The Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES) program is a two-year, full-time, interdisciplinary course of study. The program provides a firm rooting in each of the program’s five disciplines – comparative politics, cultural studies, economics, history, and international relations – while offering the flexibility for students to deepen their knowledge in a chosen concentration.
The program begins with a set of required core courses, each of which frames European studies from a particular disciplinary vantage point. Students then pursue elective courses, which may be taken not only within German and European Studies, but also across the Walsh School of Foreign Service and in other departments of Georgetown University.
- 48 semester hours, including the 18 credit-hour required core curriculum, 6 credits of interdisciplinary electives and 24 credits of free electives
- Minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
- Two foreign language examinations: by completion of the program, students must demonstrate proficiency in two European languages other than English, one with oral and one with reading proficiency
- Oral examination
- Capstone project and participation in the MAGES Colloquium
At the conclusion of the two-year MAGES program, students will have acquired broad knowledge of European affairs, drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives and their methodologies. They will have an appreciation and mastery of interdisciplinary analysis of European affairs, which entails among other things a capacity to interpret and apply theory within and across disciplines and to draw conclusions among discrete elements of a problem.
MAGES graduates will have the ability to integrate academic and practical knowledge, and to demonstrate expertise in a self-designed area of European affairs. Students will acquire valuable skills in oral communication, critical writing, and original (including collaborative) research, and improve their mastery of two European languages. Taken together, their newly acquired proficiencies enable them to be informed participants in the transatlantic dialogue.