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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: 2019-2020

  • Co-Chair: Dean James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • Co-Chair: Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean of the School of General Studies
  • Professor Chloe Bulinski, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Professor Yinon Cohen, Department of Sociology
  • Professor Steven Goldstein, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor Saskia Hamilton, Barnard College
  • Professor Robert Hymes, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • 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 Molly Murray, Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • Professor Oliver Simons, Department of Germanic Languages
  • Professor Mark Van De Mieroop, Department of History
  • Professor Katja Vogt, Department of Philosophy
  • Professor Keren Yarhi-Milo, Department of Political Science
Student Representatives:
  • Hanna Agbanrin, GS'20
  • Yaniv Goren, CC'22
  • Enoch Jiang, CC'21
  • Joshua Lefkow, GS'24
Ex-Officio:
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Victoria Rosner, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies
  • Andrew Plaa, Dean of Advising for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering
  • Marlyn Delva, Dean of Students, School of General Studies
  • Amy Kohn, Associate Director, Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Mandeep Singh, Assistant Director, Academic Affairs, School of General Studies

New Approved Courses

The following new courses have been approved for the Summer term following the 2019-2020 academic year. New Fall 2020 courses will be added shortly. 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 May 7, 2020.

Summer 2020

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
African American and African Diaspora StudiesAFAM GU4000Gospel Music in Modern America
African American and African Diaspora StudiesAFAM GU4468Post-1945 Jazz
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS S2600THE ARTS OF CHINA
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS S4654Painting in the Mid Twentieth Century, 1929-1980
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS S4655Performing the City
BiochemistryBCHM GU4501BIOCHEM I-STRUCTURE/METABOLISM
BiologyBIOL GU4310Virology
ClassicsCLCV UN3059WORLDS OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT
ClassicsCLCV UN3111PLATO&CONFUCIUS: COMP ANC PHIL
Earth and Environmental SciencesEESC UN1004Dinosaurs and the History of Life
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL S3826Jane Austen and the Poets
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN S3484Inventions of the Self: Autofiction, Therapy, and Neuroplasticity
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN S3987Narrative Forms of Medicine: Forms of Autobiography
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN S4521Topics in Comparative Literature: Defining Life
French and Romance PhilologyFREN UN3242French Language, Culture, and Society through the Discovery of Paris

History

HIST UN2478US INTELLECTUAL HIST 1865-PRES
HistoryHIST UN333520TH CENT NEW YOUR CITY HIST
ItalianITAL UN3643History of Italian Cinema
MusicAHMM UN3320MUSIC-EAST ASIA-SOUTHEAST ASIA
MusicMUSI UN2240The Song Within Us: Composition, Analysis, Performance
PhilosophyPHIL UN3800PHILOSOPHY, JUSTICE AND SOCIAL ACTIVISM
Political SciencePOLS UN3100Justice
Political SciencePOLS UN3260LATINO POLITICAL EXPERIENCE
Political SciencePOLS UN3671China's Foreign Relations
Political SciencePOLS UN3720Research Design: Scope and methods
Political SciencePOLS GU4835Formal and Informal Terrorist Actors
ReligionRELI S2335Religion in Black America: An Introduction
ReligionRELI S4619Islam in Popular Culture
ReligionRELI UN1612Religion and the History of Hip Hop
WritingWRIT UN3215Art Writing for Writers

Fall 2020

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
DepartmentSubj code numberTitle of Course

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: 2019-2020

  • James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • Professor Noam Elcott, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Chair of Art 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 Emmanuelle Saada, Departments of French and History, Chair of Contemporary Civilization
  • Professor Elaine Sisman, Department of Music, Chair of Music Humanities
  • 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:
  • Joon Baek, CC'21
  • Matthew Linsky, GS'23
  • Abraham Lyon, CC'21
  • Radhika Mehta, CC'22
Ex-Officio:
  • Ivana N. Hughes, Director, Frontiers of Science
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Victoria P. Rosner, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies
  • Larry Jackson, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Core Curriculum and Undergraduate Programs
  • Toni Gunthrope-Hardee, Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Faculty and Student Support

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: 2019-2020

  • Professor Tulle Hazelrigg, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Professor David Helfand, Department of Astronomy, Frontiers of Science
  • Professor Jae Woo Lee, Department of Computer Science
  • Professor Shaw-Hwa Lo, Department of Statistics
  • Professor Caroline Marvin, Department of Psychology
  • Professor Jerry McManus, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor Shahid Naeem, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
  • Professor Mary Putman, Department of Astronomy
  • Professor David Reichman, Department of Chemistry
  • Professor Ovidiu Savin, Department of Mathematics
  • Professor Brian A. Cole, Department of Physics
Student Representatives:
  • Michelle Capuno, GS'22
  • Rafael Lippert, CC'21
Ex-Officio:
  • James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • Ivana Hughes, Department of Chemistry, Director of Frontiers of Science
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Victoria Rosner, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies
  • Larry Jackson, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Core Curriculum and Undergraduate Programs
  • 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: 2019-2020

  • 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:
  • Hayat Aljowaily, GS'20
  • Clara Harter, CC'20
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
  • Shannon Marquez, Dean of Undergraduate Global Engagement
  • Larry Jackson, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Core Curriculum and Undergraduate Programs

Interested Students

If you are a current student at Columbia College and you are interested in learning more about how decisions about the curriculum are made, consider serving as a student representative on one of these committees! Learn more about the application process.