Academics, Programs, and Opportunities

Academic Advisers

Every student is assigned a faculty member who serves as that student's academic adviser. At Oxford College, each student's assigned adviser will also teach a Discovery Seminar in their first semester of study. Faculty advisers will also work with students throughout their two years at Oxford and their Milestone Project in their final semester of study. Commitment to each student's holistic development, from academics to extracurriculars and from career to personal growth, is valued over narrow alignment with students' initial academic interests. Students meet with their adviser periodically throughout each semester to discuss degree progression, leadership opportunities, personal growth and development, career options, and summer plans such as study, internship and research. Students will be expected to meet with their advisers to complete their Milestone Project, as well. Adviser approval is required for registration and other changes to a student's enrollment after registration. Advisers, with support from Oxford College's Advising Support Center, assist students in their transition from high school to college and in their selection of courses, major, and career. While advisers provide assistance, each student is responsible for knowing and meeting the requirements for graduation explained in this catalog. Students who wish to change advisers should consult the faculty adviser(s) with whom they are interested in establishing the advising relationship. Adviser Change Request Forms are available in the Advising Support Center.

Student responsibilities: Participate in enrollment according to published timelines, as well as satisfy all graduation requirements. Plan in advance to meet with the faculty adviser, as well as Advising Support Center as applicable. Follow all procedures and meet all deadlines required by Oxford College regarding enrollment; academic procedures, exceptions, and requests; and summer study, internships, and research.

New Student Orientation

Oxford College offers an orientation program prior to the start of fall semester. All new students are required to attend in order to become familiar with the campus, meet members of the faculty and staff, take placement tests, participate in the advising process and register for classes. New students will be informed about dates and locations of orientation activities. Parents are encouraged to attend events on the first day of orientation, meet the faculty and administration, and become acquainted with the educational philosophy of Oxford College.

Student responsibilities (illustrative not exhaustive): attend and participate in Oxford's orientation program.

Academic Load And Credits

The standard unit of credit in the semester system is the semester hour. Most courses earn between three and five semester hours of credit, meeting for 150–250 minutes / week. Physical education classes earn one semester hour of credit and also meet for 150–200 minutes / week. Laboratories for science courses meet for additional hours each week.

To complete a degree within four full time semesters, the average course load for Oxford College students is 16 to 17 credit hours per semester (three to five courses worth 3–5 credit hours) and one physical education course per year.

Students may not take fewer than twelve hours nor more than nineteen hours (19), including physical education, in any one regular semester, with the following exceptions.

  1. Students must petition their academic adviser and the Advising Support Center (ASC) to overload to register for more than nineteen (19) credit hours via a form available from the ASC. Overloads will permit students to enroll up to twenty-two (22) credit hours maximum. Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and students in their final semester of work with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 are permitted to take up to twenty-two credits. Students with outstanding incomplete course grades may not overload in credits in subsequent semesters.

Students not meeting the criteria to overload, or whose petitions are denied, may appeal to the associate dean for academic affairs.

Petitions for overload permission may be not be submitted until classes begin and must be submitted by the end of open enrollment (add / drop / swap) at the start of a semester term.

Students who have not completed at least one regular semester of study at Oxford are limited to 19 credit hours maximum.

  1. Students must normally enroll for the minimum full-time load of twelve credits in every regular semester. There are two exception to this requirement: (1) students with credit load accommodations from the Office of Accessibility Service and (2) students in the final semester of work beyond four, completed regular (fall or spring) semesters who are not required to enroll for more credits than are needed to complete the degree.

International students need additional permission from International Student and Scholar Services office to underload and should consult Oxford’s International Student Program office.

Students receiving financial aid should consult with the Oxford College Financial Aid Office regarding effects of underloading on aid.

All credit for academic work must be awarded in the semester in which the work is undertaken, including summer sessions and internships.

