Common Book Program

The TCC Common Book Program serves as a shared learning opportunity for thousands of students at the College, particularly those who are new to college life.

TCC Common Book Program: One College - One Book

It's an integral part of the College Success COLL 1003 curriculum and aims to initiate conversations and interactions from various perspectives, fostering the growth of informed and active citizens.

Our 2022-24 Common Book

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Book Cover Tulsa 1921: Reporting a Massacre. Foreword by Karlos K. Hill. Author: Randy Krehbiel

"Three words from TCC’s Beliefs and Values are rigorous, belonging, and sustainable. Braiding Sweetgrass exemplifies all three. Kimmerer's prose is profound. Her background as a research biologist is clear on every page. As an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Nation, she uniquely exemplifies a crucial perspective on contemporary scientific practices and on the broader culture's interaction with the planet we all share. The Native American perspective is of particular local significance, as Tulsa County is comprised of the Muscogee, Cherokee, and Osage Nations.”  — Angela Sivadon, Ph.D., TCC Senior VP & Chief Academic Officer

Book Resources, News & Events

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Past Books & FAQs

TitleAuthorAcademic Years
RedeploymentPhil Klay2019-2020
Tulsa 1921: Reporting a MassacreRandy Krehbiel2020-2022
  • Deepen critical thinking capacities through common book-related high-impact practices
  • Provide a sustained, rich academic experience
  • Foster a sense of connection to the institution and to one another
  • Improve understanding of civic responsibilities
  • Strengthen empathetic capacities
  • Raise awareness of the humanities' civic importance

A common book program provides a shared foundation for students to engage with ideas and perspectives that can be very different from their own, leading to intellectual conversation and personal growth. — TCC President and CEO Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D.

Book nominations and the final selection are part of a College-wide process. A committee of TCC faculty, staff and students review numerous books in an effort to select one that is relevant, combines the College’s mission with community efforts, supports the goals of the Common Book Program, and which has broad applicability across disciplines.

Our common book program is embedded into the College Success course curriculum for first-time entering college students including all Tulsa Achieves students.

The Common Book Program is integrated into other courses across different disciplines that may vary semester to semester but have included:

  • Composition
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Reading
  • Sociology

The program also extends beyond the classroom with a series of events open to the public for discussion and learning.

Launched in Fall 2019 in response to a $81,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the TCC Common Book Program contributes to classroom curriculum and co-curricular programming for all.