Academic Divisions

History and Social Sciences

Professors Ashmore, Bagwell, Carter, K., Lewis, Owen-Smith, and Shapiro; Associate Professors DeNicola, Leinweber, Ninkovic, Shannon, and Yang; Assistant Professors Beaudette, Goss, Ham, McGee, Olson, and Romano; and Senior Lecturers Riner and Vigilante

The need for students to acquire knowledge of the enduring values of Western civilization and of concepts that underlie these values imbues the purpose of the History and Social Sciences Division. This purpose presumes that responsible members of society can develop only from persons who understand their roots and whose convictions are the result of critical thought rather than simple acculturation. This is the foundation for the disciplines of the division, which also provide the academic basis for a variety of professional and vocational options.


Professors Anderson and Gowler; Associate Professors Archetto, Bayerle, Cottrell, Ivey, Loflin, McGehee, Moyle, Mullen, Pohl, and Tarver; Assistant Professors Dobbin-Bennett, El Younssi, Fesette, Gunnels, Mousie, Palomino, Reid, and Resha; Professor of Pedagogy Bell; Senior Lecturer Davis; Lecturers Hawley and Tarazona

The Division of Humanities offers introductory and upper-level courses in American studies, art, film, foreign language, Latin American and Caribbean studies, literature, music, philosophy, and religion. The division encourages students to evaluate and appreciate our literary, artistic, philosophical, and religious heritage. English 185 / English 186 cannot be used to satisfy the humanities requirement. English 399R, Music 300R, Music 300V, and Music 310 may not be used to fulfill the General Education program requirements.

Students graduating from Emory College must have completed two semesters of work in a foreign language. Students are encouraged to complete this requirement at Oxford so that they may concentrate on work in their chosen major during their junior and senior years.

English Requirements

First-year Writing Requirement

Students must satisfactorily complete their First-Year Writing Requirement during the first year of their enrollment at Oxford College. The requirement can be met with English 185: Critical Reading and Writing or with English 186: Critical Reading and Writing for Multilingual Students. Students may be eligible to exempt the First-Year Writing Requirement with appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) credit, International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, or transfer credit.

Natural Science and Mathematics

Professors Baker, Carter, Jacob; Associate Professors Chen, Parker, Powell, Rogers, Saadein, and Seitaridou; Assistant Professors Fankhauser, Hage, Hulgan, McLean, Neuman, Nkomo, Osburn, Purkis and Scharf; Professors of Pedagogy Harmon; Senior Lecturer Oser; Lecturers Das, Lee, Martin, Mo, Segre, and Taliaferro-Smith.

The Division of Natural Science and Mathematics includes astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science/geology, physics, and mathematics.

Placement recommendation into any science course, excluding chemistry, is contingent on student profile (courses completed, standardized testing). Placement recommendation into any chemistry course is contingent on successful completion of an online placement module. Placement recommendation into any mathematics course is dependent on performance on the placement tests given during orientation which, in turn, is dependent on the online mathematics placement that each student needs to take before arriving. A student who anticipates concentrating in natural science at Emory should take a minimum of two courses in his or her chosen field, two courses in an allied science, and basic mathematics courses at Oxford.


Students entering colleges and universities across the country vary considerably in their level of preparation in mathematics. Students need to select courses according to their ability and needs. Entering students earn credit toward the MQR mathematics requirement through some Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests. As a general rule, students may earn credit through AP or IB, or by completing the comparable Oxford course, but not both. If credit is earned through AP or IB, then lower level courses in the sequence Mathematics 100/110/111/112 may not be taken for credit. Specifics are as follows: 

AP Exam or Course Equivalents:

We will accept a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Statistics exam. It is counted as general transfer credit (credit applied toward graduation, but will not be considered a course equivalent and will not fulfill any major program requirements in Emory College).

We will accept a score of 4 or 5 on the AP BC Calc exam, and it is counted as Math 111/112.

We will accept a score or 4 or 5 on the AO AB Calc exam, and it is counted as Math 111/112. 

IB Exam and Course  Equivalents:

We will accept a 5, 6, or 7 on the HL Math IB exam, and it is counted as Math 111 credit.

Notes: (1) What Emory College accepts to fulfill major program requirements is subject to change. Please consult the appropriate. (2) AP Statistics credit currently counts for one of the Goizuetta admission prerequisites. AP Statistics does not satisfy the MQR tagged area requirement, but it will transfer as elective credit according with general AP policy.

Tutors and Supplemental Instructors

In the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics, some of our best students (usually sophomores) serve as tutors, laboratory assistants (TA), and supplemental instructors (SI).

Tutors are available in the Mathematics Center in the afternoons to help students with homework. The mathematics department provides student tutors for Math 100, 110, 111, 112, and 117Q.

Student assistants (TAs) are used in science laboratories. Depending on the agreement, these laboratory assistants may hold study sessions, help students study for tests, or tutor at night.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) leaders assist students in studying for historically difficult courses. SI leaders are students who have successfully completed the course for which they lead supplemental instruction. Each SI leader attends the class to which they are assigned and holds one to two study sessions per week to help students learn how to study for the course. These sessions are voluntary and attendance is not reported to the professor. For additional information and updated SI schedules please visit the Oxford website on Supplemental Instruction.

Physical Education

Introduction of Center for Healthful Living

The Center for Healthful Living (the CHL) under the leadership of Director Amanda Yu-Nguyen supports the Oxford College core mission of healthy living in a residential, liberal arts environment. The CHL program provides the college community with opportunities to find pleasure and meaning in a broad range of physical activities. The faculty and staff in the CHL are dedicated to integrating physical education with athletics, intramurals, and recreation in a coherent approach leading to a lifetime of healthy living.

Instructors for Center for Healthful Living 

Lecturer/Academic Coordinator Mary C. Rucker; Instructor/Head Men’s Soccer Coach Gregory Moss-Brown; Instructor/Head Men and Women’s Tennis Coach Pernilla Hardin; Instructor/Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach Molly McNamara; Instructor/Head Women’s Soccer Coach Tinna Gallagher; Instructor/Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach Ella O’ Kelley; Instructor/Dance Coordinator Alejandro Abarca.

Students are required to earn two semester hours in Physical Education from the CHL. Students must complete one physical education course during their first year and sophomores must complete one physical education class during their sophomore year, unless granted an exemption by the dean of academic affairs, in consultation with the academic coordinator and director of the Center for Healthful  Living.

Physical activities for physical education classes may include vigorous movement. Students who have a medical condition that prevents them from fully participating in a physical education class, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS). The courses will be adjusted to fit the needs of the student so that the student will be able to meet the graduation requirements. If a student is incapacitated while enrolled in a course, adjustments for completing the course will be made with his/her instructor.