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


Program Description

This course is ideal for students who see literary art as an inroads to theological and philosophical insight. Though weighted 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.

The course is ideal for English, Theology, and Philosophy majors; it is also of appeal for History majors interested in British culture and history and those budding anthropologists and sociologists who are interested in the cultural signatures of artistic production. Generally, the course, because of its interdisciplinary nature, will appeal to all Liberal Artists.

To view the program flier, click here.



 Dr. Michael Murphy is an Instructor of Theology and the Director of the Catholic Studies minor. Click here to view his faculty biography.


English 287: From Hobbits to Hogwarts: Religion, Literature, and the British Imagination

This course fulfills three important LUC Requirements:

1. It fulfills a Tier 2 Core- Literary Knowledge and Experience requirement

2. It fulfills a Writing Intensive Requirement

3. It is a Catholic Studies elective


To view the course syllabus and itinerary, click here.

Housing & Meals

During this traveling course students will stay in shared accommodations at St. Hilda’s college, Oxford University. All meals will be provided during this program.



July 12-24, 2014

Program Costs

Program fee of $1,900 includes:

Tuition (3 credits): $2,070


TOTAL COST: $3,970

Not Included: $100 OIP non-refundable application fee, airfare, personal spending money, other meals, optional baggage and travel insurance, and incidental expenses. 

*All fees subject to change.

Application Process

Application deadline is Friday, March 21, 2014

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 Kelly Heath in the Office for International Programs at kheath@luc.edu or 773.508.3307; or contact Dr. Michael P. Murphy, Cuneo Hall, 430, mmurphy23@luc.edu




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Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
773.508.7706 · studyabroad@luc.edu

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