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.
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.
Georgetown’s MA in Global, International, and Comparative History (MAGIC) offers students the opportunity to develop a historical perspective on our interconnected world and provides multiple avenues for students to engage with the issues and insights that arise from an international historical perspective. The program provides a foundation for professional participation in the world of global affairs as well as strong preparation for doctoral studies. Students both delve deeply into the history of a particular world region and situate that same region within a broader context through the study of transnational, comparative, and thematic trends. The program offers students rigorous training in historical methods, foreign languages, and analytical and writing skills. Graduates have gone on to careers in fields such as government service, NGO work, and global business, as well as top-ranked doctoral programs in History and related disciplines.
The MAGIC program is small and selective. MA students work closely with faculty mentors and participate in classes with Ph.D. students. They enjoy access to classes in a variety of disciplines across the university, a rich campus intellectual life, and the vast archival, cultural, and career resources of the wider Washington, D.C. area. MA students at Georgetown are also invited to participate in the Georgetown Institute for Global History’s research seminars and workshops. These are periodically convened sessions in which scholars from around the country present their current research in the form of pre-circulated papers.