Course Descriptions

In the following course descriptions, you will note that courses normally earn four semester hours of credit. The 100-level courses are general or survey courses, and most of the 200- and 300-level courses have such courses as prerequisites. The electronic syllabi for some of the courses described below can be found on the Oxford website.

American Studies

American Studies considers the patterns of American culture as they have changed over time. You will explore the particular experiences of Americans from different regions, social classes, races, ethnicities, genders and national backgrounds.

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Anthropology

Anthropology is the holistic study of human beings as biological and cultural organisms in both the past and present. At Oxford, you will have the opportunity to participate in anthropological research projects with faculty.

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Arabic

Our Arabic courses produce fluent Arabic speakers for business, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and the academic world. Arabic, the first language of over 200 million people from Morocco to Iraq, is the sacred language of Islam.

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Art History

Art History provides you with visual analysis skills to interpret the imagery that surrounds you and explore the works, meanings and abstract foundations of the visual arts.

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Astronomy

Astronomy is the study of stars, planets, comets and galaxies and other matter outside the Earth's atmosphere. You will take classes that are visually-oriented with labs that mix both planetarium computer simulations and first-hand viewing on our Oxford campus.

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Biology

In the study of Biology at Oxford, you will learn the fundamental concepts in the field of biological science, apply that information to problem solving and explore the biological world in both laboratory and field.

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Business

Accounting is the language of business. Fluency in financial reporting, the legal environment and taxation should be part of your vocabulary.

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Chemistry

Chemistry is sometimes known as the "central science," because it overlaps with the other sciences, including biology, physics, geology and environmental science.

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Chinese

Our Chinese program combines extensive language training with in-depth study of Chinese literature, culture and society. Expertise in Chinese studies prepares you for a range of international careers.

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Classics

The civilization and cultural achievements of ancient Greece and Rome continue to influence our values, the way we think and the questions we ask today. At Oxford, you will have the opportunity to study the languages, literature, culture and influence of the ancient world.

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Computer Science

Computers and problem solving with algorithm analysis have drastically changed the way people live and work. Our program focuses on fundamental computing concepts and general programming principles.

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Dance

The study of dance involves the total exploration of the self, emotional, intellectual, and kinesthetic. With Oxford's program, you will experience dance ranging from performance and production to technique and theory.

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Economics

Economics describes and analyzes the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. At Oxford, you will study economics in a liberal-arts environment, where the limitations and consequences of economics are considered in a broader social context.

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English

English courses at Oxford offer a broad range of study, from writing to literature in its many forms, including poetry, drama, myth, fiction, fantasy, science fiction, Shakespeare and Southern literature.

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Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies will challenge you to look at the ecological and social foundations of environmental issues and the complex interaction among them locally and globally. Our interdisciplinary curriculum relies on classroom learning, field study, internships, research and study abroad programs to help you develop skills in tackling real world issues. 

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Ethics and Servant Leadership

Explore important ethical questions and examine servant leadership practices.

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Film Studies

Our Film Studies program will give you a thorough knowledge of film history, theory and criticism.

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French

Our French program combines a variety of courses in language and distinctive overseas programs.

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Geology

Our Geology courses combine class learning with lab and off-campus field study. Focus on the geologic nature and history of the Earth.

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German

Oxford's German Studies program covers cultural, literary and historical topics relevant to the German-speaking world. We partner with semester- and year-long study abroad programs.

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Greek

Our program will introduce you to the core principles of classical Greek. This foundation will empower you to read and understand literary works rapidly.

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History

In addition to our introductory courses in traditional areas such as Western civilization and U.S. history, Oxford offers specialized courses on topics such as church history, mythic kings and American civil rights.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

We designed these courses to bring more than one disciplinary perspective to bear on a topic of study.

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Internship

The Academic Internship Program is an opportunity for students to earn one hour of academic credit.

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Italian

You will focus on the study of Italy from a multifaceted perspective: literary, cultural, historical, artistic, philosophical, and political.

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Latin

Oxford's Latin program will reveal to you the essential elements of classical Latin. This groundwork will enable you to read and understand literary works rapidly.

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Mathematics

Mathematics, the science of space and number, is a key discipline in the liberal arts, and upon it depend many of the natural and social sciences. The study of mathematics helps in the development of general analytical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.

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Music

At Oxford, you can study music as an academic discipline, including courses in music appreciation, music history and performance. These are open to all students, including those who are learning about music for the first time.

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Oxford Studies

This multidisciplinary elective course encourages thoughtful involvement in the cultural, intellectual, and artistic activities available in our community.

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Philosophy

Oxford's Philosophy courses challenge you to consider yourself and the world you live in with a critical eye.

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Physical Education

Physical Education courses promote an understanding of the importance of frequent physical activity and the interplay of the multiple dimensions of fitness and wellness.

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Physics

Physics, the science dealing with energy, matter and their interactions, is offered at Oxford for students who wish to major in physics, mathematics, computer science, or chemistry, and for students who seek a pre-engineering curriculum.

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Political Science

Political Science describes and analyzes political life. Oxford courses focus on political philosophy, U.S. government and international relations.

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Psychology

Our Psychology courses offer you a balanced curriculum in experimental, psychobiological, social/personality/clinical, and cognitive/developmental areas.

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Quantitative Theory and Methods

Quantitative Theory and Methods introduces basic descriptive and inferential statistics.

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Religion

The academic study of religion is an intellectual endeavor, but it also involves questions about fundamental issues of human existence. At Oxford, we teach religion in ways that promote dialogues that develop, challenge, and enhance students' intellectual beliefs and personal convictions.

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Sociology

Sociology is the study of human social behavior, the groups to which humans belong, and the interactions that occur within those groups. At Oxford, the aim is to help students recognize the relationship between their own experience and the broader social forces that shape the world.

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Spanish

Oxford's Spanish program helps you progress towards a higher level of expertise in the Spanish language and culture. Our courses cover literature, linguistics, theater, music, and translation.

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Theater Studies

Theater studies includes courses in acting, the history of the theater and theater design. Oxford students also have opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activity during drama productions in both the fall and spring semester.

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Women's, Gender, And Sexuality Studies

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies aims to investigate the topics of women, gender and sexuality from an inclusive perspective that considers factors such as socioeconomic status, race, and national identity. 

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