For an Oxford Studies minor, a student must complete 18 hours to include 6 hours tutoring in preparation for Oxford, 3 hours in Baptist History, 3 hours in Readings in British and Baptist Life, and 6 hours credit for the Trinity term at Regents Park College of Oxford University, England.
(contact the Religion Department for the application process)
Profiles of Past Oxford Scholars:
Alex Carver participated in the Oxford Studies Program during the 2013-14 academic year. In preparation for studies at Oxford, Carver researched Tennessee Baptist reactions to the famous Scopes ‘monkey’ trial of 1925 using the archival materials housed in the Middle and East Tennessee Baptist Archives at Carson-Newman. In particular, he examined the changing relationship between the movements of fundamentalism and anti-evolutionism among Tennessee Baptists during 1925. This work was published in Carson-Newman Studies (2014). Carver’s research at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford focused on the seventeenth-century Baptist minister Matthew Caffyn, particularly his views on the Incarnation and Trinity and the controversies they generated. This paper was later published in the Baptist Quarterly. Carver graduated from Carson-Newman in May 2015 with a B.S. in Biochemistry (with Honors) and a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy. He plans to attend Vanderbilt University Law School beginning Fall 2015, where he will pursue a J.D. Carver is especially interested in the intersection of law and religion, and his long-term goals include litigating cases involving questions of religious liberty and related issues as well as helping local churches navigate a changing legal landscape.