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LSE-Columbia University Double MA Degree in International and World History

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

Twenty-two month programme. Students take the first year at Columbia University, and the second year at the LSE as follows:

Optional courses to the value of three full units, a dissertation and a language course as shown below.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.

Programme Code: TMINWOHY

Department: International History

For students starting this programme of study in 2021/22

Paper 1

HY458 LSE-Columbia University Double Degree Dissertation (1.0) #

Papers 2, 3 & 4

Courses to the value of 3.0 unit(s) from the following:


International History:


HY400 Crisis Decision-Making in War and Peace 1914-2003 (1.0) #


HY411 European Integration in the Twentieth Century (1.0) #


HY422 Presidents, Public Opinion, and Foreign Policy, from Roosevelt to Reagan, 1933-89 (1.0)


HY424 The Napoleonic Empire: The Making of Modern Europe (1.0)  (not available 2021/22)


HY429 Anglo-American Relations from World War to Cold War, 1939-91 (1.0)


HY432 From Cold Warriors to Peacemakers: the End of the Cold War Era, 1979-1999 (1.0)


HY434 The Rise and Fall of Communism in Europe 1917-1990 (1.0)


HY435 Political Islam: From Ibn Taymiyya to ISIS (1.0)


HY436 Race, Violence and Colonial Rule in Africa (1.0)


HY440 The Iranian Revolution (1.0)


HY444 The Cold War in Latin America (1.0)


HY448 Living with the Bomb: An International History of Nuclear Weapons and the Arms Race from the Second World War to the end of the Cold War (1.0)  (not available 2021/22)


HY459 The Ottoman Empire and its Legacy, 1299-1950 (1.0)


HY461 East Asia in the Age of Imperialism, 1839-1945 (1.0) #


HY463 The Origins of the Cold War, 1917-1962 (1.0)


HY465 The International History of the Balkans since 1939: State Projects, Wars, and Social Conflict (1.0)  (not available 2021/22)


HY469 Maps, History and Power: The Spaces and Cultures of the Past (1.0)


HY478 Genesis of the Modern World: Europe, China and India, 1550-1840 (1.0)


HY483 Land and Conflict in Latin America since 1750 (1.0)


HY484L Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation (0.5) 1


HY484M Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation (0.5) 2


HY486 Practicing Abolition in the Atlantic World, c. 1807-1870 (1.0)  (not available 2021/22)


HY487 Islam, State and Conflict in Southeast Asia (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


HY488 European Empires and Global Conflict, 1935-1948 (0.5)


HY489 China and the External World, 1711-1839 (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


HY491 Race, Gender and Reproduction in the Caribbean, 1860s-1930s (0.5)


HY4A5 Women as Weapons: The Conservative Political Tradition in the Cold War (0.5)


HY4A6 Technocracy, Social Engineering and Politics in the Era of the World Wars, 1914-1945 (0.5)


HY4A7 Islam, Power and Culture in Mughal India (0.5)


HY4A8 Asian Borderlands (0.5)


HY4A9 China and the United States Since 1949 (0.5)


Economic History:


EH404 India and the World Economy (0.5)


EH413 African Economic Development in Historical Perspective (0.5)


EH428 History of Economics: Making Political Economy into a Social Science (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


EH429 History of Economics: Ideas, Policy and Performativity (0.5)


EH452 Latin American Development and Economic History (0.5)


EH486 Shipping and Sea Power in Asian Waters, c 1600-1860 (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


Regarding Economic History (EH) courses only: it may be possible to take further options among EH courses with the agreement of the course teacher responsible and the Academic Coordinator of the Double Degree.


One of the above may be replaced by a further course from other LSE departments (subject to agreement with tutor and teacher responsible for the course).

Paper 5

Compulsory Language Requirement
Students can fulfil the language requirement of the dual Master's degree in three different ways: 
1) By taking two years of language training while at Columbia and the London School of Economics. 
2) By taking, and passing, two translation exams. (Both translation exams must be taken at Columbia. See sample translation exams on the CU History Department website). 
3) By taking, and passing, one translation exam and studying a language for one year, either at Columbia or at the LSE Language Centre.

Prerequisite Requirements and Mutually Exclusive Options

1 : HY484L can not be taken with HY484M

2 : HY484M can not be taken with HY484L

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.