Required Readings - New Saint Andrews College

Required Readings

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ReadingListGreat books at the heart of an NSA education

New Saint Andrews College has adopted the following list of readings as a requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Culture. The College is committed to assigning each of these works throughout the various colloquia which are required for graduation. These particular works have been selected because, as a set, they adequately introduce to our students the basic cultural output of the West. This is not a comprehensive list of all the readings assigned in our colloquia. Our instructors assign many readings in addition to these for practical and pedagogical reasons. Of course, there are many other great works that are not required reading at New Saint Andrews. These we hope our students will pursue after they graduate, for there is no end to a listing of great books, and learning from books is a lifelong activity.

 

The NSA book list:

THEOLOGY
Lordship:
Anselm, Cur Deus Homo
Athanasius, On the Incarnation
Augustine, City of God
Augustine, Confessions
Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
Irenaeus, Against Heresies
Luther, Bondage of the Will

Principia:
Luther, 1520 tracts
Old Testament
New Testament
Select Reformed confessions and the Council of Trent
Biblical commentaries of John Calvin (selections)
Patristic commentaries on Scripture (selections)
Augustine and Jerome’s correspondence on the Septuagint and Hebraica Veritas

History:
St. Benedict, Rule

Traditio:
Anselm, Proslogion and Monologion
Aquinas, Selections from the Summa

NATURAL SCIENCE
Lordship:
Darwin, Origin of Species
(Nat. Phil.) Euclid, Elements
Newton, Principia (selections)
POLITICAL PHILOSPHY
Traditio:
Aquinas, “Treatise on Law” and On Kingship
Aristotle, Ethics and Politics
Calvin, “On the Civil Magistrate”
Cicero, Republic and Laws
Hobbes, Leviathan
John of Salisbury, Policraticus
Locke, Second Treatise on Government
Machiavelli, Prince
Marsiglius de Padua, Defensor Pacis (selections)
Marx, Das Capital or Communist Manifesto
Plato, Republic
Rousseau, First and Second Discourses
HISTORY
History:
Bede, Ecclesiastical History
Herodotus, Histories
Plutarch, select lives
Thucydides, Peloponnesian War
EPICS
Traditio:
Beowulf
Dante, Divine Comedy
Homer, Iliad
Homer, Odyssey
Milton, Paradise Lost
Spenser, Faerie Queene, Book I
Vergil, Aeneid
DRAMA
Traditio:
Aeschylus, Oresteia
Aristophanes, selections
Euripides, selections
Shakespeare, selections
Sophocles, Theban plays
NOVELS
Traditio:
Austen, representative title
Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress
Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, representative title
Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov
Faulkner, The Sound and The Fury
LETTERS
Rhetoric:
Aristotle, On Rhetoric
Plato, Gorgias or Phaedrus
Pseudo-Cicero, Rhetorica ad Herennium
or Cicero, De Inventione
Quintilian, Institutio OratoriaTraditio:
Aristotle, Poetics
Montaigne, selections
Plutarch, Moralia (selections)
ART & ARCHITECTURE
Traditio:
Gombrich, The Story of Art
Vitruvius, On Architecture
PHILOSOPHY
Traditio:
Anselm, Proslogion
Aquinas, Summa Theologiae (selections)
Aristotle, Physics, and De anima
Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy
Cicero, On the Nature of the Gods
Descartes, Discourse on Method and Meditations
Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil and Birth of Tragedy
Plato, Republic and Timaeus
William of Ockham, selections