Study at Oxford
In Spring 2018, the Kinder Institute embarked on a partnership with University of Oxford’s Corpus Christi College that provides Mizzou undergraduates with an opportunity to experience the scholastic life, unique pedagogy, and rich traditions of one of the globe’s most storied institutions. While we are working to ensure that this partnership grows over time, we currently offer the following two opportunities to students on the MU campus.
Global History at Oxford
The first program of its kind at Mizzou, “Global History at Oxford” is both an intellectually rigorous, on-campus experience for students and an immersive study abroad opportunity. The core component of the program is Kinder Institute Chair in Constitutional Democracy Jay Sexton’s “Topics in Global and Transnational History” class (HIST 4004), a four-credit hour, spring semester course that asks students to consider why national history emerged as the default method of studying the past and to examine the new, more complex narrative that is un-earthed by taking a more transnational approach.
Studying the rise of global empires and the development of global history prepares students for the program’s second component: a week spent embedded at Corpus Christi College. Over spring break, all students in the class traverse the Atlantic to spend five days attending seminars with distinguished faculty at Oxford and neighboring colleges, soaking in the rich social fabric of the campus and city, and touring the British countryside. Held concurrently with an alumni trip, the program also allows students to connect with previous generations of MU undergrads.
And while a two-paragraph description can do no justice to this unique experience, perhaps the musings of three of the program’s inaugural participants can, so click here for a brief recap of the Spring Break 2018 week at Corpus.
Students interested in taking the trip in Spring 2019 should apply through the University of Missouri International Center by November 1, 2018 (details about applying can be found here). Some need-based scholarships are available.
While a week spent studying at Oxford is certainly an invaluable experience, as we found out from the first “Global History” cohort, it also leaves students wanting more. Through the Oxford Fellowship program, ‘more’ is possible. Starting in AY 2018-2019, the very best MU undergraduates will be able to spend a semester of full academic year as a fully-integrated, second-year student of history at Corpus Christi College. Oxford Fellows will have access to the full range of Corpus’ tutorial curriculum for history students and will be immersed in the culture and traditions of the College.
While students are encouraged to apply to spend the entire academic year abroad, which would allow them to take the full four-tutorial sequence for second-years with Corpus faculty members, they can apply only for the fall or spring.
Applications for the inaugural Oxford Fellowship program are now closed and will re-open at the beginning of the Spring 2019 semester. All rising juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for the program, but priority will be given to students whose application materials demonstrate a strong aptitude for the study of history.
Any questions about the “Global History at Oxford” or Oxford Fellowship programs can be sent to Kinder Institute Communications Associate Thomas Kane, KaneTC@missouri.edu, or Kinder Institute Chair Jay Sexton, SextonJ@missouri.edu.