This innovative M.A. is offered by the Committee on Global Thought (CGT), whose more than thirty faculty members include some of Columbia’s most renowned scholars from departments and schools across the university. Its one-year program enables students to explore global connections and commonalities in contemporary politics, economics, society, and culture, tailoring their curriculum to their intellectual and professional interests. Three required interdisciplinary core courses provide a foundational knowledge of global linkages in the areas of governance, political economy, and culture and ideas. In addition is a two-semester research seminar where students become familiar with diverse research methodologies, conduct original research, and write their Master’s essays. They choose the balance of courses from elective options throughout the university, advised by the CGT Academic Director and the CGT faculty.