As the spring season progresses, professors have completed the syllabus for their courses. What texts do students most often read? For example, what stories and political science have they (and their professors) tended to consult in recent years?
One result of a pro-Trump mob’s recent attack on the US Capitol is a debate over what role colleges should play in helping the nation tell facts from fiction. Part of this role is what books students are asked to read.
That Open syllabus project, which has collected and analyzed data from more than six million college and university plans around the world, has some answers. The database with the largest number of syllabi coming from the United States shows how often texts and authors appear in the documents.
Below are some of the core texts that the academy has turned to over and over again.