Eastern Classics Reading Lists

Information About the Eastern Classics Program

The Eastern Classics program runs for three consecutive terms in Santa Fe: fall, spring, summer. The reading lists are often tweaked to include the most up to date information.

Eastern Classics Reading Lists


View the Eastern Classics Reading List.



Preceptorials remain the same each fall. Sima Qian’s The Records of the Grand Historian is the preceptorial for the first eight weeks, and the Mahabharata is the preceptorial for the second eight weeks.


The spring provides the opportunity for students to choose between many options. Spring preceptorials will be announced in December.


The summer preceptorial remains the same each year. Students read the Japanese novel The Tale of Genji over the course of the 8-week summer session. View last year’s syllabus.