The structure of our two-year program builds on the conviction that global history is best understood as a complex interplay on different spatial scales. Global historians, in our understanding, are not exclusively concerned with “the global,” however it be defined; rather, they think about ways to link larger processes and global structures to regional, national, and local contexts. Our course structure therefore helps students make connections between global perspectives and the specificities of the local and national. Students are encouraged to think globally, but at the same time to specialize in the history of a particular region. The close cooperation between global approaches and area studies is thus a particular emphasis of our program.
Global history is one of the fastest-growing fields in the discipline of history today, and it has generated a variety of approaches. In our program, students will be introduced to these different approaches and invited to think about the global past from different angles and in different ways. While learning to think globally, they will also be encouraged to select a regional specialization. In fifteen seminars over two years, students will be exposed to themes and issues on both a global scale and within more confined regions and national settings. Depending on interest and language skills, students are encouraged to - and supported in - designing their own intellectual trajectory by drawing on a wide variety of courses offered at Freie Universität and Humboldt Universität. During the fourth semester of the course program, students are expected to complete a master’s thesis - a piece of original scholarly work based on their own research. Upon completion, students are awarded a double degree both from Freie Universität and from Humboldt Universität in Berlin.