A Letter from the Dean
A Letter from the Dean
The Columbia College Bulletin for the academic year 2013-2014 is the one place you can come to find everything you need to know about your academic experience at Columbia College, whether that be academic policy, faculty listings, departmental contacts, programs of study, degree requirements, the academic calendar, scholarships, fellowships or awards. It is the one centralized location for everything you need to know about the College.
As a renowned liberal arts college within a world-class research institution, Columbia College offers a wide array of academic programs taught by faculty working at the frontiers of their disciplines. Students can choose from among more than 125 majors and concentrations and hundreds of electives, which range across the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.
Every Columbia College undergraduate is required to complete the Core Curriculum, or "The Core," a series of small seminars that introduce students to the great works of literature, philosophy, history, science and the arts. The Core teaches students to think critically, to ask big questions, and to discuss and debate. It prepares them for specialized study in their chosen majors and concentrations and for life after Columbia.
The College experience also extends beyond the classroom. We offer unique research, study abroad, internship and civic engagement programs; extensive cultural, athletic and recreational resources; and incomparable opportunities for intellectual growth and exploration throughout New York City and around the world.
I encourage you to peruse our annual Bulletin and refer back to it throughout the academic year. It represents the spirit of Columbia College, our unique – and uniquely engaging – undergraduate curriculum, our dedicated faculty, our diverse and engaged student body, and our special place in the greatest university in the greatest city in the world.
Roar, Lion(s), Roar,
James J. Valentini
Dean of Columbia College and
Vice President for Undergraduate Education
P.S. While the 2013-2014 Bulletin is only printed once, our on-line bulletin is updated throughout the year with new course and program information. Please visit college.columbia.edu/bulletin for our Directory of Classes and up-to-date information about Columbia College.