Joint Schools with History
At St Anne’s we are strongly committed to the ‘joint schools’, above all because, although formally they straddle disciplines, they in fact represent well thought-out and coherent fields of study. All the courses of this kind which we offer rest on the support of in-house College tutors on both sides of the so-called ‘joint schools’. So don’t be afraid to think ‘outside the box’. However, for purposes of information, do take a look at the website entries on History and the other ‘parent’ schools which supply much useful information (e.g. Modern Languages; Classics for the Ancient and Modern History course; Philosophy, Politics and Economics for History and Economics and History and Politics). For example, the History entry will tell you about who the tutors are, something about our teaching practice and commitment, specific features about College that are of benefit to students in the arts and social sciences (the library, travel grants), and relevant career paths.
History and Politics
The History and Politics tutors at St Anne’s are strongly committed to this popular course, since they all agree on the commonsense proposition that past and present are seamlessly united; that the notionally separate fascinations with modern politics and past history must and do go together. The front-line tutors for this school are Dr Nigel Bowles, a specialist in US government and politics, and Director of the Rothermere American Institute; Dr Gareth Davies, who researches social policy in post-1945 America; and Peter Ghosh, whose subjects in intellectual history have included Max Weber, Antonio Gramsci and Maurice Cowling.
Oxford has the largest history faculty in the world, and the largest Department of Politics and International Relations in the UK. The presence in College of five History tutors and lecturers as well as two active and senior members of Oxford University's Politics and International Relations Department – Professor Neil MacFarlane, Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations is also a Fellow of St Anne's who teaches International Relations to students here – has helped make this College a powerfully attractive intellectual home for students of History and Politics.
A great advantage of History and Politics as a degree course is its breadth. Strong students on this course sharpen their judgement; refine their arguments; think hard about questions, problems and evidence; and do not make the mistake of supposing that they either know or understand that which they do not. In career terms it is a way of keeping your mind and your options open: some of our graduates progress to work at postgraduate level; whilst others move into demanding professions such as the law, the City and the civil service. The College's History and Politics graduates are strongly represented both in journalism and in public service, not least through teaching and or charitable foundations.