GSHU 121 Hoang syllabus

Great Books at Pepperdine. Here are a brief overview of the program and the Facebook page.

GB IV 2018
Above: One of my Great Books IV sections in Spring 2018. Below: A smaller section in 2014.


Essays. Students in my GB I sections typically write one 1000-word essay and three essays of 1500-2000 words each. For II and III, they write three (3) essays of 2000 words or more.  In IV, they can write three 2000-word essays or two 3000-word essays.

 Reading lists for 2019-2021

Molière, Tartuffe
Milton, Paradise Lost
Descartes, Discourse on the Method
Pascal, Pensées
Rousseau, A Discourse on Inequality
Wordsworth, “Tintern Abbey”
Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals
Austen, Persuasion

Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals
Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
Morrison, Sula
Gilkey, The Shantung Compound

GB IV texts


From my first two years of teaching Great Books, 2013-2015

Homer, Iliad
Aeschylus, Persians (plus viewing at the Getty Villa)
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
Plato, Republic
Virgil, Aeneid
Plutarch, Roman Lives

Augustine, Confessions
Benedict, The Rule of Benedict
Dante, The Divine Comedy
De Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies
Machiavelli, The Prince
Luther, On the Freedom of a Christian
Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Molière, Tartuffe
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound (viewing at the Getty Villa)
Milton, Paradise Lost
Shelley, Frankenstein
Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
Locke, Second Treatise on Government
Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
Franklin, Autobiography

Kierkegaard, Either/Or
Percy, The Moviegoer
Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals
Beckett, Waiting for Godot
Weil, Waiting for God
Proust, Swann’s Way
Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway


Last but not least, let’s dance and let’s rap to Great Books!