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College Faculty Committees

The Columbia College curriculum and its academic policies are determined by the following faculty committees:

Committee on Instruction

The Committee on Instruction (COI) is responsible for approving proposals for new majors and other academic programs, new courses, and policy changes. The COI also provides leadership on a range of academic matters, consulting with a broad range of faculty, students, and administrators where relevant. The COI is a joint Columbia College and School of General Studies committee. Questions? Contact cc-gs-courses@columbia.edu.

Committee on Instruction Members: 2018-2019

  • Co-Chair: Dean James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • Co-Chair: Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean of the School of General Studies
  • Professor Yinon Cohen, Department of Sociology
  • Professor Michael Como, Department of Religion
  • Professor Zoë Crossland, Department of Anthropology
  • Professor Steve Goldstein, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor Saskia Hamilton, Barnard College
  • Professor Robert Hymes, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Associate Professor Kimuli Kasara, Department of Political Science
  • Professor Laura Kaufman, Department of Chemistry
  • Professor Elisabeth Ladenson, Department of French and Romance Philology
  • Associate Professor Dorothea Lasky, School of the Arts
  • Professor Szabolcs Marka, Department of Physics
  • Professor Barclay Morrison, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Vice Dean of Undergraduate Programs, School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Professor Dustin Rubenstein, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
  • Professor Mark Van De Mieroop, Department of History
  • Professor Katja Vogt, Department of Philosophy
Student Representatives:
  • Nicole Leon Elvir CC'20
  • Neel Puri CC'20
  • Alexander Chang GS'19
  • Anne Whitney GS'19
Ex-Officio:
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Ivonne Rojas, Acting Dean of Studies, School of General Studies
  • Andrew Plaa, Dean of Advising for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering
  • Victoria Rosner, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies

New Approved Courses

The following new courses have been approved for Summer 2019 and the Fall semester of the 2019-2020 academic year. As new courses are added to the list frequently, please visit this site for updates. Additional courses and major/concentration requirements may be found in the Columbia College Bulletin.

Last updated April 4, 2019.

Summer 2019

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
AnthropologyANTH S3724QHuman Planet: The Anthropology of Climate Change
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS S2445QWhat is Performance Art?
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL S3690QThe poetics of the Warrior
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL S3829DYA Fiction
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL S3851DParadise Lost, Frankenstein
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL S3910DGrief and the Literature of Empire
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL S3940DContemporary Fiction and the Critical Act
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL S3267D The American Sublime from Emerson to Dylan
FilmFILM S4215D Contemporary Global Documentary
HistoryHIST S4250QGender and Women in Islam: South Asia and Middle East
Human RightsHRTS S4250QUS Immigration: Rights, Framing and Advocacy
Human RightsHRTS S4330QHuman Rights in Practice
ReligionRELI S4325D Sufism

Fall 2019

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
AnthropologyANTH GU4142Language, Culture, Power
Ecology, Evolution, Environmental BiologyEEEB UN3023Scientific Analysis and Presentation
Ecology, Evolution, Environmental BiologyEEEB GU4129Zoo Conservation
English and Comparative LiteratureENTA GU4725Technologies of Modern Drama
FilmFILM UN2296Arab and African Filmmaking
FilmFILM UN3931French Queer Cinema
FilmFILM GU4952Film TV and Internet in Brazilian Re-democtratization
French and Romance PhilologyFREN GU4716Francophone Romance, Love, Sex, Intimacy in the French Colonial World

History

HIST UN1786History of the City in Latin America
HistoryHIST GU4121Margins of Histography
HistoryHIST GU4562Black Britain, 1919-2019
ItalianITAL GU4065Introduction to Fashion
MusicMUSI GU4801Music and the Electrical Imaginary
MusicMUSI GU4810Sound: Foundations
PsychologyPSYC GU4281The Psychology of Curiosity
ReligionRELI GU4613Silence
Slavic LanguagesUKRN GU4006Advanced Ukrainian Through Literature, Media, and Politics

Committee on the Core

The Committee on the Core (COC) is responsible for all matters regarding the Core Curriculum. Questions? Contact Toni Gunthrope-Hardee: tg2030@columbia.edu.

Committee on the Core Members: 2018-2019

  • James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • Professor Giuseppe Gerbino, Department of Music, Chair of Music Humanities
  • Professor Patricia Grieve, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Chair of the Committee on the Global Core
  • Professor David Helfand, Department Astronomy, Chair of Frontiers of Science
  • Professor Noam Elcott, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Chair of Art Humanities
  • Professor Emmanuelle Saada, Departments of French and History, Chair of Contemporary Civilization
  • Professor Joanna Stalnaker, Department of French, Chair of Literature Humanities
  • Professor Nicole Wallack, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Director of the Undergraduate Writing Program
Student Representatives:
  • Brigid Connelly GS'20
  • Alice Hu CC'19
  • Zachary Marcone CC'19
  • Mohamad Ali Saadeddine CC'20
Ex-Officio:
  • Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean of The School of General Studies
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Ivana N. Hughes, Director, Frontiers of Science
  • Victoria P. Rosner, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies
  • Toni Gunthrope-Hardee, Associate Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum

Committee on Science Instruction

The Committee on Science Instruction (COSI) is responsible for all matters relating to the science requirement and providing leadership on matters related to undergraduate science education. Questions? Contact Amy Kohn: ask130@columbia.edu

Committee on Science Instruction Members: 2018-2019

  • Professor Tulle Hazelrigg, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Professor David Helfand, Department of Astronomy
  • Professor Jae Woo Lee, Department of Computer Science
  • Professor Shaw-Hwa Lo, Department of Statistics
  • Professor Jerry McManus, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor Caroline Marvin, Department of Psychology
  • Professor John Parsons, Department of Physics
  • Professor Mary Putman, Department of Astronomy
  • Professor David Reichman, Department of Chemistry
  • Professor Ovidiu Savin, Department of Mathematics
  • Professor Shahid Naeem, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Student Representatives:
  • Noah Goss CC'19
  • Thomas Li CC'20
  • Yvette Schutt GS'19
Ex-Officio:
  • James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean of The School of General Studies
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Ivana Hughes, Department of Chemistry, Director of Frontiers of Science
  • Victoria Rosner, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies
  • Amy Kohn, Associate Director of Academic Affairs

Committee on the Global Core

The Committee on the Global Core (CGC) is responsible for all matters relating to the Global Core requirement, including determining the list of courses approved for the requirement. Questions? Contact globalcore@columbia.edu.

Faculty interested in proposing new courses for the Global Core requirement can view information regarding the process.

Committee on Global Core Members: 2018-2019

  • Chair: Professor Patricia Grieve, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
  • Professor Courtney Bender, Department of Religion
  • Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Department of French and Romance Philology
  • Professor Madeleine Dobie, Department of French and Romance Philology
  • Professor David Lurie, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Professor Avinoam Shalem, Department of Art History and Archaeology
Student Representative:
  • Rachel Rodney GS'19
  • Sam Aldridge CC'19
Ex-Officio:
  • James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean of The School of General Studies
  • Victoria P. Rosner, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College