Georgetown University and King's College London
The Joint Master's Degree in Global History exposes students to two sets of international history faculty in two major global metropolises: King’s College London and Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The History Department at King’s College has notable strengths in European, British, and Imperial History. These fields are neatly complemented by Georgetown’s distinctive strengths in Middle Eastern, Russian & East European, East and South Asian, Latin American, African, U.S., and Global Environmental History (as well as Early Modern and Modern Europe). Together these combined strengths offer students an extraordinarily rich array of thematic, geographic, and cultural perspectives from which to study global history. The two institutions’ locations in the capital cities of the United Kingdom and the United States, respectively, also afford students direct access to a tremendous array of archival sources for the pursuit of their research projects.
2010-2011 saw the founding of the King’s College, London-Georgetown University Global History Forum. In September 2010 the Forum met at Georgetown, opened by University President John DeGioia. Six Georgetown History faculty (Gabor Agoston, Alison Games, John McNeill, David Painter, Aviel Roshwald, and John Tutino) joined four colleagues from King’s College London in a day of sessions devoted to rethinking historical processes of empire and globalization. In May 2012, the Forum met again at King’s College London. Professors Games, Painter, Roshwald, and Tutino were joined by newcomers Katie Benton-Cohen and Judith Tucker in two days of seminars with eight King’s faculty.
This joint-degree program welcomes applicants with strong analytical, language, and writing skills who are seeking a program offering integrated global, international and comparative historical perspectives. The program will consider applicants who have completed a BA or equivalent degree in History, a social science, or literature and culture. In exceptional cases, we will consider strong applicants with majors in other fields. An undergraduate GPA above 3.3 is expected, and above 3.5 is encouraged. For applicants applying from Britain, the minimum requirement is a good upper second-class BA degree in History or a cognate discipline. Basic reading knowledge of a foreign language will also be expected, so that with two semesters of language study the students will be in a position to pass a foreign-language reading proficiency exam before the end of their second semester (a pre-requisite for continuing on to the second year of the program).