Oxford Research Seminar
Through a new partnership with the University of Oxford, Washington College students can spend time in residence at one of the leading universities in the world, participating in research seminars investigating religion, politics and culture.
This partnership allows a delegation of up to ten students and two faculty members to reside on campus, work with Oxford faculty, and conduct research at the Bodleian Library.
Eight Washington College students spent two weeks at the University of Oxford in June 2011 as part of a new program developed by the Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture. Under the auspices of the Oxford Research Seminar on Religion, Politics, and Culture, students stayed in dorms located in the heart of the University, and conducted research projects closely related to their anticipated senior thesis topic. Students worked under the direction of eight Oxford faculty members who are partnering with the Institute along with Institute director Joseph Prud’homme.
Having full access to the enormous resources of the Bodleian Library system, each student prepared a significant research paper and presented the paper to an Oxford faculty member through an in-depth tutorial. Oxford faculty also led students in a series of intensive seminars exploring a range of important topics addressing religion, culture, and political affairs. Professor Prud’homme remarks that the inaugural program was a great success.
“Students found the experience highly enriching, and through their intensive yet structured independent research, they derived insights and sources that promise to catapult their senior thesis work to new heights.” The Oxford Research Seminar will be conducted annually in June. Students and faculty interested in learning more should contact Joseph Prud’homme at email@example.com.