The Oxford Experience
Will Brantley '15
As cliché as it sounds, it is truly difficult to adequately express my experience at Oxford these last few weeks. Before explaining my experience, I should perhaps explain the Oxford pedagogical system. There is no physical University of Oxford, but thirty-eight constituent colleges that make up the university.For example, I am a member of Worcester College. There are no tradition classes here at Oxford. Instead, one goes to periodic lectures that are pertinent to one's course of study; however, these lectures are neither compulsory nor always directly related to one's studies. They are simply a means to contextual or provide a basis for one's readings or studies. Having said this, I think it is important to point out that there is a tremendous amount of work done by Oxford students. Full Story...
Itself steeped in over 200 years of history, Hampden-Sydney College knows that the study of history is hallmark to the pursuit of self understanding and a liberal arts education. The History department offers a variety of courses in African-American, American, Asian, European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern history, as well as a required survey of Western Civilization. A history major is a good foundation for careers in teaching, law, and public affairs.
The requirements for a major in History are 33 hours in History courses, including 9 hours in United States history, History 101, 102, and one additional course in European history, and 6 hours in areas outside of Europe and the United States. History 499 and 6 elective hours compose the remainder of the major.
All 300- and 400-level courses are open only to juniors and seniors, or others with the consent of the instructor.