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 two opportunities described below to students on the MU campus, a weeklong opportunity to study with Oxford professors over spring break and a fully-embedded fellowship program, through which a Mizzou undergrad spends an entire academic year as a student of history at Corpus Christi College.
General queries about these programs can be directed to Kinder Institute Communications Associate Thomas Kane, KaneTC@missouri.edu, and specific questions about academic life at Corpus can be directed to Oxford Fellowship Coordinator Prof. Jay Sexton, SextonJ@missouri.edu. The deadline to submit applications for the weeklong Spring Break trip falls each November and the deadline to submit Oxford Fellows applications falls each March.
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 “Global History at Oxford” class (HIST 4075), 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.
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 full academic year as a fully-integrated, second-year student of history at Corpus Christi College. Oxford Fellows will have access to the full, three-term range of Corpus’ tutorial curriculum for history students and will be immersed in the culture and traditions of the College.
Rising juniors and seniors of any major at MU are eligible to apply for the Oxford Fellowship, though priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated aptitude for the study of history. Applications for the 2020-21 Oxford Fellow will open in February. Application materials consist of unofficial transcripts, a writing sample of 15-20 pages from a course in the humanities or social sciences, and a letter of recommendation from a full-time faculty member in the humanities or social sciences. All application details will be made available at the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester.