The Master's Program in History at Georgetown is rooted in the core belief that interconnections among the globe’s diverse regions and cultures have played a crucial role in shaping societies’ development since long before the modern era, and that a deep understanding of these historical forces is essential to grasping the world we currently live in. History as a discipline aims to analyze and integrate politics and states, production and work, environment and society, culture and religion, and gender and family. Georgetown History MA students research these aspects of human society as they change over time, by setting local, regional, and national developments in transregional or global contexts.
The MA in Global, International and Comparative History (MAGIC) provides multiple avenues for students to engage with the issues and insights that arise from an international historical perspective. The programs provide a foundation for professional participation in the world of global affairs as well as strong preparation for doctoral studies.
Georgetown’s History Department reflects the University’s global orientation. Over half of the department’s 40 members specialize in areas outside the United States and Western Europe. The faculty has strengths in both early modern (c.1500 to 1800) and modern history (c. 1750 to present). Their collective expertise spans the Americas and the Atlantic World, Africa, Western Europe, Russia and Eastern Europe, the Arab and Islamic Worlds, and East Asia and the Pacific World. The department includes some of the country’s most prominent historians working on global environmental history, international diplomacy, gender, labor history, social movements, nationalism, imperialism, immigration, borderlands, material culture, science and medicine, and military history.