The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

BLS Textbook Requirements

This is the most recent information provided to the BLS Program office. Course syllabi supersede this list. Online courses generally have significant online reading not reflected in these purchasing lists.

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* Note: ISBNs issued as early as 2005 contained 13 digits (ISBN-13) instead of 10 digits. Some publishers have converted 10-digit ISBNs to ISBN-13 in subsequent pressings. If you a search a bookstore site for one ISBN and get a hit on the ISBN-13 equivalent (or vice versa), you can rest assured it is the same book.


Foundation Seminars


BLS 301: Pathways: Reading and Writing in the Humanities

  • Dickens, Charles. Hard Times: A Longman Cultural Edition, ed. Jeff Nunokawa and Gage McWeeny. Longman, 2003. ISBN 9780321107213
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. Modern Language Association of America, 2009. ISBN 9781603290241
  • Computer microphone; ability to record voice to MP3 format.

SSC 300: Doing Social Science

  • Babbie, Earl R. The Basics of Social Research, 5th ed. Cengage, 2010. ISBN 0495812242, 9780495812241

SSC 301: Contemporary Issues in the Social Sciences

  • All required readings are online.


Seminars in the Humanities


BLS 300: Topics: Self, Society, & Salvation

  • Booth, Wayne, et al. The Craft of Research, 3rd ed. U of Chicago, 2008. ISBN 0226065669
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. Modern Language Association of America, 2009. ISBN 9781603290241

BLS 300: Topics: Visions of the Creation

  • Booth, Wayne, et al. The Craft of Research, 3rd ed. U of Chicago, 2008. ISBN 0226065669
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. Modern Language Association of America, 2009. ISBN 9781603290241
  • Sproul, Barbara. Primal Myths: Creation Myths Around the World. HarperCollins, 1979. ISBN 9780060675011


Selected Topics in Literature


BLS 321: Reading the Human Experience

  • All required readings are online.

BLS 322: Revolutionary Lives

  • Tolstoy, Leo. Hadji Murad (trans. Louise and Aylmer Maude), from Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy. Perennial, 1967. ISBN 0060830719. —or— Harper Perennial, 2004. ISBN 0060586974. Text is also available online here.
  • Kovalevskaya, Sofya. Nihilist Girl. Modern Language Assoc., 2001. ISBN 0873527909
  • Zamyatin, Yevgeny. We. (trans. Mirra Ginzburg) Viking, 1999. ISBN 0380633132
  • Chukovskaya, Lydia. Sofia Petrovna. (trans. Aline Werth) NWUP, 1994. ISBN 0810111500

BLS 323: Contemporary Short Stories

  • Charters, Ann, ed. The Story and Its Writer, 7th ed. (compact edition) Bedford/St.Martin's, 2007. ISBN 9780312442712
  • Welty, Eudora. One Writer's Beginnings. (any edition)

BLS 325: Mystery, Mayhem & Murder

  • Griffith, Kelley. Writing Essays About Literature, 7th ed. Heinle, 2005. ISBN 1413003958
  • Christie, Agatha. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Berkley, 2000. ISBN 0425173895
  • Mosley, Walter. Little Scarlet. Warner, 2005. ISBN 0446612715
  • Highsmith, Patricia. The Talented Mr. Ripley. Vintage, 1992. ISBN 0679742298
  • James, P.D. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman. Touchstone, 2001. ISBN 0743219554

BLS 326: Telling Stories: The Art & Craft of the Memoir

  • Hooks, Bell. Bone Black. Owl/Holt, 1997. ISBN 0805055126
  • Saltzman, Mark. Lost in Place. Vintage, 1996. ISBN 0679767789
  • Walls, Jeanette. The Glass Castle. Scribner, 2006. ISBN 9780743247542

BLS 327: Contemporary Asian Literature

  • Jin, Ha. Waiting. Vintage, 1999. ISBN 9780375706417
  • Desai, Anita. Clear Light of Day. Mariner, 2000. ISBN 9780618074518
  • Gojira. Dir. Ishirō Honda. Toho, 1954. ASIN B000FA4TLQ
  • Murakami, Haruki. Kafka on the Shore. Vintage, 2005. ISBN 9781400079278
  • Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things. Random House, 1997. ISBN 9780060977498

BLS 320: Topics: American Romanticism

  • Lauter, Paul, ed. Heath Anthology of American Literature: Early Nineteenth Century: 1800-1865, vol. B. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. ISBN 0618532986
  • Cooper, James Fenimore. The Pioneers. Penguin, 1988. ISBN 0140390073
  • Jacobs, Harriet. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Norton, 2000. ISBN 0393976378
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin. Norton, 1994. ISBN 0393963039

