Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Oxford, England (ENGL 287)

Faculty-Led Summer Program in Oxford, England

‌From Hobbits to Hogwarts: Religion, Literature, and the British Imagination


Program Description

This 2.5 week course is ideal for students who appreciate "big ideas" in literature.  Though weighted toward texts inspired by Christianity, the course will also integrate topics and concerns from other religious traditions—and also devote some space to considering atheist and agnostic turns in literary art. Oxford is the classroom; the exploration of how the literary imagination navigates theological, philosophical, and political concerns is the mission. 

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Dr. Michael P. Murphy, Director of The Hank Center and Catholic Studies and a scholar of theology and literature, is the faculty leader of the program.  Dr. Murphy led the program in summers of 2014 and 2016 and is himself a study abroad alumni of Oxford University. He spent his junior year at Keble College as an undergraduate student.

To view Dr. Murphy’s faculty profile please click here.


Course Number: ENGL 287 (3 credits)

Course Title: From Hobbits to Hogwarts: Religion, Literature, and the British Imagination

This course fulfills the following requirements:

  • Elective in English Major or Minor
  • Literary Knowledge and Experience Tier II Core
  • Writing Intensive
  • Catholic Studies Elective for Minor

Course Description: This course has a twofold objective: 1) to explore the many ways which religious ideas and practices appear in various genres of literature, and 2) to examine how literary texts serve not only as venues par excellence for theological exposition but how such texts also serve as sites for sophisticated religious inquiry, discourse, and debate. Though weighted significantly toward texts inspired by Christianity, the course will also integrate topics and concerns from other faith traditions as well. In addition, the course will devote some space to exploring debates among theism, agnosticism, and atheism that take place in literary settings, which is a vital Oxford tradition.

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During this travelling course, students will stay in shared accommodations at St. Hilda’s college, Oxford University.

Program Dates

July 12 – 28, 2018

Program Costs

Program Fee of $2,465


  • Three meals per day
  • All accommodations at St. Hilda University
  • On-site program support from local staff and Loyola faculty
  • Program academic excursions (Bath, Littlemore, Theatre Performance)
  • All program academic excursions and activities
  • Entrance to museums, cathedrals, etc.

Tuition Fee of $2,310 includes:

  • 3 credit hours of Loyola summer term

Total Program Cost: $4,775

Program does not include:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Personal spending money/incidental expenses
  • Optional travel and baggage insurance/fees

Application Process

Space is limited—apply today!

As part of the online application you must upload a copy of your valid passport or passport application receipt and pay by credit card a $100 non-refundable Office for International Programs (OIP) study abroad fee.

For more information, contact the Office for International Programs at studyabroad@luc.edu or 773.508.3899, or Dr. Murphy at mmurphy23@luc.edu .

The application deadline is March 15, 2018.