About the Common Reader

The purpose of the common reader is to provide a common academic experience and create a greater sense of community among students, faculty and staff, and to provide an introduction to intellectual life at Missouri State University.

"Missouri State University’s common reader program provides a common academic experience and creates a greater sense of community among students, faculty and staff. It also offers an introduction to intellectual life at Missouri State University. Ideal books for the common reader are those that explore facets of Missouri State’s public affairs theme in ways that interest students from a variety of disciplines." Dr. Rachelle Darabi, Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs

Goals

  • Establish an opportunity for first-year students to understand their responsibility as engaged learners in an academic community.
  • Set expectations for student success by emphasizing the importance of reading, writing and critical thinking in the University environment.
  • Create a sense of community by increasing interdisciplinary thinking and dialogue among students, faculty and staff through shared academic and co-curricular experiences.
  • Promote a deeper understanding of the public affairs mission and it’s wider societal impact through a critical analysis of a common reader.