BLS 320: Topics: Evil and the Quest for Knowledge: The Matter of Faust

  • Marlowe, Christopher. Doctor Faustus, ed. Sylvan Barnet. Signet, 1969. ISBN 9780451524775
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust: Part One, trans. David Luke. Oxford UP, 1998. ISBN 9780192835956
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust: Part Two, trans. David Luke. Oxford UP, 1999. ISBN 9780192836366
  • Mann, Thomas. Doctor Faustus : The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend, trans John E. Woods. Vintage, 1999. ISBN 9780375701160
  • Film adaptations:
    • Faust. Dir. F.W. Murnau. Germany, 1926.
    • Faust. Dir. Jan Svankmajer. Czech Republic, 1994.
    • Altered States. Dir. Ken Russell. USA, 1980.
    • Doctor Faustus. Dir. Richard Burton. USA, 1966. (optional)
  • Music:
    • Faust. Randy Newman. Rhino/Wea, 2003. ASIN B00007LTI8


Selected Topics in the Fine Arts


BLS 341: Eye Appeal: Spectacle on Stage and in Life

  • Hartnoll, Phyllis. The Theatre: A Concise History. Thames & Hudson, 1998. ISBN 0500203121

BLS 342: Painting on the Page

  • Brown, Dan. The DaVinci Code: Illustrated Edition. Doubleday, 2004. ISBN 0385513755
  • Chevalier, Tracy. Girl with a Pearl Earring. Plume, 2001. ISBN 0452282152
  • Levey, Michael. From Giotto to Cézanne. Thames & Hudson, 1985. ISBN-13 9780500200247
  • Martin, Steve. Picasso at the Lapin Agile and other plays. Grove, 1996. ISBN 0802135234

BLS 343: Big Plays, Big Ideas

  • Klaus, Carl H., Miriam Gilbert & Bradford S. Field. Stages of Drama: Classical to Contemporary Theater, 5th Ed. Bedford/St.Martin's, 2003. ISBN 031239733X

BLS 345: Photography: Contexts & Illusions

  • Wells, Liz. Photography: A Critical Introduction, 4th ed. Routledge, 2009. ISBN 9780415460873
  • Wells, Liz, ed. The Photography Reader. Routledge, 2002. ISBN 041524661X

BLS 346: The Art of Life

  • Kimmelman, Michael. The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa. Penguin, 2006. ISBN 0143037331
  • Solnit, Rebecca. A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Viking, 2005. ISBN 9780670034215
  • Grizzly Man. Dir. Werner Herzog. Lions Gate Films, 2005. UPC 031398186366

BLS 347: Shakespeare Off the Page

  • Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Washington Square, 1992. ISBN 074347712X*
  • The Tempest. Washington Square, 2004. ISBN 0743482832*
  • Richard III. Washington Square, 2004. ISBN 0743482840*
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream. Washington Square, 2004. ISBN 0743477545*
  • Julius Caesar. Washington Square, 2004. ISBN 0743482743*
  • One of the following:
    • Romeo and Juliet. Washington Square, 1992. ISBN 0743477111*
    • Taming of the Shrew. Washington Square, 1992. ISBN 0743477574*
  • Film adaptations:
    • Hamlet. Dir. Michael Almereyda. Perfs. Ethan Hawke, Julia Stiles, Bill Murray. Miramax, 2000.
    • Richard III. Dir. Richard Loncraine. Perfs. Ian McKellan, Annette Bening, Robert Downey Jr. United Artists, 1995.
    • Shakespeare in Love. Dir. John Madden. Perfs. Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judi Dench. Miramax, 1998.
  • Computer microphone for voice recording.
  • * For those who prefer a complete anthology, this one is recommended:
    The Complete Pelican Shakespeare. Penguin, 2002. ISBN 0141000589

BLS 348: Representing Women

  • Jones, Ameila, ed. The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader, 2nd ed. Routledge, 2010. ISBN 9780415543705
  • Slatkin, Wendy. Women Artists in History, 4th ed. Prentice Hall, 2001. ISBN 9780130273192

BLS 340: Topics: Magic, Media, & Popular Imagination

  • Edwards, Emily. Metaphysical Media: Occult Experience in Popular Culture. Southern Illinois UP, 2005. ISBN 0809326485
    (available from Chicago Distribution Center, 800-621-2736)


Selected Topics in Philosophy, Religion & Ethics


BLS 361: American Dreams

  • Jillson, Cal. Pursuing the American Dream. University Press of Kansas, 2004. ISBN 9780700613427

BLS 362: Vice, Crime, & American Law

  • All required readings are online.

