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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 Elizabeth Ladenson, Department of French and Romance Philogy
  • Assistant 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 the Spring semester of the 2018-2019 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 November 30, 2018.

Spring 2019

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
African American StudiesAFAS UN3940Senior Thesis Seminar
AnthropologyANTH UN3602Stockholm Syndrome: Terror, Sympathy, Love
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN2612 A History of China in 27 Objects
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN2702 Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3319 The Architect’s Library-Laboratory
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3610 Visualizing Japanese Buddhism
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and RaceCSER GU4002Conflict Urbanism: Puerto Rico Now
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and RaceCSER UN3219 Native Food Sovereignty
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and RaceCSER UN3022History of Deportation to Latin America
ChemistryCHEM GU4104 Structural Methods in Inorganic Chemistry
ChemistryCHEM GU4111 Applications of NMR Spectroscopy to Inorganic Chemistry
Earth and Environmental SciencesEESC GU4235Sea Level Change
Earth InstituteSDEV GU4250Climate Change: Resilience and Adaptation
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3123Women in Early Modern China and Japan
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3207 Lights, Camera, Action: The Visual Culture of K-Pop
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3710 Fiction, Film, and the Making of Modern Vietnams
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3971 Technology and Power in Modern China
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA GU4221 Many Belts, Many Roads: China and the Islamist World, c.600AD - Present
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA GU4813 Early Tibetan History and Its Relations with China
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental BiologyEEEB GU4055 Principles and Applications of Modern DNA Sequencing
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3342Narratives of Law: Witches, Colonial Subjects, Police Detectives, and Other Criminals
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4308Explaining the Supernatural
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4558Writing About Disability
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4912 Experimental Poetry in Middle English and Contemporary Poetry
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3889History of the English Language
English and Comparative LiteratureENTA UN3788 Women Playwrights
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4407Victorian Literature
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3928Renaissance Comedy
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3254Bad Research and the Victorian Novel
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3287Hauntings: American Poetry in the 1980s
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3895Fantasy in Medieval Romance
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3227 James Joyce
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3228 Aldous Huxley
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3252 After Nature: Victorian Literature and the Environment
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4597 Literature of Colonial America
English and Comparative LiteratureENTA GU4733 Theaters of the Real
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN GU4727Comparative Modernisms
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3626 Great Short Works of American Prose
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4445 Late 20th C Ethnic American Literature
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3397 The Athlete in the American Imagination
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3636 Collections: Contemporary American Short Stories
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3348Sympathy and the Rhetoric of the British Revolution
English and Comparative Literature

CLEN GU4741

Cultural Appropriation and World Literature
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN GU4742World Fiction Since 1965
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN GU4820Comparative Romanticisms
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN UN3944The Big Ambitious Novel
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN GU4409 

Country and City in the Nineteenth-Century European Novel

English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN UN3323Medical Fictions, Romantic to Modern
FilmFILM UN3960Intro to Experimental Film and Video
FilmFILM UN3010, sec.002 Kieslowski and Has
FilmFILM UN2910, sec.003 Topics in American Cinema- Comedy
FrenchFREN UN3622Emotions and the Body in the XVII and XVIII Centuries
FrenchENFR GU4819 Images of the French Revolution
FrenchFREN OC3719 (Reid Hall)Violence By and Against Women
Germanic LanguagesGERM GU4735Theory and Practice of prose (in German)
Germanic LanguagesCLGR GU4121 Fairy Tales and the Practices of Adaptation (in English)
Germanic LanguagesCLGR GU4280 21st-Century Transnational Cinema
HistoryHIST UN1037Introduction to History of Ukraine
HistoryHIST UN3756Political Animals: Humans, Animals, and Nature in Modern European History
HistoryHIST UN3011 The Second World War
HistoryHIST UN3012Uganda in the Mission Archive: African Voices and Colonial Documents
HistoryHIST UN3017Sexuality and the City
HistoryHIST UN3018Early American Autobiography as History: Testimony, Adventure, Confession
HistoryHIST UN3030Immigration and Citizenship in American History
HistoryHIST UN3009 Cities and Slavery in the Atlantic World
HistoryHIST UN3436 Stalinist Civilization
HistoryHIST GU4039 The Iranian Revolution
HistoryHIST GU4012History of the City in Latin America
HistoryHIST GU4028 

