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CMRS Semester Programme

CMRS’s Semester Programme curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts tradition: qualified students from all disciplines are welcome to apply.  The overall aim is to provide each student with a rigorous training in particular disciplines within the context of a broad and well-balanced academic, cultural, and social life. Certain qualities are necessary if a student is to obtain maximum benefit from an education here: an enquiring mind, a critical approach to facts and, above all, a capacity for creative as well as analytical thought.

The emphasis at CMRS is on scholarship.  The academic programme is carefully devised so that students receive either specialized training in Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies or follow a more general course of studies in the Liberal Arts. Teaching at CMRS is provided on a one-to-one basis in tutorials, supplemented by small seminar classes and an integral course.  The Oxford tutorial system ensures the closest possible cooperation between teachers and pupils.

Ten weeks of each semester coincide with the University's Michaelmas or Hilary Terms, and the CMRS programme of tutorials and seminars is planned to take advantage of Oxford's academic and cultural life. The remaining four weeks are devoted to the integral course which provides a framework for the more detailed work of the tutorials and seminars.  During a semester a student takes four courses for a total of 16 semester credits:



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Ross McIntire, Autumn Semester 2009, Carleton College