Middlebury-CMRS Semester Programme
The Middlebury-CMRS semester programme is rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Courses are offered in the Humanities (Literature, History, Art History, Philosophy, Religion, Politics), although qualified students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. The aim is to provide each student with a rigorous academic training within the context of a broad and well-balanced cultural and social life. If you have an enquiring mind, a critical approach to knowledge and, above all, a capacity for creative as well as analytical thought, this is the programme for you.
The emphasis at Middlebury-CMRS is on scholarship. The academic programme is carefully devised so that students develop skills in critical reading and writing, while they receive specialized training in medieval, Renaissance, early modern or modern subjects. The course load at Middlebury-CMRS includes a supervised research paper, a small seminar class, and two one-to-one tutorials. The research paper hones the student's abilities in critical thinking. The seminar illuminates new readings through a group discussion. 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. The remaining four weeks are devoted to the research paper. During a semester each student takes four courses for a total of 16 semester credits: