Thomas More College’s Oxford Studies Program is a two-week course that delves into the lives and thoughts of G.K. Chesterton and other major Catholic thinkers such as John Henry Cardinal Newman, poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, and authors Hilaire Belloc and J.R.R. Tolkien. The program is designed to prepare participants for graduate school while helping them gain a deeper understanding of the role of the Catholic intellectual in today’s world through a combination of seminar-style lectures, guided tours, discussions, and conversations inspired by these four great writers.
Students explore landmarks of England that are important to these thinkers and English history. Students see Cardinal Newman’s colleges, the church where he preached as an Anglican, and the retreat center in Littlemore where he was received into the Catholic church in 1845. Furthermore, participants visit Tolkien’s grave in Wolvercote, one of his houses, and the pub where he and other Inklings met. In addition, they tour The Kilns, the home of C.S. Lewis, where he and Tolkien would frequently meet.
This year, we are delighted to have secured Rebekah Lamb as an in-house tutor to oversee the programme. Dr Lamb is from the Institute of Theology, Imagination and the Arts in Scotland, but she is also an alumna of the very first Second Spring Summer School and of The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. Other lecturers will include internationally-recognized specialists and excellent teachers Clare Asquith, Gerard Kilroy, Holly Ordway, and Michael Ward. You can learn more about our faculty here.
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Accreditation for this course is offered by Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. In order to complete the credit hours, you will need to:
With the Oxford program, the credit hours can be in any of the following areas:
If you wish to apply for the Oxford Scholars Program, or would like to discuss it further, please note this on your Application Form. Any questions you have concerning the accreditation prior to your applying should be addressed to Dr. William Fahey: email@example.com
Classes take place in the centre of Oxford, in lecture rooms at Blackfriars Hall, the Dominican Hall of Study at the University of Oxford. We offer residential and non-residential places, to allow for budget flexibility.
Information about the Residential and Non-Residential housing can be found HERE.
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