Study October 09, 2017
Most Popular Books in US Schools by State

Most Popular Books in US Schools by State

The Open Syllabus Explorer is an online database that maps the college curriculum by collecting and analyzing syllabi from various courses and programs across the country. Thanks to them, an article in the Washington post was able to name the most popular books in 7 of the 8 Ivy League universities (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, U. Penn and Brown) as well as the most assigned books in US schools by state.

The top 10 books in Ivy league schools are as follows (you’ll notice that political philosophy is a recurring theme):

  1. Republic Plato
  2. Clash of Civilizations Samuel P. Huntington
  3. Elements of Style William Strunk Jr.
  4. Levethian Thomas Hobbes
  5. The Prince Niccolò Machiavelli
  6. Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville
  7. A Theory of Justice John Rawls
  8. Letter from Birmingham Jail Dr. Martin Luther King
  9. On Liberty John Stuart Mill
  10. The Evolution of Cooperation Robert Axelrod

As for the rest, here are the most popular books in US Schools by State (with the possible exception of New Mexico, you’ll see why):
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Alaska: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Alabama:  Physics
Arkansas: Writing About Art
Arizona: Elements of Style
California: Elements of Style
Colorado: Micro-Economics
Connecticut: Clash of Civilizations
District of Columbia: Clash of Civilizations
Delaware: How to Program
Florida: Florida State University
Georgia: Republic
Hawaii: Methods in Behav. Research
Iowa: Elements of Style
Idaho: Ethics
Illinois: Writing Papers in Bio
Indiana: Communist Manifesto
Kansas: Things Fall Apart
Kentucky: Oedipus
Louisiana: Elements of Style
Massachusetts: The School Library
Maryland: Elements of Style
Maine: Elements of Style
Michigan: Communist Manifesto
Minnesota: Republic
Missouri: Heart of Darkness
Mississippi: Elements of Style
Montana: On Liberty
North Carolina: Elements of Style
North Dakota: Organic Chemistry
Nebraska: Oedipus
New Hampshire: Communist Manifesto
New Jersey: Communist Manifesto
New Mexico:  Office Hours
Nevada: How to Lie with Statistics
New York: Republic
Ohio: Elements of Style
Oklahoma: Elements of Style
Oregon: Things Fall Apart
Pennsylvania: Elements of Style
Rhode Island: Learning and Teaching
South Carolina: A Manual for Writers
South Dakota: Writing in History
Tennessee: Elements of Style
Texas: Campbell Biology
Utah: Elements of Style
Virginia: A Manual for Writers
Vermont: Reading and Writing
Washington: Communist Manifesto
Wisconsin: Communist Manifeso
West Virginia: A Manual for Writers
Wyoming:  Introduction to Phys. Anth.

These classics are no light reads. If any of these books are on your reading list (or you’re just looking to expand your horizons), we’ve got you covered. Head over to StuDocu for all the materials you’ll need to master these readings!

Written by Julia Stamp

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