Each year prior to arriving on campus, Loyola first-year students read a single book that will later be explored and discussed in a wide variety of ways in many first-year classes and through a series of special events. All members of the Class of 2017 will join in reading Mark Haddon’s 2004 novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which follows a 15-year-old boy’s quest to uncover the truth about the mysterious death of a neighbor’s dog.
Loyola faculty members chose the book largely because of its emphasis on disability—a topic that affects many Loyola students, and an important aspect of diversity that often receives less attention than racial, gender, ethnic, religious, and other types of identities. The novel creates opportunities for discussion of vital issues of social justice—and is also sharply constructed, riotously funny, and quite moving.
Common Text Study Guide
Common Text Essay Contest (Sponsored by the Dean of First-Year Students)
2013-2014 Common Text Events & Activities
Past Common Texts at Loyola University Maryland