Closeup of two hands on the pages of an open book.

How to Read Classic Texts

Cost
275.00

Available Sections

Offered for
Summer
Section
22U1
Schedule
Day
Tue
Times
09:30 am—12:45 pm
Dates
Type
Discussion
Location
Online
Taught by
Adam Rose
Section Notes

Online registration deadline: Thursday, July 7 at 5 pm CT

Offered for
Summer
Section
22U2
Schedule
Day
Thu
Times
06:00 pm—09:15 pm
Dates
Type
Discussion
Location
Online
Taught by
Adam Rose
Section Notes

Online registration deadline: Thursday, July 7 at 5 pm CT

Offered for
Summer
Section
22U3
Schedule
Day
Thu
Times
09:30 am—12:45 pm
Dates
Type
Discussion
Location
Online
Taught by
Adam Rose
Section Notes

Online registration deadline: Thursday, August 25 at 5 pm CT

Offered for
Summer
Section
22U4
Schedule
Day
Wed
Times
06:00 pm—09:15 pm
Dates
Type
Discussion
Location
Online
Taught by
Adam Rose
Section Notes
Online registration deadline: Thursday, August 25 at 5 pm CT

Looking to read deeper? Close reading—zeroing in on a text’s words, sentences, and syntax—has the power to transform a text and reveal new meaning. In this introductory-level course, learners will tap into this eye-opening practice, honing analytical reading skills while exploring philosopher Mortimer J. Adler’s foundational How to Read a Book. An entryway to broader learning at the University of Chicago, this course prepares readers to engage with extraordinary books and ideas—both in and out of the classroom.

Course Outline

Required Texts

Adler, Mortimer and Van Doren, Charles, How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading. ISBN: 978-0671212094

Other short texts will be provided as handouts on Canvas.

Students can purchase books at the Gleacher Center Bookstore online using the Textbook order form, or by using the ISBN number to order the correct edition elsewhere.

Notes

Remote courses require you to login to Canvas to access the Zoom Classroom. You will receive an invitation to join Canvas about a week before your course begins. Please visit the Liberal Arts Student Resources page to sign up for Student Remote Learning Training session and to find step by step instructions for Canvas and Zoom: Online Learning Resources