Student responsibilities: enroll in at least (twelve) 12 credits each regular semester and no more than nineteen (19). Satisfy eligibility requirements, follow procedures, and meet all deadlines if an overload or underload is desired. Consult with Oxford ISP, as applicable.

Emory College Courses

During regular fall or spring semesters, Oxford students may enroll in courses at Emory College with the permission of the deans of both Oxford and Emory Colleges, or their designees. Such courses cannot be equivalent to courses offered at Oxford and normally must be courses required of Emory College sophomores as prerequisites to a particular academic major or program. Students must be in good standing and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better to be eligible to take courses at Emory College. Students are limited to a maximum of one Emory College course each regular semester. Students should send such requests to the associate dean for academic affairs no later than the end of Oxford preregistration for the relevant semester.


Summer School

Summer School is conducted jointly with Emory College, Goizueta Business School, and the School of Nursing on the Atlanta campus. There are three summer sessions during which students can take courses through Emory's Atlanta Campus: Maymester, Summer Session I (six weeks), and Summer Session II (six weeks). Courses are offered either online (limited availability and only available to students in good standing) and in-person.

Students interested in taking courses offered through Emory's Summer School must consult with and receive permission from their assigned faculty adviser and the Advising Support Center. The Advising Support Center will review course eligibility, academic placement, and prerequisite requirements. The Advising Support Center can help students enroll, make changes to their schedules during add/drop/swap period or withdraw from courses on or before the withdrawal deadlines. Summer enrollment can help supplement academic progress at Oxford College; however, summer session may not be used to replace a regular semester of residency at Oxford.

Summer School courses can count towards general education courses and Oxford College graduation requirements. Some components of Oxford's General Education Program (specifically INQ, Experiential Learning courses, Discovery Seminars, and the Milestone project), cannot be taken through Emory College Summer School. These types of courses are only offered at Oxford College.

Summer School courses can also satisfy intended major requirements, as well.

Summer School courses at Emory's Atlanta Campus will not count towards Emory College's residency requirement, which all Oxford students who continue on to Emory College must satisfy after they have fully continued on to the Atlanta Campus. Further information about summer school, including session dates, class schedule links, and preregistration permission forms can be found on the Oxford College Office of the Registrar website.

Oxford students are limited to 10 credits per six-week session.

Students who have not completed at least one regular semester of degree-seeking or dual enrollment study at Oxford College or Emory College are ineligible for summer school enrollment. Students must attempt at least one regular semester between any consecutive summer semester enrollments.

Student responsibilities: satisfy all eligibility requirements. Meet with the Advising Support Center for consultation and approval. Follow all procedures and meet all deadlines required summer school.

Transient Study

After matriculation at Oxford College, permission to take work at another institution within the United States is normally granted only for the summer following the first year of study, or before earning 64 credit hours. Students may take up to 18 credit hours as summer transient hours, providing they have not met the maximum of 18 hours allowed as AP/IB or other college credits earned prior to matriculation. (A student may count a total of 18 non-Emory hours towards their Oxford degree). First-year students who wish to take summer classes elsewhere in the United States must secure written permission from the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, their academic adviser and must not be on academic probation after the completion of spring semester. International students who wish to take coursework in their home country, to be defined as the country where they finished secondary school, must consult with both the Director of International Programs and the Assistant Dean, and must not be on academic probation.

Since permission depends upon approval of the intended courses, students should contact their academic adviser well before the end of the spring semester to obtain a transient application form. The transient application form, $100 nonrefundable application fee and catalog description should be turned in to the Oxford College Registrar's Office. For credit to be received, an official transcript must be received in the Oxford College Registrar's Office by October 1 of the year courses were taken. For more information and forms for transient study, please see Summer Programs on the Oxford College Registrar's website.

Note: Transient study is only approved for the summer between the first year and sophomore year of study at Oxford. Enrollment in at least a three-semester hour or a five-quarter hour course is acceptable for transient credit. If the institution gives three semester hours of credit, three semester hours of credit will be awarded when the student's transcript with a grade of "C" or better is received. Students wishing to enroll as transients at Oxford must also present written permission from their own registrar.

