There is an important post by Jessie Roberts at The Dish on a study of the reading lists at American universities.
Check it out. Few classics and lots of books with political themes. The political leaning is heavily left-wing - Dennis Prager has a point when he says many universities are left-wing seminaries - but I imagine that people from all points in the political spectrum will find this report to be disturbing. Click on through to the study. It deserves much discussion and debate.
An excerpt from the study:
The top two subject categories were Science and Multiculturalism/Immigration/Racism, and the top genres were memoir and biography. Some book types were notably missing from common reading assignments. Classic texts and books published before 1990 were scarce, and ﬁction was far outpaced by nonﬁction. There were no classics of history; no biographies of, nor autobiographies, speeches, or writings by, American political leaders; no works by ancient philosophers; no works of the Enlightenment; no classical works of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or Confucian thought; and no scientiﬁc classics.