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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 2023/24

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) #  (not available 2023/24)


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)


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)  (not available 2023/24)


HY435 Ideology, State, Jihad: 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)


HY459 The Ottoman Empire and its Legacy, 1299-1950 (1.0)  (not available 2023/24)


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


HY463 The Roots, Origins and Dynamics 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) #


HY469 Maps, History and Power: The Spaces and Cultures of the Past (1.0)  (not available 2023/24)


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


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


HY486 The Anti-Slave-Trade Atlantic World, c. 1807-1870 (1.0)


HY487 Islam, State and Conflict in Southeast Asia (0.5)


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


HY489 China and the External World, 1644-1839 (0.5)


HY491 Race, Gender and Reproduction in the Caribbean, 1860s-1930s (0.5)  (not available 2023/24)


HY4A8 Asian Borderlands (0.5)


HY4B1 The Vietnam Wars, 1930-75: Regional and International Perspectives (1.0)


HY4B2 The Afterlives of Empires in the Neo-Colonial Caribbean (0.5)  (not available 2023/24)


HY4B3 Citizenship in 20th century political thought: intellectual history in case studies (0.5)


HY4B4 Maritime Asia in Transition, 1405-1839 (0.5)


HY4B8 On German Memory Politics: From the Cold War to New Global Challenges (1.0)


HY4B9 China and the United States Since 1949 (1.0)


Economic History:


EH404 India and the World Economy (0.5)  (not available 2023/24)


EH413 African Economic Development in Historical Perspective (0.5)


EH428 History of Economics: Making Political Economy into a Social Science (0.5)  (not available 2023/24)


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


EH452 Latin American Development and Economic History (0.5)


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

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

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.