New Saint Andrews: reading list

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New St. 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.

Of course, there are many other great works that are not required reading at New St. Andrews; these we hope our students will pursue after they graduate, for there is no end to a listing of great books, and learning is a lifelong activity. 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.

Source: statement and list as of 2003


  • (Lordship) Anselm, selections
  • 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
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • (History) St. Benedict, Rule
  • (Traditio) Anselm, Proslogion and Monologion
  • Aquinas, Selections from the Summa


  • (Lordship) Darwin, Origin of Species
  • (Nat. Phil.) Euclid, Elements
  • Newton, Principia (selections)


  • (Traditio) Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations
  • Aristotle, Ethics and Politics
  • Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers
  • Hobbes, Leviathan
  • John of Salisbury, Policraticus
  • Locke, On Civil Government
  • Machiavelli, Prince
  • Marsiglius de Padua, Defensor Pacis (selections)
  • Marx, Das Capital or Communist Manifesto
  • Plato, Republic
  • Rousseau, Social Contract
  • U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence
  • Weber, Protestant Ethic


  • (History) Bede, Ecclesiastical History
  • Herodotus, Histories
  • Plutarch, select lives
  • Thucydides, Peloponnesian War
  • William of Malmesbury, Gesta Regum Anglorum or Henry of Huntington, Historia



  • (Traditio) Beowulf
  • Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
  • Dante, Divine Comedy
  • Homer, Iliad
  • Homer, Odyssey
  • Milton, Paradise Lost
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses
  • Spenser, Faerie Queene
  • Vergil, Aeneid


  • (Traditio) Aeschylus, Oresteia
  • Aristophanes, selections
  • Euripides, selections
  • Shakespeare, selections
  • Sophocles, Theban plays


  • (Traditio) Austen, representative title
  • Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress
  • Cervantes, Don Quixote
  • Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  • Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
  • Dickens, representative title
  • Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov
  • Faulkner, The Sound and The Fury
  • Goethe, Faust
  • Melville, Moby Dick


  • (Rhetoric) Aristotle, On Rhetoric
  • Plato, Gorgias or Phaedrus
  • Pseudo-Cicero, Rhetorica ad Herennium or * Cicero, De Inventione
  • Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria
  • (Traditio) Aristotle, Poetics
  • Montaigne, selections
  • Plutarch, Moralia (selections)


  • (Traditio) Palladio, The Four Books of Architecture
  • Ruskin, The Seven Lamps of Architecture
  • Suger, Abbot of St. Denis, On the Abbey of the Church of St. Denis and its Art Treasures
  • Vitruvius, On Architecture


  • (Traditio) Aquinas, selections from Summa
  • Aristotle, selections
  • Berkeley, selections
  • Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy
  • Duns Scotus, selections
  • Derrida, selections
  • Descartes, Meditations
  • Hume, selections
  • Kant, selections
  • Leibnitz, selections
  • Locke, selections
  • Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
  • Plato, selections
  • Russell, selections
  • Plotinus, selections
  • William of Ockham, selections
  • Wittgenstein, selections