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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: 2022-2023

  • Co-Chair: Dean Josef Sorett, Dean of Columbia College
  • Co-Chair: Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean of the School of General Studies
  • Professor Stuart Firestein, Department of Biological Studies
  • Professor Robert Hymes, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Professor Seth Kimmel, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
  • Associate Professor Dorothea Lasky, School of the Arts
  • Professor Qingmin Liu, Department of Economics
  • 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 Molly Murray, Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • Professor Caterina Pizzigoni, Department of History
  • Professor Laurie Postlewate, Barnard College
  • Professor Valerie Purdie-Greenaway, Department of Psychology
  • Professor Jill Shapiro, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
  • Professor Robert Shapiro, Department of Political Science
  • Professor Teresa Sharpe, Department of Sociology
  • Professor Katja Vogt, Department of Philosophy
Student Representatives:
  • Olivia Choi, Columbia College '23
  • Kevin Ye, Columbia College '24
  • James Harvey Elliott, General Studies '24
  • Elena Flack, General Studies '23
Ex-Officio:
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Caroline Marvin, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies
  • Andrew Plaa, Dean of Advising, Columbia College and Columbia Engineering
  • Marlyn Delva, Dean of Students, School of General Studies
  • Amy Kohn, Senior Associate Director, Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Mandeep Singh, Assistant Director, Academic Affairs, School of General Studies

Newly Approved Courses

The following new courses have been approved for Fall 2022 and Summer 2022. 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.

Fall 2022 Last updated June 30, 2022.

