Open Syllabus Project Notes Macmillan Learning Titles Are Most Assigned in English Literature, History and Psychology

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Finding the right course materials can be critical to helping students on their learning journey. That’s why we really enjoyed learning that The Open Syllabus Project found, after reviewing more than six million syllabi, that Macmillan Learning course materials were assigned by the most college instructors for courses in English Literature, History and Psychology.


The American Promise The Open Syllabus Project found that A Writer's Reference from Bedford/St. Martin’s was the second most assigned title from every course material being used across college campuses today, appearing in more than 7,500 course syllabi. It also beat out classics like Canterbury Tales to become the most assigned text in English LiteratureOther top titles are The American Promise: A History of the United States by James L. Roark published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, which was the most assigned title in History appearing in more than 4,000 course syllabi; and Psychology by David G. Myers from Worth Publishers, which was the most assigned title in Psychology appearing in more than 2,000 course syllabi. 


Some of the other course materials from Macmillan Learning and our imprints (including imprints Bedford/St. Martin’s, W.H. Freeman, and Worth Publishers) that were among the top 10 most assigned materials in their respective subjects include:  



Discovering the Universe, Neil F. Comins 

Universe, William J. Kaufmann


Molecular Cell Biology, Harvey F. Lodish



Quantitative Chemical Analysis, Daniel C. Harris



Macroeconomics, N. Gregory Mankiw


English Literature:

A Writer's Reference, Diana Hacker 

A Pocket Style Manual, Diana Hacker 



World Regional Geography: Global Patterns, Local Lives, Alex Pulsipher, Lydia Mihelic Pulsipher 



The American Promise: A History of the United States, James L. Roark 

A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, Mary Lynn Rampolla 



Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, George P. McCabe, David S. Moore 



A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking, Dan O.'Hair, Hannah Rubenstein, Robert A. Stewart

A Speaker's Guidebook: Text and Reference, Dan O.'Hair, Hannah Rubenstein, Robert A. Stewart 



Psychology, David G. Myers 

Exploring Psychology, David G. Myers 


We don’t plan on resting on our laurels, and will continue to invest in new and diverse voices and content. New course materials for use in the upcoming academic year will be announced soon, and we’re very much looking forward to issuing these future classics.


The Open Syllabus Project uses machine learning to analyze millions of syllabi to understand the college teaching, publishing, and intellectual traditions around the world. They are based at the American Assembly, non-profit organization affiliated with Columbia University.