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Students can now study international and world history at both The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Columbia University, New York, as part of a new double degree programme.

The two year LSE-Columbia Double MA Degree in International and World History, which starts this autumn, is a direct response to a growing international demand to make the master's degree more than simply a stepping stone to a PhD.

The course will give graduates deeper understanding of the origins and nature of globalisation, which they can apply to subsequent employment in government, business, journalism and the non-profit sector.

The course title reflects both the relationships between individual countries, and the historical movements - such as climate change, epidemic disease, trade and migration - that have shaped the world as a whole.

'This new programme will set the standard for the training of international historians,' said Arne Westad, convenor of the Department of International History at LSE, director of the Cold War Studies Centre and co-director of LSE IDEAS. 'By combining the history faculties of Columbia and LSE, students will get access to some of the most exciting and innovative research that is going on in the field today.'

Students on the course will spend the first year studying at Columbia University, New York, and the second year at LSE in London and will be required to learn foreign language fluently and pursue an individual research project.

'Our country [America] has clearly suffered from a lack of historical knowledge. This programme is meant to educate historians for the 21st century, to be a boot camp for the newest fields of research,' said Matthew Connelly, associate professor of history at Columbia and director of the new programme.

'History is no longer contained by nation-states, and to understand our times you have to trace the ways states and peoples have become more interconnected,' said Connelly. 'The best way to do that is to look at the world from different vantage points in different countries. New York and London are both world cities, uniquely resourced to study the world and its history.'

The two institutions have worked together in various capacities, notably to launch the Global Public Policy Network in 2005, with the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris. Columbia and LSE also are linked through collaborative degree programs in public administration, environmental policy and law.

Gabi Lombardo, deputy head of Academic Partnerships, at LSE said: 'As top-class institutions, LSE and Columbia have a deep-rooted commitment to maximise their potential through joint research and teaching, with a notion that world class universities today have to work together to approach the intellectual challenges of the 21st century '

Students who complete the programme will earn graduate degrees from both institutions.


For more information on the programme, email ideas@lse.ac.uk

Esther Avery, LSE Press Office, 020 7955 7060 or e.avery@lse.ac.uk

John Tucker, Columbia Press Office, 212-854-6164 or jht2112@columbia.edu



LSE now runs 16 double degree programmes. Click here for a full list, programme details and how to apply.

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THE (17 April)
London School of Economics - American partnership announced
UK students can now study international history at a leading US university under a new programme offered by the London School of Economics. LSE in partnership with Columbia University, New York, is offering a new two-year LSE-Columbia double masters degree in international and world history, which starts this autumn. 

The Financial, Georgia (9 April)
Columbia/LSE dual master's programme in international and world history
Students can now study international and world history at both The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Columbia University, New York, as part of a new double degree programme. 

9 April 2008