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3703Sin Autorizacion: Themes in Contemporary Cuban Art
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4517Hadrian's Villa: An Imperial Court and Its Spaces
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4728Digital Art History: New Methods for Studying European Medieval Architecture and Associated Arts
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4742African American Visual and Decorative Arts, 1650-1900
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4743Colonial Visual Systems: Constructing a "New World"
American StudiesAMST UN3937JOURNALISM AND DEMOCRACY: THE 2022 ELECTION
AnthropologyANTH UN1003The Environment
AnthropologyANTH UN3702Black/Life/Science
AnthropologyANTH UN3729Burning Down the House: Anthropology of Revolution
ClassicsCLCV UN1001Introduction to Greek Mythology
ClassicsCLCV UN3009Ancient Greek & Roman Medicine
ClassicsCLGM UN3450How to do Things with Queer Bodies
Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS UN3951Narratives for Living: Planetarity
Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS UN3965Precision Medicine: Biological, Social, and Ethical Implications
Comparative Literature and SocietyCLPS GU4515RADICAL PSYCHOANALYSIS: INTRODUCING LAPLANCHE
East Asian Languages and CulturesKORN UN2221Accelerated Korean for Heritage Speakers I
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3575Approaching Cities and Life in Chinese Cultural History
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4425Women, Body, and Borders in Japanese Literature and Culture
EconomicsECON GU4630Climate Finance
EnglishENGL GU4239TROILUS & CRISEYDE AND ITS NEIGHBORS
EnglishENGL UN3351FAMILY FICTIONS: MEMOIR, FILM AND THE NOVEL
EnglishENGL UN3795SENIOR ESSAY RESEARCH METHODS
EnglishENGL UN3798ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL
EnglishENGL UN3898THE BILDUNGSROMAN: COMING OF AGE IN THE NOVEL
EnglishENGL GU4732PLACES FOR POETRY
EnglishENGL GU4879QUEER LITERATURE, CULTURE AND THEORY
EnglishENGL GU4933SPENSER
FrenchFREN UN3409INTRO TO FRENCH & FRANCOPHONE HISTORY
FrenchFREN UN3410INTRO TO FRENCH & FRANCOPHONE LITERATURE
FrenchCLFR UN3535Who Is Afraid of Contemporary Art? French and American Writers on Contemporary Art, from 1850 to Today
FrenchFREN GU4722Renaissance Culture Religion and Society
HistoryHIST UN2257Self-Determination and the Making of the Twentieth-Century World
HistoryHIST UN2671The Cold War in Latin America
HistoryHIST UN3502The Struggle for Indigenous Sovereignty in the Early American Republic
HistoryHIST UN3515Surveillance from KGB and NSA to Border Control
HistoryHIST UN3571Left and Right in American History
HistoryHIST UN3621Mass-Mediated Politics in Modern Latin America
HistoryHIST GU4213Crucibles of Modernity: Urban Space and Subjectivity in Europe’s Borderlands
HistoryHIST GU4277History of Urban Crime and Policing in Latin America in Global Perspective
HistoryHIST GU4397Nationalism and Revolution in Modern Ireland
HistoryHIST GU4403American Empire
HistoryHIST GU4571HIV and AIDS in Black America
HistoryHIST GU4622A Global History of Jewish Migration and the State
HistoryHIST GU4779AFRICAN FRANCE, FRENCH AFRICA
GermanGERM GU4141Race and Germany
ItalianITAL UN3342Business Italian and the Made in Italy Excellence: Learning Italian for trade and industry
ItalianCLIA GU4499Mediterranean Humanities I
Jewish StudiesJWST GU4511Political and Anti-Political Jews: Politics in Jewish Thought
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN UN3365Feminist Activisms: Genealogies, Spaces, Discourses
Latin American and Iberian CulturesPORT UN344419th-century Brazil
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN UN3891What is an Exhibition? The Politics of Displaying Art in/from the Hispanic World
MathematicsMATH UN2005INTRODUCTION TO MATHEMATICS PROOFS
MathematicsMATH UN3994SENIOR THESIS IN MATHEMATICS I
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES UN2012Finding Happiness: Readings in Arab-Islamic Texts
MusicMUSI UN3261Sound Synthesis Techniques and Creative Coding
PhilosophyPHIL UN3000BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY
PhilosophyPHIL UN3769LIVING, DYING, AND THE MEANING OF LIFE
PhilosophyPHIL UN3863HAPPINESS AND WELL-BEING
PhilosophyPHIL UN3912SEMINAR
Political SciencePOLS GU4801GRAND STRATEGY:THEORY, HISTORY & DEBATES
Political SciencePOLS GU4814GLOBAL ENERGY: SECURITY/GEOPOL
Political SciencePOLS UN3911 Seminar in Political Theory- Ethics of International Relations
PsychologyPSYC GU4491The Parental Brain
ReligionRELI UN3318Humor, Joy, and Happiness in Judaism
ReligionRELI GU4223Dreams
Slavic LanguagesRUSS UN3230Tricksters in World Culture: Mockery, Subversion, Rebellion
Slavic LanguagesCLRS GU4112Decadent Desires and the Russian Silver Age
Slavic LanguagesCLSL GU4011Experimental Cultures
SociologySOCI UN3276Race and Capitalism
SociologySOCI GU4124Status, Evaluation, and Inequality
StatisticsSTAT UN3293Topics in Modern Statistics
Sustainable DevelopmentSDEV GU4550The New York City Watershed: From Community Displacement to Collaboration and Climate Adaptation
Visual ArtsVIAR UN1702INTRO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Visual ArtsVIAR UN3100Archive Photography
Visual ArtsVIAR UN3422Printmaking on, through, & below the matrix
Visual ArtsVIAR GU4300Ways of Making: Special Topics
WritingWRIT UN3027Science Fiction Poetics
WritingWRIT UN3129Writing Nature in the Age of Climate Change
WritingWRIT UN3130The Punchline
WritingWRIT UN3321Ecopoetics
WritingWRIT UN3224Writing the Sixties
YiddishYIDD GU4995Exploring Yiddishland: Culture in Time and Space

Summer 2022 Last updated June 20, 2022.

