The MA in History and Literature is a one-year program, with courses from September to June, and an MA essay normally written during the summer following coursework. A total of 30 credits are necessary to earn the degree: 24 credits for coursework, and
- Paris, France
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- Full Degree
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- Program Description:
The MA in History and Literature trains students in historical approaches to the study of literature and in the interpretation of texts for the study of history. It is taught at Reid Hall, Columbia’s campus in France, located in the sixth arrondissement of Paris, and it draws on the resources of local libraries and archives. Students also have access to the courses and seminars of France’s top two graduate schools in the humanities and social sciences: the Ecole normale supérieure and the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales. The program starts with the premise that literature and history owe their current forms to many past developments that both separated them and leave much common ground for interconnections. It introduces students to the main critical and theoretical debates at the intersection between history and literature, including the narrative qualities of historical writing, the linguistic turn in history, and the tension between history and theory within the literary field.
An important part of the program is the consideration of literature itself as a field of moral, philosophical, sociological, and historical knowledge. Students develop a sophisticated awareness of theoretical and methodological issues. 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. We expect many students to have an interest in French history and literature, but we also welcome students who wish to work on materials in other modern European languages, Latin, Hebrew, or Arabic. MA courses are taught in English or French. Written work is normally done in English.
The MA in History and Literature is a one-year program, with courses from September to June, and an MA essay normally written during the summer following coursework. A total of 30 credits are necessary to earn the degree: 24 credits for coursework, and 6 credits for the MA essay. The degree is comprised of the following modules:
1.Two core courses taught at Reid Hall (Columbia’s Paris campus): * Introduction to History and Literature (3 pts). A historical and conceptual introduction to the relationship between history and literature. * Master Seminar (3 pts). Initiation to archival, bibliographical, and philological work, with hands-on sessions in libraries and archives, and designing of a research project. 2. Three electives taught at Reid Hall (3 pts each). 3. Three electives taught at EHESS and/or ENS (3 pts each). 4. An MA essay of no fewer than 50 pages (6 pts).
The program provides sound footing for applications to professional schools in law, international affairs, journalism, or medicine. Graduates may seek positions in the United States or Europe in the diplomatic service, business, finance and banking, journalism, publishing, editing and translating, art and cultural organizations, international NGOs, and academic administration. The degree is also a valuable credential for students seeking admission to a doctoral program in history or literature
- Setting Description:
- Reid Hall, Columbia's campus in Paris, is located at 4 rue de Chevreuse in the sixth arrondissement (Metro: Vavin). The building is an eighteenth-century porcelain factory that housed various educational institutions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and was bequeathed to Columbia in 1964.
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