BUI 101 is the first course in the Blount curriculum sequence. It is taken along with BUI 100.  BUI 101 is a small discussion-based class in which the students are required to read selections from various works that are considered foundational to Western Civilization. These works range across the disciplines of literature, history, philosophy, and science as well as across time from 3,000 years ago to the present day. The students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the reading with the group. In BUI 101, the readings focus on the topic of ‘Origins’. We read works that consider the origins of many things, from language to self-awareness to civilization itself. The class also requires the students to write analytical papers about selected readings. Please see below for a typical list of authors.

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St. Augustine

E.O. Wilson

George Gamow

Neil deGrasse Tyson


Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace

Ian Tattersall

Brian MacWhinney

Gerald Edelman

Rene Descartes

Sigmund Freud

William Shakespeare

W.E.B. DuBois

Harriet Jacobs

William Faulkner

Ruth Benedict


Robert Frost

Robert Lowell

William Butler Yeats

Langston Hughes

Randall Jarrell

Gwendolyn Brooks