Arts At Oxford

Oxford students have many opportunities to participate in artistic presentations in music, theater, visual arts, and dance. One-, two-, and four-credit hour courses are available, depending upon the discipline. Faculty members direct the arts programs. Opportunities are open to all students regardless of potential major or whether or not they are enrolled in arts classes. Our students perform in plays, perform in and choreograph dances, sing in the Oxford Chorale, play instruments in chamber ensembles, create musical compositions, and exhibit visual arts. Many Oxford students successfully major or minor in the arts at Emory College, yet most who participate in the arts at Oxford do so to expand their total educational experience.


Internships provide excellent opportunities to explore professional pathways during the Oxford liberal arts education. While an internship is valuable regardless, Oxford College also offers academic credit for coursework completed in conjunction with an internship. There are two such opportunities; each carries one S/U credit. In both cases, students are responsible for securing their own internships. To be eligible, each student must meet any eligibility criteria for the internship and be in good academic and conduct standing. Enrollment is by permission only using an online application. All course components must be completed at the "satisfactory" level to earn a "satisfactory" grade in each course.

Internship courses traditionally feature experiences in the summer. Internship courses will not officially complete until AFTER the internship has concluded. Sophomore students participating in internship courses will wait to apply to graduate from Oxford College in the summer. Final grades are determined after the internship concludes and course components are graded.

The first, Introductory Internship in the Liberal Arts (typically taken in summer), offers a general pairing of work experience and reflection: utilizing a Readiness framework, this course is intended to introduce students to competencies that will be the basis for curricular and co-curricular reflection and life design throughout the first two years of undergraduate liberal arts study. If taken in summer, a tuition voucher may be provided to cover the cost of the academic credit. The second opportunity, Disciplinary Internship in the Liberal Arts (typically taken in Fall or Spring semester), may carry Experiential Learning (E) credit and offers a student the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member to pair their work experience with specific content in an academic discipline.

Learning to Lead

Learning to Lead seeks to serve as a gateway for first-year student confidence and involvement in the academic and social communities of Oxford College. By exploring individual leadership, group leadership, and community leadership, the course will provide students with information and tools that will help them along their career at Oxford College. Co-taught by a current sophomore student and a faculty or staff member, Learning to Lead will guide students through the framework of the Social Change Model to allow them opportunities to reflect on their own Oxford experience and develop as leaders.


The Lyceum Committee is comprised of members of the Oxford College faculty and staff. Its goal is to plan academic and artistic events for Oxford College students faculty, staff, and members of the community. Every academic year, the committee offers a series of lectures on political, social, and religious topics by renowned speakers and presents artistic performances by national and international artists. The Lyceum Committee wishes to highlight the cultural and religious diversity at Oxford College and Emory University. This diversity entails the willingness to forsake prejudice, intolerance, and xenophobia and not only encounter but also understand and embrace others in a community of learning and mutual trust..

Oxford College Woodruff Scholars Program

Each year Oxford College designates a number of its outstanding incoming first-year students as Oxford Robert W. Woodruff Scholars, selected on the basis of their scholar qualities, grades, curriculum, test scores, essays, extracurricular activities, and demonstrated interest. While enrolled at Oxford, these scholars participate in the Woodruff Scholars program.

The Oxford College Woodruff Scholars program is dedicated to the academic enrichment of Oxford College as well as promoting a sense of community among Woodruff Scholars. Scholars not only interact with other scholars but also with faculty members who volunteer their time to this program.

The program involves events such as dinners with faculty, lectures and discussions on significant literary, historical, or artistic topics, and other events of interest. The cultural component exposes scholars to a wide range of cultural events in the local area and in Atlanta, such as plays, concerts, and other cultural activities.

