Common Book Program

The TCC Common Book Program is a collective learning experience for thousands of students across the College, including a majority of first-time entering college students. It is embedded in the College Success (COLL 1003) curriculum and designed to spark discussion and dialogue from diverse points of view to help develop an engaged citizen.

Our Current Common Book

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

Title: Braiding Sweetgrass
Author: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Academic Years: 2022-24
Library Guide: Book Resources, News, and Events

"Three words from TCC's Beliefs and Values are rigorous, diverse, 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

Our Past Common Books

Title Author Academic Years
Redeployment Phil Klay 2019-2020
Tulsa 1921: Reporting a Massacre Randy Krehbiel 2020-2022

What is the Program's Goal?

Designed to promote a deeper understanding of the human experience, the program’s goal is to provide a shared experience to enhance civic engagement and build empathy while utilizing high-impact learning practices. Those practices include elements such as collaborative learning experiences, service-learning opportunities, and reflective writing assignments. The Common Book Program also incorporates themes of social responsibility as well as collaboration, inclusion, participation, and equity.

"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.

How is Each Year's Common Book Selected?

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.

How is Common Book Used in Curriculum?

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.