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For all courses, the prerequisite is English 1213 or its equivalent. Students also must be 18 when the July program begins and have completed at least one year of college.
All courses count for Honors credit. HON 3970 sections count as Honors electives; HON 3993 sections count as Honors colloquia.      

The following three courses are six-hours of credit and take place in Norman (June) and Oxford (July):

HON 3970 and HON 3993: “Environments of Fiction” taught by Melanie Wright
The focus of the course will be how “place” functions within each text and how environments engender the narration. Texts include the novels Atonement by Ian McEwan and Jack Maggs by Peter Carey, the plays Arcadia by Tom Stoppard and Copenhagen by Michael Frayn, and contemporary poetry.

HON 3970 and HON 3993: “Shakespeare and Film” taught by Alan Velie
The course focuses on a selection of Shakespeare’s  tragedies and comedies including Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, and Othello and their film adaptations. The emphasis of the course will be on learning how to write effectively about literary, moral, and political issues.   

HON 3970 and HON 3993: “Banned Books,” taught by Brian Johnson
What makes a novel a piece of literature?  What works of literature have been censored in Great Britain, and why?  This course will examine a variety of cases surrounding the censorship or banning of literature produced by British authors.  In this class we will consider the properties of literariness and will examine the impulse to suppress while reading and discussing novels by the likes of DH Lawrence and Anthony Burgess.

For the six-hour courses, the writing assignments for the first half   (in Norman) will combine research and textual analysis as preparation for the tutorial papers in the second (Oxford) half of the course.  The courses are upper-division writing classes and students should have some experience writing research papers (a section of English 1213). At Oxford, students will have the opportunity to experience the tutorial where students meet in groups of two or three with an Oxford professor.
The following two courses are three hours of credit and take place at Oxford in July (students in these courses do not have class in June). Classes will be held Tuesday-Thursday each of the three weeks we are at Oxford.  

HON 3970: “Oxford and Archaeology,” taught by Tyler Jo Smith
The course will explore the tradition of archaeology in Britain, with particular attention to the Greco-Roman tradition. Emphasis will be on the Oxford contribution, focusing on such figures as Bernard Ashmole, Sir Arthur Evans (who excavated Knossos) and Sir John Beazley. Students will visit the British Museum and Ashmolean Museum. A combination of tutorial, lecture, and hands-on experience will enable each student to specialize in a particular area of archaeology, such as pottery, sculpture, casts, gems, architecture, or coins.

HON 3993: 1960s Culture and Counterculture: The Example of Popular Science,”
taught by Sarah Swenson
This seminar examines the culture of the Sixties in relation to three signal texts in biological popular science, The Territorial Imperative: A Personal Inquiry into the Animal Origins of Property and Nations by American playwright Robert Ardrey (1966); On Aggression by Austrian ethologist Konrad Lorenz (1966); and The Naked Ape by British biologist Desmond Morris (1967). 

Students using National Scholars or Regents scholarship money must be full-time, taking at least six hours; consequently, those who choose the 3-hour credit course must take another three hours, either a May or August intersession, a class at another time during the summer, or independent study hours. (Those who do not have summer scholarship support may take either a 3-hour or 6-hour credit course.) Each section fulfills Honors credit, and western civilization and culture upper division hours. Because the prefix is HON for each course, students may count it outside their majors.

Students may choose to take the course Pass/No Pass, and must indicate this option when enrolling. No changes may be made once the courses begin in June. Students must ask their academic advisors whether the course will count as general education and/or major credit if they choose the Pass/No pass option, but the courses do count as Honors credit regardless.

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