Oxford Studies

Oxford Studies is a one-hour, elective, multidisciplinary course, which, through attendance, participation, and written reflection, encourages thoughtful involvement in the cultural, artistic, and educational activities available in our community beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. Students earn credit by attending lectures, panels, music, theater, and dance events and by writing critiques of events. Oxford Studies supports the college's mission by promoting engagement with liberal arts issues of shared interest. It is offered every semester and may be repeated for credit. Students can enroll in Oxford Studies during class registration each fall and spring.

Student responsibilities (illustrative not exhaustive): students should add the class to their schedule during the relevant enrollment time.

Pierce Program in Religion

The Pierce Program in Religion began in 1976 with a gift from the D. Abbott Turner family. William Turner and the other members of the Turner family endowed the Pierce Chair in Religion in honor of two of their ancestors: Dr. Lovick Pierce and Bishop George Foster Pierce. Bishop Pierce, William Turner's great-great-grandfather, was president of Emory College from 1848 to 1854.

  • Oxford College Department of Religion: The Department of Religion offers courses that fulfill general education requirements at Oxford College and Emory College as well as requirements for a religion major or minor on the university level.
  • Pierce Lecture Series: This series, which includes the Chaplain's Lecture Series, brings to campus a number of distinguished lecturers in religious studies, ethics, and related disciplines.
  • Pierce Visiting Scholar program with the University of Oxford in England: The Pierce Visiting Scholar program is a faculty exchange between the two Oxfords, Oxford College and the University of Oxford in England.
  • Emory Studies in Early Christianity and Rhetoric in Religious Antiquity: Emory Studies in Early Christianity and Rhetoric in Religious Antiquity are book series that investigate early Christian literature in the context of Mediterranean literature, religion, society, and culture.
  • Global Connections: Sponsored by the Pierce Program in Religion and housed in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Global Connections is a travel experience designed to help students create meaning in their lives and connect their religious and spiritual convictions with social justice issues, including peace, poverty, human rights, and the environment.
  • The Dr. Lovick Pierce and Bishop George F. Pierce Chair of Religion David B. Gowler: David B. Gowler is the Dr. Lovick Pierce and Bishop George F. Pierce Chair of Religion; and a senior faculty fellow, the Center for Ethics, Emory University.

Religious and Spiritual Life at Oxford College

The chaplain is a resource for all members of the college community and an advocate for the religious and spiritual life groups on campus. Programs and counseling services offered through the chaplain's office support students during their time at Oxford.

Respect for all religious and spiritual traditions is important at Oxford. All are welcome here, whether or not they are part of a religious, spiritual, or faith tradition. While here, students have the opportunity to participate in service, social, and religious programs sponsored by the chaplain's office, the Interfaith Council, and the 10 chartered religious and spiritual life groups at the college. Throughout the year, many events celebrate a variety of faith traditions and their holidays.

The resources of the chaplain's office are available to all members of the college community. For more information, visit the website.

  • The Journeys Travel Program: This travel program originated at Oxford College in 1988 but is now sponsored by Emory University's Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. For more information, please contact Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace, college chaplain, at 770.784.8392.

Study Abroad and Travel Courses

Study Abroad

Oxford College encourages enrolled undergraduate students to participate in Study Abroad programs offered through Emory College's Study Abroad Office. Students must be in good academic and conduct standing to participate in any study abroad program.

There are two types of study abroad programs available through this office: summer study abroad and semester study abroad.

Summer Study Abroad

Students must consult with and receive approval from the Oxford College Advising Support Center before applying to participate. Students must have and maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA (although some programs may require higher GPA) and be in good academic standing. Courses taken through summer study abroad programs can count towards Oxford academic credits as well as the general education program. Both first- and second-year students are eligible to apply for these programs if they meet program specific eligibility criteria. Sophomore students participating in spring study abroad programs must wait to apply to graduate from Oxford College in the summer. Final grades are determined after travel concludes and coursework is graded.

Student responsibilities (illustrative not exhaustive): students must satisfy all eligibility requirements. Students should meet with the Advising Support Center for consultation and approval. Students must also follow all procedures and meet all deadlines required by Emory College's Study Abroad Office.

