What We Read

Freshman year

Western Classics

Homer, Aeschylus and Sophocles, Hebrew Bible, Plato, Aristotle

4 credits

Buddhist Classics

Five Nikāyas, Visuddhimagga, Sixth Patriarch Sūtra

4 credits

Chinese Classics

Daodejing, Confucius,  Zhuangzi, Hanfeizi

8 credits

Rhetoric & Writing

Cicero, E.B. White, George Orwell, Bizzell and Herzberg

6 credits

Language

Classical Chinese, using Buddhist and Chinese classics

8 credits

 


Sophomore year

Western Classics

Augustine, Aquinas, Dante, Shakespeare, Hobbes, Machiavelli, Rousseau

4 credits

Buddhist Classics

Lotus Sūtra, Avataṃsaka Sūtra, Heart Sūtra, Ārya Nāgārjuna’s Letter to a Friend

4 credits

Indian Classics

Upaniṣads, Mahābhārata, Purāṇas, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi 

8 credits

Mathematics

Euclid’s Elements, Greek Geometry, Conics by Apollonius

4 credits

Language

Sanskrit, using Hindu and Buddhist texts

8 credits

 


Junior year

Western Classics

Kant, Leibniz, Nietzsche, Austen, Eliot, Kafka, Thoreau, Twain

4 credits

Buddhist Classics

Śūraṅgama Sūtra, The Awakening of Faith in the Mahāyāna, Nāgārjuna

4 credits

Chinese Classics

Huainanzi, Shiji, Tang Poetry, Zhuxi, Luo Guanzhong

4 credits

Language

Classical Chinese or Sanskrit, using Buddhist, Hindu and Chinese classics

4 credits

Natural Science

Aristotle, Goethe, Darwin, Archimedes, Pascal, Gay-Lussac, Bacon

8 credits

Mathematics

Descartes, Pascal, Newton, Dedekind

4 credits

Music

Common musical elements, melody, including intonation, phrasing, and texture

3 credits

 

Senior year

Western Classics

Freud, Jung, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Dostoevsky, Faulkner, Tolstoy, Woolf

4 credits

Buddhist Classics

Avataṃsaka Sūtra, Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra

4 credits

Indian Classics

Upaniṣads, Mahābhārata, Purāṇas, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi 

4 credits

Rhetoric & Writing

Cicero, E.B. White, George Orwell, Bizzell and Herzberg

4 credits

Natural Science

Galileo, Newton, Descartes, Maxwell, Einstein, Bohr, Planck, Schrödinger

4 credits

Music

Musical storytelling, repetition and variation, and functional harmony

3 credits

Capstone

In-depth study into one or multiple strands

4 credits

 


Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts Unit Distribution

A student who has successfully completed the four-year undergraduate curriculum is awarded the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. The undergraduate program consists of 120 semester units, with courses from ten strands. The following table illustrates the number of semester units required from each strand over four years.

 

First
year

Second
year

Third
year

Fourth
year

Total

Semester

Fall

Spring

Fall

Spring

Fall

Spring

Fall

Spring

 

Buddhist
Classics

4

 

4

 

4

 

4

 

16

Western
Classics

 

4

 

4

 

4

 

4

16

Indian
Classics

 

 

4

4

 

 

4

 

12

Chinese
Classics

4

4

 

 

 

4

 

 

12

Rhetoric and
Writing

3

3

 

 

 

 

1

3

10

Language

4

4

4

4

4

 

 

 

20

Mathematics

 

 

4

4

4

 

 

 

12

Natural
Sciences

 

 

 

 

4

4

4

 

12

Music

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

3

6

Capstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

2

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hours per
semester

15

15

16

16

16

15

15

12

120