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS OC4504How to Wade Through Water? The Lagoon as Expanded Classroom
AnthropologyANTH UN3751Personhood
BiologyBIOL UN1004Foundations of Biology
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental BiologyEEEB GU4340Human Adaptation
EnglishENGL S3293Contemporary Poetics of the Black Tradition
EnglishENGL S3353American Memory
EnglishENGL S3376Revolutions in Text and Technology
EnglishCLEN S3469Arthur & Co.
EnglishENGL UN3671Romantic Era
EnglishCLEN S3682Human Rights in World Literature and Visual Culture
EnglishENGL S3693Sally Rooney - Authorship in the 21st Century
EnglishENGL UN3743Harlem Crossroads: Transnationalism and Performances of Race
EnglishENGL S3782When American Television Became American Literature
FrenchFREN OC3524Contemp. French Lit. in a Global Context (this course taught in Paris, France)
FrenchFRRP UN3945Postwar French Cinema and Bad Taste
HistoryHIST UN2176Revolution & Empire: Haiti & France, 1789-1820
HistoryHIST UN2497Colonial America, Imperial America: 1776-1920
HistoryHIST GU4525Immigrant New York
Human RightsHRTS GU4050Young People, Human Rights, Gun Violence
MathematicsMATH UN2015Linear Algebra and Probability
MathematicsMATH UN2030Ordinary Differential Equations
Political SciencePOLS S3228American Constitutional Law
Political SciencePOLS S3232American Urban Politics
Political SciencePOLS S3628Advances in IPE
PsychologyPSYC S2210Cognition: Basic Processes
PsychologyPSYC S3226Global Scholars Program in Paris: Hands-on Consciousness
PsychologyPSYC UN3622Topics in Clinical Psychology - Summer


Committee on the Core

The Committee on the Core (COC) is responsible for all matters regarding the Core Curriculum. Questions? Contact core-curriculum@columbia.edu.

Committee on the Core Members: 2022-2023

  • Josef Sorett, Dean of Columbia College
  • 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 Joseph Howley, Department of Classics, Chair of Literature Humanities
  • Professor Ivana Nikolic Hughes, Director of Frontiers of Science
  • Professor Carol Rovane, Department of Philosophy, Chair of Contemporary Civilization
  • Professor Benjamin Steege, Department of Music, Chair of Music Humanities
  • Professor Zoë Strother, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Chair of Art Humanities
  • Professor Nicole Wallack, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Director of the Undergraduate Writing Program
Student Representatives:
  • Avi Adler, Columbia College '24
  • Sonia Svedahl, Columbia College '25
  • Josh Powell, General Studies '23
Ex-Officio:
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Larry Jackson, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum
  • Caroline Marvin, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies

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: 2022-2023

  • Chair: Professor Shahid Naeem, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
  • Professor Paul Blaer, Department of Computer Science
  • Professor Brian Cole, Department of Physics
  • Professor Julien Dubedat, Department of Mathematics
  • Professor Kevin Griffin, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor David Helfand, Frontiers of Science
  • Professor Kathryn Johnston, Department of Astronomy
  • Professor Jae Woo Lee, Department of Computer Science
  • Professor Jon Owen, Department of Chemistry
  • Professor Mary Putman, Department of Astronomy
  • Professor Guy Sella, Department of biological Sciences
  • Professor Nim Tottenham, Department of Psychology
  • Professor Gabriel Young, Department of Statistics
Student Representatives:
  • Miriam Aziz, Columbia College '24
  • Darian Parker, General Studies '24
Ex-Officio:
  • Josef Sorett, Dean of Columbia College
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Ivana Nikolic Hughes, Director of Frontiers of Science
  • Caroline Marvin, Dean of Academic Affairs, General Studies
  • Larry Jackson, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum
  • Amy Kohn, Senior Associate Director, Academic Affairs, Columbia College

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 the Global Core Members: 2022-2023

  • 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 Kevin Fellezs, Department of Music and Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies
  • Professor Frank Guridy, History and African American and African Diaspora Studies
  • Professor Mana Kia, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (on leave for AY 2022-2023)
  • Associate Professor David Lurie, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Professor Matthew McKelway, Art History and Archaeology (on leave for AY 2022-2023)
Student Representative:
  • Natalie Yang, Columbia College '23
  • Ysabella Titi, General Studies '23
Ex-Officio:
  • Josef Sorett, Dean of Columbia College
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Larry Jackson, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum
  • Shannon Marquez, Dean of Undergradauate Global Engagement
  • Caroline Marvin, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies