UA in Oxford is one of the Honors College’s premier study abroad experience. In this letter, Founding Dean Emeritus Bob Halli describes this signature program.

Dear Honors College Students,

I’m sharing this information on UA in Oxford, UK, Second Term Summer School, 2017, now so that you can consider it before committing to courses for spring semester, and possibly signing up for courses you would rather take in Oxford.

The UA in Oxford Program will include three honors offerings during summer 2017: UH 210 Honors Fine Arts: The Arts of Oxford (Allen Jones), EN 215 Honors English Literature 1 (David Deutsch) and EN 216 Honors English Literature 2 (Bob Halli), which fulfill Honors and Core requirements.  UH 210 provides 3 of the 18 required honors hours, 3 of the 6 UH hours required, 3 of the 12 hours in humanities and fine arts for the core, and the 3 hours of fine arts for the core.  EN 215 and 216 each provide 3 of the 18 required honors hours, 3 of the 12 hours of humanities and fine arts for the core, and the 3 hours of literature for the core.

Honors Fine Arts: The Arts of Oxford includes literature (Phillip Pullman, Lewis Carroll), architecture ancient and new, art (you’ll love the Pre-Raphaelites), science (see Einstein’s chalkboard), baroque music in baroque chapels, Shakespeare in college gardens, pub food and
high tea, and many tours of sights and sites (walk in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll and Alice, Emma Watson, Oscar Wilde, Christopher Wren, and the Oxford Martyrs).  If you have taken UH 210 once already, you can take it again for credit in Oxford.

Honors English Literature 1 provides a survey from the Anglo-Saxon period to 1800.  While we’ll pay special attention to Shakespeare, we’ll also consider Beowulf, legends of King Arthur and Camelot, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, racy and witty restoration drama, as well as poetry by John Donne, Mary Wroth, and Jonathan Swift. The course is designed to take advantage of our Oxford summer home and our excursions throughout England.

Honors English Literature 2 provides a survey from 1800 to the present, concentrating where possible on Oxford authors (Oscar Wilde, W. H. Auden), works about Oxford (Matthew Arnold’s “Thyrsis” and “Scholar Gypsy,” the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure), and works written in Oxford (W. B. Yeats’s “The Second
Coming,” T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”).  The course begins with a short novel whose opening scene is set in our college.

There will also be three upper-level (300 or 400) courses offered in the program, two in History and one in English.  The instructors of these upper-level courses have always been willing to do “honors-by-contract” in them if you would like to turn them into honors courses.  These courses will be EN 311/422: “‘Black Sails’ and The ‘Real’ Pirates of the Caribbean” (Cassie Smith);

HY 300/400:  Charles Darwin & Jack the Ripper: Science, Medicine, and Society in Victorian Britain (Erik Peterson); and HY 300: Tudor and Stuart Political and Social History (Tracey Sowerby).  Dr. David Deutsch of English, the 2017 Program Director, has put together a great website on the program which you can access at oxford.ua.edu.  It contains much more detail on the upper-level courses and on other things.  Capstone International has its study-abroad application online.

Worcester College, our home in Oxford, is gorgeous.  Some buildings date to the Middle Ages and it’s the only college with a lake and the only one with its sports fields on site!  Each student has a private room with bath and we take meals in the Great Hall.  (Interesting sidelight:  Emma Watson, an Oxford native and alumna of Brown University in Rhode Island, studied at Worcester College on her “Junior Year Abroad.”)  Oxford itself is wonderful, full of history and charm, but with all the modern conveniences.  We are one hour by train from London.  The word used most frequently by students to describe their experience in the program is “magical.”

Dr. David Deutsch of English, the 2017 Program Director, has put together a great website on the program which you can access at http://oxford.ua.edu/  It contains much more detail on the upper-level courses and other things.  Capstone International has its study-abroad application online.

If you have questions about study abroad that aren’t answered by the online material, you can call Capstone International at 205-348-5256 or drop by its office in 135 B. B. Comer Hall.  If you have questions for me, please email me at rhalli@bama.ua.edu. I am truly delighted to correspond with students interested in the Alabama at Oxford Program.   I have also included here a list of students who have taken at least one honors course in the UA in Oxford Program and who have said they would be happy to correspond with students interested in going in 2016.

This message is coming to you this early to give you a little time to plan your spring schedule with Oxford in mind for the summer and to convince your parents that there is nothing they desire more than sending you to Oxford next summer for the UA in Oxford Program.

Best wishes,

Bob Halli
Founding Dean Emeritus, Honors College
Professor Emeritus of English
The University of Alabama
rhalli@bama.ua.edu

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