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World History Concentration

Georgia State University’s Master of Arts Program in World History and Cultures offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary course of study in which you can deeply explore both broad global perspectives and more specialized topics such as cross-cultural encounters, imperialism, nationalism, colonialism, world cities, and diasporic communities. This program functions entirely within the M.A. History Program and within it you will have the opportunity to think beyond traditional national and ethnic histories and to explore large-scale history from perspectives encompassing and transcending civilizations, cultures, regions, nations, and social/ethnic groups.

The World History concentration combines the theoretical and empirical frameworks of world history with opportunities to conduct more detailed research within chosen areas of interest. Students will apply theoretical approaches and empirical methodologies that support the comparative study of societies and cultures as well as the interconnections among different world regions. The requirements are the same as those for a regular M.A. thesis or non-thesis option, but with specific stipulations.

Upon completion of the program, you will have the skills, knowledge, and experience to compete effectively for professional opportunities ranging from advanced work in history, education, law, and business to public service and community activism in a globalizing world. Additionally, Atlanta’s vibrant multicultural and international urban setting will both enhance and inform your academic experiences.

Admission to the World History Concentration following admission to the Graduate Program is easy. The one-page application form (at right) may be printed and submitted in person or e-mailed directly to the program's director, Dr. Jared Poley. Please note that admission to the concentration is currently NOT done through academic advisement, etc.

Please follow the links at right for further information, including world history faculty and our lecture series. Students are encouraged to look closely at the detailed program requirements found in the graduate student handbook.

Program Requirements

The World History Program Director will advise students on courses qualifying as world history. Students may petition the World History Committee for the inclusion of other courses with conspicuous world dimensions.

1. The five core curriculum history courses must include History 7030, Issues and Interpretations in World History.

2. The major field must be World History, with a focus approved by the student’s major adviser. Courses in the major field must demonstrate a prominent world dimension.

3. Students completing the world history concentration must complete coursework in U.S., European, and non-Western history.

4. The MA thesis must have a prominent world dimension.

5. Foreign language, oral examination, and requirements for the thesis or non-thesis option are the same as for a regular MA.

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