England: Humanities II in Oxford

HUMN 221, or 'HUMN II', is the second installment of Geneseo's Humanities-core requirement and, as such, is a required course for all Geneseo students.  This course (the original 'Humanities Abroad' course) is held at New College at Oxford University in Oxford, England.



Fast Facts

Program Type: Faculty-ledTerm/Duration: Summer/4-weeksSummer 2014 Program Dates: July 6 - August 6, 2014 (pending confirmation; dates may vary by a day or so)
Credits: 4Application Fee: $20Application Deadline: October 18
Estimated Study Abroad Fee:Estimated Tuition:Application: Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2014 course.

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OrientationCourse FacultyProgram Costs
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Course Details

The four credit-hour Humanities II course is a core requirement for Geneseo students and also satisfies the Western Civilization general education requirement of SUNY.  This course is held in Oxford, England, one of the world's greatest centers of learning, a place steeped in history and surrounded by the living evidence of human creativity.

  • The first public debates over Darwin's Origin of the Species were held two blocks from or campus.
  • In the 1640s, Charles I headquartered his royal army against the Puritans in the nearby park where many of our students take morning runs and walks.
  • Oxford math student Lewis Carroll (ne, Charles Dodgson) made up stories while baby sitting his dean's daughter Alice in the gardens of one of our neighboring colleges; these stories became Alice in Wonderland.
  • Perhaps most significantly, the scene in which Professor Moody points his wand at Malfoy and turns him into a white ferret was filmed right across from our dining hall at New College, giant tree and all (Harry Potter V: The Goblet of Firehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HobPkv5TELA).

The program runs for approximately 30 days, from early July to early August - dates vary slightly from year to year.  Students study western literature, history, culture, and institutions primarily through great works of Western European thought from 1600 to the present.  At Oxford a greater emphasis is placed upon British contributions to western civilization, complemented by trips to selected sites of particular interest.  Students will also have an opportunity to explore Oxford, London, and other exciting locales on their own.

The Setting

Oxford is one of the great centers of learning in Europe.  Situated conveniently close to London, it is also on the edge of one of England's most picturesque areas - the Cotswolds.  Also within easy travel is Stratford-upon-Avon.  The city itself became, briefly, the nation's capital during England's own Civil War.  Today, it is a bustling city and center of European heritage.

Students live and study at New College founded by William of Wykenham, Bishop of Winchester, in 1379.  The Black Death in 1348 claimed the lives of many of the church's parish priests, and New College was originally intended for the education of scholars to replace those who had died of the plague.  Today the Cloisters and Chapel can still be seen.  New College is one of 42 colleges that make up the University of Oxford.


Students live in New College.  Both single bed/sitting rooms or a single bedroom and separate sitting rooms are available (some shared with another bedroom).  No rooms have private bathrooms or showers, though most have washbasins.  Bed linens and towels are provided.


A series of meetings are held on campus to prepare students for the experience.  Written information and personal communication with both the program instructor and Geneseo Study Abroad staff will also help orient students for the trip.


Course Faculty

Course Instructor

The instructor for the summer 2014 HUMN II at Oxford will be Dr. Thomas Greenfield, Professor of English and winner of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Greenfield is the founder of the Summer Humanities Abroad/Away programs at Geneseo and has led student study groups to England (including Oxford five times), Ireland, Greece, and New York City.

Course Administrator

The program administrator for the HUMN II course at Oxford is Ms. Regina Clinton, Visiting Instructor of Biology at Geneseo.  Ms. Clinton is a Geneseo alum who has an extensive background organizing and managing programs in the private sector.

Program Costs

For complete cost details, download and read the HUMN II Oxford Program Cost Sheet.

Estimated Total Due to Geneseo and/or home SUNY Campus: $7,963.95


  • International airfare from major east coast metro area airport.
  • Accommodations.
  • Some group meals.
  • Breakfast plus one main meal per day Sunday through Thursday.
  • Teaching facilities.
  • Field trips, scheduled museum and entrance fees, guided tours, guest lectures, etc.
  • Travel between cities.
  • NYS Tuition.

Does Not Include:

  • Passport.
  • Travel from your home to major east coast metro area airport.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Flight Deviation Fee (if applicable).



Priority will be given to Geneseo students who have completed Humanities I by the end of the preceding Fall semester and who are in good academic standing.  The course is open to non-Geneseo students, though they will need to be able to demonstrate prior course experience in western civilization and thought, and be in good academic standing.  Applicants with a disciplinary record or pending disciplinary hearings should alert the Study Abroad Office.


Application Deadline

October 18


Humanities Selection Procedures

Humanities Selection Procedures