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Reading List

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ENGL 101: Literature of Western Civilization I
The Iliad
The Odyssey
Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra
The Oresteia
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
The Elements of Style
A Student’s Guide to Literature

ENGL 102:   Literature of Western Civilization II
The Aeneid
Beowulf: Norton Critical Edition

ENGL 201: Literature of Western Civilization III
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Canterbury Tales
Everyman and Other Miracle and Morality Plays
Dr. Faustus
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Paradise Lost
100 Best-Loved Poems

ENGL 202:   Literature of Western Civilization IV
Young Goodman Brown and Other Stories
Crime and Punishment
The Wasteland
Brideshead Revisited
Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
100 Best-Loved Poems

ENGL 319: Literary Criticism
Criticism: the Major Statements, 4th edition
At War With the Word
A Handbook to Literature, 12th edition

ENGL 320: Poetry and Poetics
The Top 500 Poems
A Poetry Handbook

ENGL 321: Classical and Early Christian Literature
Seneca: Four Tragedies and Octavia
Lucan: Civil War
Statius: Thebaid: A Song of Thebes
Ecclesiastical History of the English People

ENGL 331: Literature of Anglo-Saxon England
No text required

ENGL 341: Renaissance English Literature
Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. B, 8th edition
Four Revenge Tragedies

ENGL 342: Restoration and 18th Century English Literature
Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume C, 8th Edition
The School for Scandal
She Stoops to Conquer
Samson Agonistes and Shorter Poems

ENGL 421: The English Novel
Robinson Crusoe
Pride and Prejudice
Hard Times
Heart of Darkness
Handful of Dust
Children of Men

ENGL 422: The American Novel
The Last of the Mohicans
The Scarlet Letter
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
My Antonia
Hanna Coulter

ENGL 491: Creative Writing
The World’s Greatest Short Stories

ENGL 492: The Short Story
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
The Pearl

FREN 101: Elementary French I
Vis-á-vis, 4th edition

FREN 102: Elementary French II
Vis-á-vis, 4th edition

FREN 201: Intermediate  French I
Vis-á-vis, 4th edition

FREN 202: Intermediate French II
Vis-á-vis, 4th edition

HIST 101: History of Western Civilization I
The Holy Bible- RSV
The Founding of Christendom
Plutarch’s Lives Vol. I
Cicero: Selected Works
The Everlasting Man

HIST 102: (All sections)
The Building of Christendom
The Glory of Christendom
The Confessions of St. Augustine
The Rule of St. Benedict
The Song of Roland

HIST 102: History of Western Civilization II (Dr. Shannon)
Early Christian Lives
Little Flowers of St. Francis

HIST 102: History of Western Civilization II (Dr. McGuire)
The Life of Antony
Two Lives of Charlemagne
Chronicles of the Crusades
HIST 202: History of Western Civilization (Dr. Schwartz)
The Revolution against Christendom
Letters Concerning the English Nation
Communist Manifesto
The Gospel of Life
Sacred Causes
The Holocaust, Never to be Forgotten

HIST 201: History of Western Civilization III (all sections)
The Cleaving of Christendom
On Christian Liberty
New Atlantis

HIST 201: History of Western Civilization III (Shannon)
Life is a Dream
The Secret

HIST 201: History of Western Civilization III (Schwartz)
The Prince
Piers Plowman
The Dividing of Christendom

HIST 202: History of Western Civilization IV (Mr. Bersnak)
Letters Concerning the English Nation
Communist Manifesto
The Idea of a University

HIST 309: History of Ancient Greece
Portable Greek Historians
The World of the Ancient Greeks
Four Texts on Socrates
Three Theban Plays

HIST 310: History of Ancient Rome
A Brief History of the Romans
These Were the Romans
The Histories of Ancient Rome
Virgil’s Aeneid

HIST 322: History of Modern Britain
New Worlds, Lost Worlds
Stuart Britain
Peoples of the British Isles
, Vol 2, 2nd or 3rd Edition

HIST 341: American History and Catholicism to 1860
Documents for America’s History, Vol. 1
The Puritan Family
Democracy in America
The Immigrant Church

HIST 399: Historiography
History in His Hands
The Communist Manifesto
Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Stripping of the Altars

HIST 399: Historiography
A Theology of History
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Christianity and European Culture
The Communist Manifesto

HIST 411: Reconquista and Crusade
The Koran
Medieval Iberia
The Crusades: the Essential Readings
What Were the Crusades?
Chronicles of the Crusaders

HIST 432: Causes and Effects of the Communist Revolution
The Rise and Fall of the Communist Revolution
Communist Manifesto
The Holocaust: Never to Be Forgotten
Century of Horrors

HIST 492: History of American Film
Movie-Made America
Ben Hur
The Making of Citizen Kane
The Look of Catholics

