The following list is a representation only – it is not for the purpose of ordering textbooks.

A stack of great books

The Freshman Year

HNRS 150: Origins: Athens and Jerusalem (Fall)

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The Book of Genesis
  • The Book of Exodus
  • The Books of Samuel
  • The Book of Job
  • The Book of Proverbs
  • The Book of Isaiah
  • A Presocratics Reader
  • Plato, Timaeus
  • Plato, Apology
  • Plato, Euthyphro
  • Plato, The Republic
  • Homer, Iliad
  • Homer, Odyssey
  • Aeschylus, The Oresteia
  • Sophocles, Oedipus Rex & Antigone
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
  • Aristotle, Metaphysics (selections)
  • Confucius, The Analects
  • Lao Tzu, Tao de Ching
  • Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus

HNRS 190: Rome Through Early Church (Spring)

  • Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe
  • Virgil, Aeneid
  • Cicero, On the Good Life
  • The Buddhist Scriptures
  • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
  • Epictetus, Discourses
  • Tacitus, The Annals (selections)
  • The Book of Leviticus
  • The Gospel of Luke
  • The Gospel of John
  • The Acts of the Apostles
  • Epistle to the Galatians
  • Epistle to the Philippians
  • First Epistle to the Corinthians
  • Epistle to the Hebrews
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses (selections)
  • Origen, On First Principles (Book IV)
  • Augustine, The Confessions
  • Augustine, City of God (selections)
  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • Kalidasa, The Recognition of Sakuntala
  • Eusebius, The History of the Church (selections)
  • Athanasius, On the Incarnation
  • Cyril, On the Unity of Christ
  • The Nicene Creed
  • The Chalcedonian Creed

Sophmore Year

HNRS 250: Medieval Western Civilization (Fall)

  • Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy
  • Pseudo-Dionysius, The Divine Names and The Mystical Theology
  • Porphyry, Isagoge
  • The Gospel of Matthew
  • Beowulf
  • The Psalms
  • The Talmud (selections)
  • Bede the Venerable, Ecclesiastical History of the English People (selections)
  • The Qu’ran
  • The Rule of Saint Benedict
  • John of Damascus, Treatise on Divine Images
  • Hildegard of Bingen, selected writings
  • Bernard of Clairvaux, On Conversion & On Loving God
  • Anselm, Proslogion, Why God Became Man
  • Al-Ghazali, The Rescuer from Error
  • Ibn TuFayl, Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān
  • Moses Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed
  • Marie de France, Lais
  • Abelard and Heloise, Selected Letters
  • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae (selections)
  • Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
  • Bonaventure, The Journey of the Mind to God

HNRS 290: Late Medieval and Early Modern Western Civilization (Spring)

  • Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
  • Christine de Pizan, The Book of City of Ladies
  • Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
  • Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
  • Desiderius Erasmus, In Praise of Folly
  • Epistle to the Romans
  • The Epistle of James
  • Martin Luther, selected writings
  • John Calvin, The Institutes (selections)
  • John Milton, Paradise Lost
  • René Descartes, Meditations
  • Francis Bacon, New Organon
  • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (selections)
  • William Shakespeare, Othello and Henry V (selected plays may vary)
  • John Locke, Second Treatise
  • One Thousand and One Arabian Nights (selections)
  • William Penn, Some Fruits of Solitude
  • George Fox, selected writings
  • Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises
  • Teresa of Ávila, The
  • Galileo Galilei, “Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina”
  • Isaac Newton, selected writings on natural philosophy
  • Bartolome de las Casas, The Destruction of the Indies
  • Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, selected writings
  • Blaise Pascal, Pensées

The Junior Year

HNRS 350: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries(Fall or Spring)

  • The Gospel of Mark
  • Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections
  • John Wesley, “The Scripture Way of Salvation”
  • David Hume, An Enquiry Regarding Human Understanding
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality
  • The Journal of John Woolman
  • Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations (selections)
  • The Federalist Papers (selections)
  • The Declaration of the Rights of Man
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  • Selected poems from Blake, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Coleridge
  • Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • Immanuel Kant, Grounding for Metaphysics of Morals
  • Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Epistle to Philemon
  • Henry Thoreau, Walden
  • Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • Soren Kierkegaard, Fear & Trembling and Works of Love
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals
  • Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
  • Charles Darwin, Origin of Species and The Descent of Man (selections)
  • John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
  • Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul
  • Emily Dickinson, selected poems
Students in Honors Program read the some of the greatest and/or most influential works

The Senior Year

HNRS 450: Twentieth Century

  • William James, The Will to Believe
  • Simone Weil, Waiting for God
  • Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
  • W.E.B. DuBois, Souls of Black Folk
  • G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
  • T.S. Eliot, “Choruses from the Rock”
  • Karl Barth, Epistle to the Romans
  • Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents
  • Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
  • Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (selections)
  • Albert Camus, The Stranger
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes
  • Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
  • C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
  • Dorothy Sayers, Are Women Human?
  • Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition (selections)
  • Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
  • Mahatma Gandhi, Autobiography (selections)
  • Martin Luther King Jr., Selected Letters and Speeches
  • The Book of Micah
  • Shūsaku Endō, Silence
  • Václav Havel, “Forgetting We are Not God”
  • Thomas Kuhn, Structures of Scientific Revolutions (selections)
  • Flannery O’Connor, Selected Stories
  • Toni Morrison, Beloved
  • John Paul II, Fides et Ratio
  • The Barmen Declaration
  • The Kairos Document
  • The First Epistle of John

HNRS 490: Integration Thesis

  • Charles Taylor, A Secular Age

This course is intended to be the pinnacle of the honors program at George Fox University. Over the past four years you have explored a wide range of great and influential works. Your horizons have been broadened, your knowledge increased, and your critical skills sharpened. Most significantly, we have thought together about western civilization from a Christian perspective. 

As a culmination of this program, we ask you to contribute to the store of western knowledge. The contribution will usually take the form of a scholarly paper or work of art, but other possibilities may be negotiated with the director of the honors program and a faculty sponsor.

This project may be combined with another senior capstone project as long as all relevant parties agree on requirements. Normally, combined projects will need to be larger and/or more sophisticated than a single project.