There are about 1000 undergraduates reading for degrees in History including, the Final Honour School of History, the Joint Schools (with English, Modern Languages, Politics, Economics and Ancient History), and the History of Art.
The most striking thing about undergraduate History at Oxford is its extraordinary range and amount of choice offered to students regarding the topics they can study (there are over 100 different options), reflecting the breadth of interests and expertise among those who teach here. Oxford is rightly celebrated for the broad chronological sweep of its courses. Students can study options on any part of British, European and Global History, from the last years of the Roman Empire to the present day.
All undergraduates are encouraged to confront periods and concepts beyond those encompassed by a narrow chronological focus, and students are given the opportunity of seeing things not just in their immediate context but also in the perspective of long‑term developments.
The History Faculty has specialists working in British and European History, North American, Latin American, Asian, and African fields, making the expertise of the Faculty truly global. Oxford historians have also been in the vanguard of the assault on a narrowly Anglo‑centric approach to British History, and there are options on the English and the Celtic peoples in the later twelfth century, on Irish Nationalism from 1870 to 1921, and on the Northern Ireland Troubles.
The Faculty pushes its undergraduate students to do as well as possible, as a result of dedicated one-to-one tutorials in all courses.