BLS 363: Ethics & Technology

  • Postman, Neil. Technopoly. Vintage/Random House, 1992. ISBN 0679745408
  • Winston, Morton, & Ralph Edelbach. Society, Ethics, & Technology, 4th ed. Wadsworth, 2009. ISBN 9780495504672

BLS 364: Mystics in America

  • Berg, Michael. The Way: Using the Wisdom of Kabbalah for Spiritual Transformation and Fulfillment. Wiley 2002. ISBN 0471228796
  • Chestnut, R. Andrew. Devoted to Death: Santa Muerta, the Skeleton Saint. Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN 0199764654
  • Chödrön, Pema. When Things Fall Apart. Shambhala Publications 1997. ISBN 1570623449
  • Williams, Angel Kyodo. Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace. Compass 2002. ISBN 0140196307

BLS 365: Divided We Stand: Religion & Democracy in America

  • Lambert, Frank. The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America. Princeton University Press, 2006, ISBN 069112602X
  • Noll, Mark A. The Civil War as a Theological Crisis. University of North Carolina Press, 2006. ISBN 0807830127

BLS 366: Life, Death, & Meaning

  • Benatar, David, ed. Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions. Rowman & Littlefield, 2004. ISBN 0742533689
  • Edson, Margaret. Wit: A Play. (any edition)
  • Albom, Mitch. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson. (any edition)

BLS 360: Topics: Philosophy of Love and Friendship

  • Pakaluk, Michael, ed. Other Selves: Philosophers on Friendship. Hackett Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-87220-113-9
  • Baldwin, James. If Beale Street Could Talk. Dial Press, 1974. (any edition) ISSB 978-0307275936


Selected Topics in Historical Perspectives


BLS 381: Old Europe / New Europe: A Cultural History

  • Swanson, John, & Michael Melancon. Modern Europe: Sources & Perspectives from History. Longman, 2002. ISBN 0321086481
  • additional readings online (Kollontai & Nikolaidis)
  • Recommended: Di Scala, Spencer. Twentieth Century Europe. McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN 007016052X

BLS 382: The Sixties

  • Ward, Brian, ed. The 1960s: A Documentary Reader. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. ISBN 978-1405163309
  • Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique. Norton 2001 (1963). ISBN 0393322572
  • Gosse, Van. The Movements of the New Left, 1950-1975: A Brief History with Documents. Bedford/St.Martin's 2005. ISBN 0312133979
  • Haley, Alex. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Ballantine 1999 (1964). ISBN 0345350685
  • Herr, Michael. Dispatches. Knopf Doubleday 1991. ISBN 9780679735250

BLS 383: Religious Resistance to Political Power

  • All required readings are online.

BLS 384: Great Trials in American History

  • Martin, Waldo, ed. Brown v. Board of Education: A Brief History with Documents. Bedford/St. Martin's, 1998. ISBN 9780312111526
  • Moran, Jeffrey, ed. The Scopes Trial: A Brief History with Documents. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002. ISBN 9780312249199
  • Purdue, Theda and Michael Green, eds. The Cherokee Removal: A Brief History with Documents, 2nd ed. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005. ISBN 9780312415990

BLS 385: American Motherhood

  • Morrison, Toni. Beloved.

BLS 386: Women, War & Terror

  • Ginzburg, Evgenia. Journey into the Whirlwind. (any edition)
  • Isaacson, Judith. Seed of Sarah. (any edition)
  • Woolf, Virginia. Three Guineas. (any edition)
  • Recommended: Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State. (PBS documentary: DVD)

BLS 380: Topics: The New South

  • Blackmon, Douglas A. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. Anchor reprint, 2009. ISBN 978-0385722704
  • McLaurin, Melton. Separate Pasts: Growing Up White in the Segregated South. University of Georgia Press, 1987. ISBN 978-0820320472
  • Wilkerson, Isabel. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. Vintage Books, 2011. ISBN 978-0679763888


Capstone Seminars


BLS 400: Senior Seminar in the Humanities

  • Frankfurt, Harry G. On Bullshit. Princeton University Press, 2005. ISBN 0691122946
  • Edmundson, Mark. Why Read? Bloomsbury, 2005. ISBN 1582346089

SSC 400: Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences

  • Eggers, David. Zeitoun. McSweeney's, 2009. ISBNs 1934781630, 9781934781630
  • Inside Job. Dir. Charles Ferguson. Sony, 2010. ASIN B0041KKYBA


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