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Spring 2012 Honors Reading List

Readings by Course


Honors Courses

HON 2380B Astronmy in Art, History and Literature
Dr. Olson

Vincent Van Gogh, Walther

Night Sky Plnisphere, Sky Publishing

Star-Names and Their Meanings, Richard Allen

The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer

Hamlet, Shakespeare

Macbeth, Shakespeare


Old and New World Philosophy
Dr. Raphael

Phaedrus, Plato

The Problems of Philosophy, Bertrand Russell

On Beauty and Being Just, Elaine Scarry

The Passions: Emotions and the Meaning of Life, Robert Solomon

Meaning in LIfe and Why it Matters, Susan Wolf


Spirituality and Religion: A Contemporary Global Perspective
Dr. Hawkins

Living Religions: A Brief Introduction, M.P. Fisher


Nature and the Quest for Meaning
Professor Hanson

The Texas Legacy Project: Stories of Courage and Conservation, Todd

The End of Country, McGraw

A Natural State, Harrigan

The Georaphy of Childhood, Nabhan

Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, Ray


Dr. Hutcheson

Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality, John Perry

Immortality, Paul Edwards


Nature and the Natural in the Early Modern World: Intro to Humanities II
Dr. Jaffe and Dr. DeHart

Leviathan, Hobbes

The Portable Thoreau, Thoreau

Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Rosseau

Second Treatise of Government, Locke

Letters from a Peruvian Woman, Graffigny

A Vidication of the Rights of Woman and Man, Wollstonecraft


Sustainable Urbanism: Reinventing our Communities
Dr. Vaughan

The Sustainable Urban Development Reader, 2nd Ed., Wheeler and Beatly

The Original Green: Unlocking the Mystery of True Sustainability, S. Mouzon


Ever Since Darwin
Dr. Ginsburg

Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea, C. Zimmer

Evolution of Human Behavior, A. Fuentes

Evolutionary Psychology: The Ultimate Origns of Human Behavior, J. Palmer


Humanity and the Natural Environment: A Study of Interrelationships
Dr. Rast

Enviornmental Science - A study of Interrelationship, 12 Ed., E.D. Enger, B.F. Smith


Preserving Humanity in the Face of Conflict: the War Genre
Dr. Noll

Triage, Anderson

The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell, Crawford

The Forever War, Filkins

In the Lake of the Woods, O'Brien

The Things They Carried, O'Brien


Hip-Hop Culture and Youth Development
Dr. Raphael

Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hop Hop Generation, Chang, J.

Decoded, Jay-Z


Travel Journalism
Dr. Rao

Feature Writing: the Pursuit of Excellence, 7 Ed., Allyn and Bacon


Fast Reading for Fun: The Birth of the Mass Media in Victorian England
Dr. Ledbetter

Daily Life in Victorian England, 2nd Ed., Sally Mitchell

Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell

Hard Times, Charles Dickens

East Lynne, Ellen Wood

The Man Who Would Be King, Rudyard Kipling


Playwriting: A Structured Aproach to Writing for the Stage
John Hood

The Elements of Playwriting, Louis E. Catron

Naked Playwriting: The Art, the Craft, and the Life Laid Bare, William Downs

The Art of Dramatic Writing, Lajos Egri

The Art and Craft of Playwriting, Jeffrey Hatcher

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screen Writing, Robert McKee

The Playwright's Process: Learning the Craft from Today's Leading Dramatists, Buzz McLaughlin

The Playwright's Guidebook, Stuart Spencer

The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, Christopher Vogler


Free Speech, Free Press, and the Supreme Court of the United States
Dr. Gilbert

Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment, Anthony Lewis

Journalism and Mass Communication, 3rd Ed., Trager, Russomanno, Ross


The Art of Storytelling
John Hood

 No text books are required. Required reading is assigned as excerpts from the following texts and others:

Fables, Aesop

Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Anderson

Poetics, Aristotle

Fantastic Fables, Ambrose Bierce

Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable,Thomas Bulfinch

Arabian Nights,Sir Richard Burton

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Canterbury Tales (A. S. Kline),Geoffrey Chaucer

Short Stories, Anton Chekhov

The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Francis James Childs

Myths and Folklore of Ireland, Jeremiah Curtin

Coffee in the Gourd (Texas Folklore), J. Frank Dobie

Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales, Sir George Douglas

Palamon and Arcite, John Dryden

The Golden Bough, Sir James George Frazer


Early American History through Autobiography
Dr. Murphy

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, Joseph J. Ellis

Celia: A Slave, Melton A. McLaurin


The Extraordinary in the Everday
Professor Chiles

 Grapefruit, A Book of Instructions and Drawings, Yoko Ono

 The Windup Bird Chronicle,Haruki Murakami

Outside Lies Magic, John Stilgoe (amazon)

Critique of Everyday Life, Vol. 2,Henri Lefebvre

 Species of Spaces and Other Pieces, George Perec

The Old Man and the Sea,Earnest Hemmingway


Bad Taste

Professor Campbell

Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, Samuel Delaney

A Rhinestone as big as the Ritz, Dave Hickey

Humilitation, Wayne Kostenbaum

Etiquette, Emily Post.

Lets Talk about Love: A journey to the End of Taste, Carl Wilson

Let's talk about love, Celine Dion (CD)



Departmental Honors Courses



Dr. Beckworth

Modern Principles: Macroeconomics, 2nd Ed., Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok

General Science

Professor Lemke

Biology Today and Tomorrow with Physiology, 3rd Ed., Starr, Evers, Starr

Principles of Marketing

Dr. Fisk

Marketing, 10th Ed., Kerin, Hartley & Rudelius