s First Novel Published

The Last Burning of New London, a science fiction novel by UScholar Danielle Myers ’14, was published by RainTown Press while she was still an undergraduate.