THE GREAT BOOKS PROGRAM AT ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE

    St. John's College believes that the way to a liberal education lies through a direct and sustained confrontation with the books in which the greatest minds of our civilization have expressed themselves, and through rigorous exercise in translation, mathematical demonstration, music analysis, and laboratory science. To that end, the College offers a four-year, nonelective program in which students read, discuss, and write about the seminal works that have shaped the world in which we live.
    The books that are at the heart of learning at St. John's stand among the original sources of our intellectual tradition. They are timeless and timely; they not only illuminate the persisting questions of human existence, but also have great relevance to the contemporary problems with which we have to deal. They therefore enter directly into our everyday lives. Their authors speak to us as freshly as when they first spoke. They change our minds, move our hearts, and touch our spirits. What they have to tell us is not something of merely academic concern, or remote from our real interests. At St. John's books are not treated reverently or digested whole; they are dissected, mulled over, interpreted, doubted, often rejected, often accepted. They serve to foster thinking, not to dominate it.
    St. John's College has campuses at Annapolis, Maryland and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Note that classical music is included in the curriculum.

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FRESHMAN YEAR

HOMER  Iliad, Odyssey
AESCHYLUS  Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, Eumenides, Prometheus Bound
SOPHOCLES  Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone, Philoctetes
THUCYDIDES  Peloponnesian War
EURIPIDES  Hippolytus, Bacchae
HERODOTUS  Histories
ARISTOPHANES  Clouds
PLATO  Meno, Gorgias, Republic, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Symposium, Parmenides, Theatetus, Sophist, Timaeus, Phaedrus
ARISTOTLE  Poetics, Physics, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics, On Generation and Corruption, Politics, Parts of Animals, Generation of Animals
EUCLID  Elements
LUCRETIUS  On the Nature of Things
PLUTARCH  "Lycurgus", "Solon"
NICOMACHUS  Arithmetic
LAVOISIER  Elements of Chemistry
HARVEY  Motion of the Heart and Blood
ARCHIMEDES, et al  Essays by: Archimedes, Fahrenheit, Avogadro, Dalton, Cannizzaro, Virchow, Mariotte, Driesch, Gay-Lussac, Spemann, Stears, J.J. Thompson, Mendeleyev, Berthollet, J.L. Proust 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

  The Bible
ARISTOTLE  De Anima, On Interpretation, Prior Analytics, Categories
APOLLONIUS  Conics
VIRGIL  Aeneid
PLUTARCH  "Caesar", "Cato the Younger"
EPICTETUS  Discourses, Manual
TACITUS  Annals
PTOLEMY  Almagest
PLOTINUS  The Enneads
AUGUSTINE  Confessions
ST. ANSELM  Proslogium
AQUINAS  Summa Theologica, Summa Contra Gentiles
DANTE  Divine Comedy
CHAUCER  Canterbury Tales
DES PREZ  Mass
MACHIAVELLI  The Prince, Discourses
COPERNICUS  On the Revolutions of the Spheres
LUTHER  The Freedom of a Christian
RABELAIS  Gargantua and Pantagruel
PALESTRINA  Missa Papae Marcelli
MONTAIGNE  Essays
VIETE  "Introduction to the Analytical Art"
BACON  Novum Organum
SHAKESPEARE  Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, The Tempest, As You Like It, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, Coriolanus, Sonnets
MARVELL, et al  POEMS BY: Marvell, Donne, and other 16th- and 17th-century poets
DESCARTES  Geometry, Discourse on Method
PASCAL  Generation of Conic Sections
BACH  St. Matthew Passion, Inventions
HAYDN  Quartets
MOZART  Operas
BEETHOVEN  Sonatas
SCHUBERT  Songs
STRAVINSKY  Symphony of Psalms

JUNIOR YEAR

CERVANTES Don Quixote
GALILEO  Two New Sciences
HOBBES  Leviathan
DESCARTES  Meditations, Rules for the Direction of the Mind
MILTON  Paradise Lost
LA ROCHEFOUCAULD  Maximes
LA FONTAINE  Fables
PASCAL  Pensees
HUYGENS  Treatise on Light, On the Movement of Bodies by Impact
ELIOT  Middlemarch
SPINOZA  Theological-Political Treatise
LOCKE  Second Treatise of Government
RACINE  Phaedre
NEWTON  Principia Mathematica
KEPLER  Epitome IV
LEIBNIZ  Monadology, Discourse on Metaphysics, Essay On Dynamics, Philosophical Essays, Principles of Nature and Grace
SWIFT  Gulliver's Travels
HUME  Treatise of Human Nature
ROUSSEAU  Social Contract, The Origin of Inequality
MOLIERE  The Misanthrope
ADAM SMITH  Wealth of Nations
KANT  Critique of Pure Reason, Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals
MOZART  Don Giovanni
JANE AUSTEN  Pride and Prejudice
DEDEKIND  Essay on the Theory of Numbers
YOUNG, et al  ESSAYS by: Young, Maxwell, Taylor, Euler, D. Bernoulli 

SENIOR YEAR

  Articles of Confederation
  Declaration of Independence
  Constitution of the United States
  Supreme Court Opinions
HAMILTON, JAY, AND MADISON  The Federalist
DARWIN  Origin of Species
HEGEL  Phenomenology of Mind, "Logic" (from the Encyclopedia)
LOBACHEVSKY  Theory of Parallels
TOCQUEVILLE  Democracy in America
LINCOLN  Selected Speeches
KIERKEGAARD  Philosophical Fragments, Fear and Trembling
WAGNER  Tristan and Isolde
MARX  Capital, Political and Economic Manuscripts of 1844, The German Ideology
DOSTOEVSKI  Brothers Karamazov
TOLSTOY  War and Peace
MELVILLE  Benito Cereno
TWAIN  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
O'CONNOR  Selected Stories
WILLIAM JAMES  Psychology, Briefer Course
NIETZSCHE  Birth of Tragedy, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil
FREUD  General Introduction to Psychoanalysis
VALERY  Poems
WASHINGTON, BOOKER T.   Selected Writings
DUBOIS  The Souls of Black Folk
HEIDEGGER  What is Philosophy?
HEISENBERG  The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory
EINSTEIN  Selected Papers
MILLIKAN  The Electron
CONRAD  Heart of Darkness
FAULKNER  The Bear
YEATS, et al  POEMS by: Yeats, T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Baudelaire, Rimbaud
FARADAY, et al  ESSAYS by: Faraday, J.J. Thomson, Mendel, Minkowski, Rutherford, Davisson, Schrodinger, Bohr, Maxwell, de Broigle, Dreisch, Orsted, Ampere, Boveri, Sutton, Morgan, Beadle & Tatum, Sussman, Watson & Crick, Jacob & Monod, Hardy 
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