Semester Study Abroad

Students must consult with and receive approval from the Oxford College Advising Support Center. The earliest semester that a student (at either Oxford College or Emory's Atlanta campus) can study abroad is the fourth regular semester; for most students, this means spring of the sophomore year. In addition to three completed regular semesters of academic residency (fall and spring semesters only — summer study in Atlanta does not count towards this requirement) students must also maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, be in good academic standing, and complete all Oxford specific General Education Program requirements (tagged courses) at the end of the regular semester preceding the planned semester abroad. Students studying abroad apply academic credit from semester abroad programs to count towards the total academic credit hours required for their Oxford degree. Since many programs do not end within Oxford's spring academic calendar, all spring study abroad students will apply to graduate during summer semester following the semester abroad. Applications for Spring semester abroad are due in early October and require approval of the Advising Support Center.

Student responsibilities (illustrative not exhaustive): satisfy all eligibility requirements. Meet with the Advising Support Center for consultation and approval. Follow all procedures and meet all deadlines required by Emory College's Study Abroad Office.

Typically involved parties: ASC, Emory College Study Abroad Office

Possible outcomes (illustrative not exhaustive): acceptance for a study abroad program, or denial. Additional costs, paperwork, and tasks. Deferred graduation date.

Travel Courses

Oxford College offers short-term, faculty-led travel programs as part of the Experiential Learning Program. Students must be in good academic and conduct standing to participate in any travel course.

Travel courses can satisfy the Experiential Learning (E) requirement of the general education program. Travel courses include coursework that takes place during the regular semester (fall and spring semesters only). For the travel component, students will depart with faculty either during a designated break (for ex. Spring Break) or after regular courses conclude at the end of the semester. The travel site(s) may be domestic or international.

Spring travel courses traditionally feature travel in early May or June, especially for international trips. Since the travel component is a graded part of the course, travel courses will not officially complete until AFTER the travel has concluded. Sophomore students participating in spring travel courses will wait to apply to graduate from Oxford College in the summer. Final grades are determined after travel concludes and travel related projects are graded.

Enrollment in travel courses requires approval. Those who lead these courses set criteria for students' enrollment that reflect the background needed to benefit from the travel experience and any relevant safety considerations. Students must pay an additional fee to cover the expenses of travel. Students who qualify for financial aid for the semester tuition may apply for additional aid to assist with the travel fee for travel programs.

Student responsibilities (illustrative not exhaustive): satisfy all eligibility requirements. Follow all procedures and meet all deadlines set by travel course faculty.

Typically involved parties: Academic Affairs, Oxford College faculty

Possible outcomes (illustrative not exhaustive): acceptance for a travel course, or denial. Additional costs, paperwork, and tasks. Deferred graduation date.

Student Research Opportunities

The Oxford Research Scholars (ORS) program offers selected students the opportunity to work directly with faculty members for a full academic year on disciplinary research projects or projects related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Faculty members in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and physical education have worked with dozens of students on a variety of projects.

Students chosen as Oxford Research Scholars present their work in the annual Oxford Research Scholars Spring Symposium. As program participants, students learn how research within their disciplines leads to knowledge creation, current research in their disciplines, and how research is organized and funded. Through knowledge of and direct involvement in research, students develop a different perspective on learning.

The SURE–Oxford program is an extension of Emory's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. Students work with Oxford faculty for 10 weeks in the summer as a researcher on projects.

The Oxford Research Scholars and SURE-Oxford programs reflect Oxford College's recognition of the educational benefits that achieved by involving first-year and sophomore students in the research process. Participation in these programs is by invitation.

Student responsibilities (illustrative not exhaustive): satisfy all eligibility requirements. Contact a professor whose research is of interest. Follow all procedures and meet all deadlines required by the program(s).

Typically involved parties: Oxford College faculty

Possible outcomes (illustrative not exhaustive): acceptance, or denial.