The Master of Arts Program in World History introduces students to the methods and approaches used by scholars to study global and transnational history. It also engages students in comparative and thematic work exploring the history of at least two world regions. This program is aimed at those who are seeking a historical perspective on the increasingly interconnected global society in which we live. Among those whose needs may be served by the MA in World History are educators, professionals involved in international occupations, journalists or others working in the field of communications, and those exploring their own interests through the study of global history. Acceptance into the World History MA Program does not constitute admission into the Ph.D. program in the History Department at New York University, but students intending to pursue a Ph.D. may later apply for admission.
The core curriculum depends on the student’s choice of pursuing either the “MA Essay Track” or the “Thesis Track.” The MA Essay track includes eight one-semester courses (32 credit points), including three core courses, three courses in a major field of study, and two courses in a minor field of study. The Thesis track includes eight one-semester courses (32 credit points), including three core courses, two or three courses in a major field of study, one or two courses in a minor field of study, and a thesis course.
Students must undertake study of two regions of the world, one of which will be designated as the major field and one as the minor. The available regions are: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and North America. Students must elect at least one field outside of Europe and North America. Students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a foreign language relevant to their work.
Faculty Contact: Prof. Thomas Truxes