- Analyzes, Interprets, and Critiques Literature
- Provides Lively Discussion and Debate
- Develops Cultural Aptitude
These courses provide the opportunity to read and discuss novels, short stories, memoirs, plays, and poetry. You will explore classic and contemporary literature from ancient texts to current bestsellers as you gain skills to analyze, interpret, and critique writing; develop cultural aptitude; and participate in nuanced discussions and lively debates.
Deepen your knowledge of current events, criminology, psychology, and storytelling’s power by exploring narratives of crime and punishment.
Discuss articles from a range of magazines and online platforms, including The New Yorker and Charlie Hebdo.
Read short stories, novellas, and novels that use epiphanies to explore fundamental human experiences and emotions.
Explore the lives and legacies of America’s greatest artists, from dancers and actors to musicians and comedians.
Relive—or enjoy for the first time—the fabulous adventures of Odysseus as he journeys home to his wife and son after the Trojan War.
Read the first five books of the Bible, tracing the processes by which they were formed and considering the multiple contexts that informed them.
Read selected international detective novels in translation and others by Anglophone writers who set their work abroad.
Read Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End, and discuss the social upheaval brought on by onset of World War I.
Examine Thoreau’s Walden in its mid-19th-century context and for its relevance to our current culture and environmentalist thinking.
Explore Annie Dillard’s exhilarating stories of nature that pair first-person storytelling with philosophical and religious questions.
Explore the lives, times, and places of others through a variety of autobiographical books, films, and essays.
Read major works by contemporary migrants and refugees from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.
Explore Edgar Allan Poe’s biographical roots and itinerant career path as a journalist, short story writer, poet, and critic.
Explore the work of novelists who rely on the fusion of the magical and the real to portray the complexities of Latin American identity.
Explore how female writers, from Edith Wharton to Elena Ferrante, have created rich, complex, varied portraits of women.
Read and discuss world literature published in the interwar period of 1929.
Read and discuss The Iliad by Homer, a plea for peace embedded in the archetypal epic of war.
Read and analyze Virgil’s Aeneid, a thrilling epic and an exploration of the devastation of war.
Study five major 19th-century classics of literature that have passed the test of time.
Explore the history of the mystery novel, and follow how it has changed in style and subject matter over the years.
Read examples of nonfiction that address issues of social justice through compelling personal stories.
Explore the writings of Edward Abbey, whose radical voice is not only a cry in the wilderness, but also a cry for the wilderness.
Examine how eight well-known playwrights bring moving, memorable stories to the stage and illuminate injustices evident in culture and communities.
Explore themes—love, death, evil, suffering, and forgiveness—across religious and literary texts from the Western canon and beyond.
Read and discuss three of Shakespeare’s masterpieces: The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth.
Explore two of Shakespeare’s greatest and most controversial plays: Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice.
Examine the life and writings of John Muir, whose legacy endures through the Sierra Club and the national park system.