UA in Oxford is one of the Honors College’s premier study abroad experiences. 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, 2018, 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 two honors offerings during summer 2018: UH 210 Honors Fine Arts: The Arts of Oxford (Two sections, one taught by Allen Jones and one by Paul Phelps) and EN 216 Honors English Literature 2 (Andrew Owen), 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 216 provides 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 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 or four upper-level (300 or 400) English and History courses offered in the program.  Their instructors are always willing to do “honors-by-contract” in them if you would like to turn them into honors courses.  Titles and descriptions of these courses, along with a great deal of other information, will appear on the Capstone International Center website when it posts the “brochures” for its summer-abroad offerings.

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.”

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 our faculty, please email Dr. Paul Phelps at or call him at (205) 348-2144.

Best wishes,

Bob Halli
Founding Dean Emeritus, Honors College
Professor Emeritus of English
The University of Alabama

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