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History and Literature, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #18 (QS) , NY,
Columbia University’s M.A. in History and Literature is an innovative new program that explores the interconnections and intersections between history and literature, both as categories of cultural production and as scholarly disciplines.

About

In the past thirty years the boundaries between history and literature have become usefully blurred. Furthermore, the dialogue between the two has taken many different forms. In literary studies, there has been a re-evaluation of the traditional field of literary history, with greater attention paid to the historical evolution of genres and styles. 

Historians have taken in the notion that history is a literary genre and are aware of the interplay between archival material and historical imagination. Several thriving and inter-related fields like literary history, the history of the book, intellectual history, and the history of science are now history and literature hybrids. The M.A. in History and Literature capitalizes on this propitious intellectual moment.

The program is held at Columbia’s Global Centers Paris, located at Reid Hall in the sixth arrondissement in Paris. Students are taught by eminent scholars in history and literature from Columbia University, and also choose from a wide variety of courses at France’s two top-tier graduate schools in the humanities and the social sciences: the Ecole normale supérieure and the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales. Students develop a sophisticated awareness of theoretical issues, addressing new methodological horizons. 

They also acquire the philological tools required for the interpretation of texts in print or manuscript form. This practical training includes hands-on sessions conducted at the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Archives nationales de France. Stipends are offered by Columbia to allow students to conduct independent research- Archives nationales d’outre-mer in Aix-en Provence, Archives in European countries- attend international conferences closely related to their subject.

Programme Structure

Core courses include:

  • Introduction to History and Literature
  • Narratives of World War II
  • Research Seminar
  • Plagiarism and Postcolonialism
  • Africa and France

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 credit points alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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    7.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

BA in any field within the humanities or the social sciences.

Two years of college French or proficiency at the equivalent level (ability to read primary and secondary sources in French and to take part in class discussions conducted in French).Note: Written work is normally done in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2018 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2018 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    2018 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2018 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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