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.

USCH 1000: University Scholars Seminar

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond
  • Unexpected News: Reading the Bible with Third World Eyes by Robert Brown
  • 1491 by Charles Mann

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 Darker Side of Modernity by Walter Mignolo
  • Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes
  • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (selections) by John Locke
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • The Origin of the Species (selections) by Charles Darwin
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

USCH 1114: Globalization

  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
  • The Travels of a T-Shirt by Pietra Rivoli
  • The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs

UFDN 1000 Honors Christian Formation

  • Confessions by Augustine
  • Silence by Shusaku Endo
  • Spiritual Classics by Richard Foster

USCH 3910 Faith and Science I

  • 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
  • Living with Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith by Philip Kitcher

USCH 4950 Christianity and Scholarship

  • Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
  • How to Write a BA Thesis by Charles Lipson

For more information about the University Scholars program, refer to the SPU Undergraduate Catalog. You may also contact Christine Chaney, director of University Scholars, at cchaney@spu.edu or 206-281-2409.

University Scholars

Silence: A Challenging UScholars Text

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