Students reading Ready Player one

SHSU's First-Year Experience office provides incoming freshmen with their first college academic experience before they even set foot in a classroom. The SHSU Common Reading Program gives students a copy of a book to read over the summer. This book is then integrated into some of the classes they take through lectures, a film series, participation in discussion groups, and course assignments.

Our Mission

The mission of the SHSU Common Reading Program is to create a common academic/intellectual experience for incoming freshmen, facilitate a campus-wide cross-disciplinary conversation, and enhance the community among students, faculty, and staff.

For more information on the SHSU Common Reading Program, contact Kay Angrove at 936.294.3422 or

Past Common Readers

2014-2015: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2013-2014: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
2012-2013: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2011-2012: Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson
2010-2011: China's Son by Da Chen
2009-2010: The Fly in the Ointment by Dr. Joe Schwarcz
2008-2009: Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John de Graaf