HIST 492: History of France
History of Modern France

HIST 493: The Second World War
In Deadly Combat
With the Old Breed
Band of Brothers

HIST 494: The French Revolution and Napoleon
The Origins and Principles of the American Revolution Compared
The Old Regime and the French Revolution
When the King Took Flight
Facing Racial Revolution
The Politics of Religion in Napoleonic Italy
Symbol for an Age: A Brief History and Documents

HIST 495: City Catholic
Mr. Dooley in War and Peace
Back of the Yards
Bowery to Broadway
Parish Boundaries
Wait Till Next Year

MATH 101: Introduction to Mathematical Thought
The Elements Vol. I
Great Moments in Mathematics Before 1650

MATH 103: Euclidean Geometry
The Elements Vol. I
The Elements Vol. II

MATH 105: College Algebra and Trigonometry
Algebra for College Students

MATH 150: Introductory Statistics
A First Course in Statistics, 10th edition

MATH 201: Calculus I
Calculus, 8th edition

MATH 203: Calculus II
Calculus, 8th edition

MATH 204: Linear Algebra
See professor

MUSC 302: Music Theory and Composition
Tonal Harmony, 6th edition
Music for Sight Singing, 8th edition
Studying Rhythm, 3rd edition
MATH 304: Gregorian Chant
Square Notes: A Workbook in Gregorian Chant

MATH 305: History of Music in Western Civilization
Strunk’s Source Readings in Music History, revised edition
Listen, 7th edition with 3 CDs

PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy (Wunsch)
Five Dialogues
Basic Works of Aristotle

PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy (O’Herron)
Great Dialogues of Plato
Basic Works of Aristotle

PHIL 102: Philosophy of Human Nature (Cuddeback)
Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas
The Hungry Soul

PHIL 102: Philosophy of Human Nature (Wunsch and O’Herron)
No text required

PHIL 201: Ethics
Basic Works of Aristotle

PHIL 202: Metaphysics (Cuddeback)
Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings

PHIL 202: Metaphysics (Brown)
Aquinas on Being and Essence

PHIL 202: Metaphysics (O’Herron)
No text required

PHIL 301: History of Medieval Philosophy
On Free Choices of the Will
The Consolation of Philosophy

PHIL 301: History of Medieval Philosophy (Flippen)
Medieval Philosophy

PHIL 302: History of Modern Philosophy
No text required

PHIL 329: Applied Rational Psychology
Introduction to the Science of Mental Health

PHIL 353: Symbolic Logic
No text required

PHIL 401: Recent Philosophy
The Unity of Philosophical Experience

PHIL 403: Epistemology
No text required

PHIL 404: Philosophy of God
Summa Contra Gentiles: Book One: God

PHIL 420: Philosophical Issues in Modern Science
Modern Physics and Ancient Faith
The New Biology
– out of print- used copies only available

PHIL 422: Aesthetics
Art and Scholasticism
Forms and Substances in the Arts

PHIL 428: Ethics of John Paul II
Love and Responsibility
Man in the Field of Responsibility

PHIL 491: Analytic Philosophy
Contemporary Analytic and Linguistic Philosophies

PHIL 492: Freedom of the Will
No text required

PHIL 493: Philosophy of Family and Household
Aquinas: Commentary of Aristotle’s Politics
Xenophon: Conversations of Socrates

SCIE 102: Introduction to Scientific Thought
Theories of the World
Scientific Background to Modern Philosophy
Galileo, Science and the Church

SCIE 104: Descriptive Astronomy
Astronomy: The Evolving Universe
Star and Planet Locator

THEO 101: Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine I
Catechism of the Catholic Church

THEO 102: Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine II
The Catechism of the Catholic Church

THEO 201: Intro. To the Old Testament (Jenislawski)
See professor

THEO 201 (Arias)
Holy Bible- RSV
A Guide to the Bible

THEO 202: Into. To the New Testament
The Holy Bible, RSV

THEO 301: Moral Theology
Natural Law and Natural Rights
The Splendor of Truth

THEO 302: Catholic Apologetics
The Problem of Pain
Islam Unveiled

THEO 303: Theology of Worship and its Music
The Spirit of the Liturgy

THEO 305: De Revelatione
Theology of Revelation

THEO 308: De Deo Trino
No text required

THEO 312: De Verbo Incarnato
No text required

THEO 322: Mariology
No text required

THEO 332: New Testament Exegesis: Pauline Letters
No text required

THEO 411: De Gratia
No text required

THEO 345: Ascetical and Mystical Theology
Three Conversions in the Spiritual Life
Introduction to the Devout Life
The Story of a Soul
The Rule of St. Benedict
On the Incarnation
Christian Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition

THEO 355: Theology of the Body
Man and Woman He Created Them
Essays on Women
Marriage: The Rock on Which the Family is Built