Academics

“Even beyond the completely unique academic experience, there’s something special about Oxford itself. Long discussions of C.S. Lewis become unforgettable when they take place at C.S. Lewis’s favorite pub.” —Dan Burns ‘06

Intellectual challenge and curricular flexibility are among the features that set the Williams-Exeter Programme apart from other study abroad options available to Williams juniors. Students are encouraged to pursue a course of study during their year at Oxford that reflects the strength of the University’s offerings. As they select areas of focus for tutorial work, students have the opportunity to explore a variety of fields for which Oxford is particularly noted such as English literature, history, philosophy, mathematics, sciences, politics, classics, and theology. Over the course of three terms, students are required to enroll in five or six full tutorial courses. Course work consists of individual or small group meetings, occasional lectures, extensive readings, the regular writing and defense of essays, and the completion of term exams.

The tutorials taken at Oxford replace the regular eight semesters and one Winter Study course of a normal academic year at Williams, and, further separating Williams-Exeter from other study away programs, are incorporated into the calculation of a student’s grade-point average. Tutorials can also be used to fulfill distribution and major requirements. The resident director of the Programme, a member of the Williams faculty who resides at the Ephraim Williams House and serves as academic and personal advisor to students, can offer assistance in course selection and help with individual considerations.

SAMPLE TUTORIALS

  • Archaeology: Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England c. 600-750
  • Art History: English Architecture 1660-1720
  • Biology: Cancer Immunology
  • Chemistry: Organic Chemistry
  • Classics: Ovid
  • Computer Science: Computational Linguistics
  • Economics: British Economic History since 1870
  • Economics: Game Theory
  • English: 20th Century Novel
  • English: English Literature 1832-1900
  • English: History, Theory, and Use of the English Language
  • English: Shakespeare
  • History: The Crusades
  • History: Imperial and Global History 1750-1914
  • History: The Military and Society in Britain and France 1650-1815
  • Internet Studies: Social Media and Network Analysis
  • Law: International Public Law
  • Law: Medical Law and Ethics
  • Mathematics: Galois Theory
  • Mathematics: Number Theory
  • Music: Twentieth Century English Opera
  • Philosophy: Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Criticism
  • Philosophy: Frege, Russell and Wittgenstein
  • Politics: International Relations in the Era of the Cold War
  • Politics: Modern British Politics
  • Psychology: Social Psychology
  • Theology: Christian Moral Reasoning