Postwars and Reconstructions: The U.S. Civil War in Comparative Perspective

HistoryHIST GU4038 The Black Radical Tradition in America
HistoryHIST GU4029 Europe’s Commercial Revolution, ca 1100-1800: Economic, Social, and Cultural Exchange
HistoryHIST GU4031 Transforming Texts: Textual Analysis, Literary Modeling, and Visualization
HistoryHIST GU4036 Displacement in the Middle East and Eastern Europe
HistoryHIST GU4037 Russian History on Trial
HistoryHIST GU4041 Between the Second World War and the Cold War: Europe 1943-1950
HistoryHIST GU4231 Eastern Europe’s Cold War
HistoryHIST GU4717History of Feminism in Mexico
HistoryHIST GU4801 Gender and Women in Islam: South Asia and Middle East
HistoryHIST GU4925 The Body in Global Histories of Medicine
Human RightsHRTS GU4340Human Rights Accountability and Remedies
Inst. Comparative Literature and SocietyCLPS GU4520 Thinking Mothers- Philosophical, Psychoanalytic, and Literary Speculations
Inst. Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS GU4720The Gothic: From the Sublime to the Uncanny in Literature and Architecture
Inst. for Jewish and Israeli StudiesJWST UN2610 Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought
Inst. for Jewish and Israeli StudiesJWST GU4145Topics in Israeli Cinema
Inst. for Jewish and Israeli StudiesJWST GU4537Modernism, Nationalism, Revival: Readings in Modern Hebrew Literature
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN GU4010Language Crossing in Latinx Caribbean Cultural Production
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN GU4011Conversation in Spanish: Practice and Analysis
LinguisticsLING GU4021Russian Linguistics, Habit &Activity
MESAASMDES UN3045Critical Theories of Religion in Modern South Asia
MESAASMDES UN3251The Ancient Sciences in Medieval Islamic World
MESAASMDES GU4152Rethinking Freedom in Africa
MESAASMDES GU4263 Colonial Encounters: Thinking Through Time and Space
MusicMUSI UN3342Beyond Boundaries: Radical Black Experimental Music
MusicMUSI GU4800Intro to Sound Studies
Political SciencePOLS GU4420 Political Activism and Social Movements
Political SciencePOLS GU4762Politics in the Lab
Political SciencePOLS GU4415Politics of Identity- Nationalism and Democracy in Comp Perspective and the Israeli Case
PsychologyPSYC UN3691Interpersonal Cognition Seminar: Close Relationships, Identity, and Memory
PsychologyPSYC GU4289The Games People Play: The Psychology of Strategy Decision Making
PsychologyPSYC GU4674Psychology and Law
PsychologyPSYC UN1910 Research Ethics in Psychology
PsychologyPSYC UN3623 Topics in Clinical Psychology
PsychologyPSYC GU4244 Language and Mind
PsychologyPSYC GU4686 Barriers and Levers for Behavior Change
ReligionRELI GU4516The Politics of Freud in the Postcolony
ReligionRELI GU4228 South Asia and the Secular
ReligionRELI GU4418 On African Theory: Religion, Philosophy, Anthropology
ReligionRELI UN3521 Muslim Masculinities
ReligionRELI UN2670 Magic and Modernity
ReligionRELI GU4562 Wittgenstein and Religion
Slavic LanguagesCLSL UN3305Red Planet: Science Fiction and Fictions of the Eastern Bloc
Slavic LanguagesRUSS GU4453Women and Resistance in Russia
Slavic LanguagesCLSS GU4101 Balkan as a Metaphor
Slavic LanguagesRUSS UN3105 Real World Russian
SociologySOCI GU4059 Contemporary Sociological Theory
Visual ArtsVIAR UN3413Printmaking: Print Into Motion
Women’s and Gender StudiesWMST GU4275 Medea Goes to Court
WritingWRIT UN3220Style as Character: Writing About People
WritingWRIT UN3319Poetics of Place: American Landscapes, Voices, and Inheritance

Committee on the Core

The Committee on the Core (COC) is responsible for all matters regarding the Core Curriculum. Questions? Contact Toni Gunthrope-Hardeetg2030@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
  • Roosevelt Montás, Associate Dean of Academic of Academic Affairs, Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum
  • 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
  • Roosevelt Montás, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum
  • 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
  • Roosevelt Montás, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College