History and Joint Schools

History has traditionally been a strong subject at Wadham, both in quantity and quality. The broad mix of single-honours history and joint-school students is a deliberately distinctive feature of history at the college, and provides a stimulating interdisciplinary environment.

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    Pierre Mignard [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Courses Offered:

BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) Ancient and Modern History
BA (Hons) History and English
BA (Hons) History and Modern Languages
BA (Hons) History and Economics
BA (Hons) History and Politics

Undergraduate Prospectus

The Course

The History syllabus set by the University provides a huge variety of choices, ranging over time, geographical area, and approach (e.g. papers on the history of art, the inter-relationship of history and literature, the history of science, political and social thought, and economic history). In the joint schools choice is even wider; but in general we encourage students to make their choices in such a way as to bring the two parts of their subject together. In some joint schools there are designated bridge papers which address the comparative methodology of the two subjects. Your tutor will offer advice and suggestions, but those students who get the most out of their degree put increasingly independent thought into choosing to focus on those issues which will develop their particular historical imagination.

The Tutors

Jane Garnett is one of three tutorial Fellows in History, and teaches modern history in the period after 1700. Matthew Kempshall teaches medieval history up to 1500. Christina Benninghaus teaches modern history from the early nineteenth century on.  Dr George Southcombe is a College Lecturer, and teaches early modern history from 1500 to 1700. Between them, the college tutors cover a significant range of the papers on offer, and co-teach methodological courses. Judy Stephenson is a Research Fellow in Economic History, who also does some teaching.  Students have the opportunity of being taught for specialist papers by tutors in other colleges, but the College tutors retain oversight of each student’s individual course of study. Lectures and seminars are provided on a University basis.


A fair number of our students go on to graduate work, either in history or in related subjects, often with the aim of a career in higher education. Others go into teaching in the school or further education sector. Most of our students will, however, look for careers outside the educational world, and move into such varied fields as public administration, social policy, business and management consultancy, publishing, the media and law.  Employers are extremely positive about the skills acquired in a History degree.


A student's perspective

Current Fellows and Lecturers

Dr Christina Benninghaus (Tutorial Fellow)

Dr Jane Garnett (Tutorial Fellow)

Dr Matthew Kempshall (Tutorial Fellow)

Dr George Southcombe (Lecturer)