Humanities Readings

At the heart of the Milligan liberal arts education is an old-fashioned approach to education: we read the great works of the men and women in history who have shaped the way we live and think about the world. Milligan's interdisciplinary humanities program is one of the hallmarks of a Milligan education. Students form close intellectual friendships with each other and with their professors in a rewarding educational experience that establishes a shared, solid foundation for life-long learning. Here is a sampling of previous first-year readings:

Homer
Thucydides
Aeschylus
Sophocles
Plato
Aristotle
Virgil
Augustine
Beowulf
Catherine of Siena
Dante
Chaucer
Pico della Mirandola
Machiavelli
Erasmus
Martin Luther
John Calvin
William Shakespeare
Moliere
Alexander Pope
Jonathan Swift
Mary Wollstonecraft
John Wesley
Voltaire
John Locke
David Hume
Goethe
William Blake
Robert Burns
William Wordsworth
John Keats
Alfred Tennyson
Percy Bysshe Shelley
George Eliot
Robert Browning
E. B. Browning
Henry David Thoreau
Emily Dickinson
Walt Whitman
Frederick Douglass
Gustave Flaubert
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Thomas Hardy
Kate Chopin
Anton Chekhov
Henrik Ibsen
Chinua Achebe
William Butler Yeats
W. E. B. DuBois
Erich Maria Remarque
George Bernard Shaw
Karl Marx
Nella Larsen
Virginia Woolf
John Maynard Keynes
John Steinbeck
Flannery O'Connor
Thadeusz Borowski
Jean-Paul Sartre
Albert Camus
Frantz Fanon
Dorothy Sayers
Simone de Beauvoir
Anne Sexton
Adrienne Rich
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Isabel Wilkerson
Lorraine Hansberry

Click here for sophomore humanities (201) readings.