Columbia College

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: 2017-2018

  • Co-Chair: Dean James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • Co-Chair: Dean Peter Awn, Dean of the School of General Studies
  • Professor Yinon Cohen, Department of Sociology 
  • Professor Michael Como, Department of Religion
  • Professor Zoe Crossland, Department of Anthropology
  • Professor Patricia Denison, Associate Provost, Barnard College
  • Professor Steve Goldstein, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor Robert Hymes, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • 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 (Szabi) Marka, Department of Physics
  • Professor Barclay Morrison, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Vice Dean of Undergraduate Programs, School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Professor Maria Uriate, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
  • Professor Mark Van De Mieroop, Department of History
  • Professor Katja Vogt, Department of Philosophy
Student Representatives:
  • Zoey Chopra, CC '18  
  • Joseph Lap, CC '18
  • Graham Patterson, GS '18
  • Anne-Julie Revault, GS '18
Ex-Officio:
  • Thomas Harford, Dean of Students, School of General Studies
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Planning and Administration, Columbia College
  • 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 2017-2018 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 December 15, 2017.

Spring 2018

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
American Studies-HistoryAMHS GU4403The Sixties in the Archive
AnthropologyANTH UN2071 Material Religion
AnthropologyANTH GU4235Afterlives: Mortuary Archaeology in History and Theory
Architecture (Barnard)ARCH UN3123Spaces and Territories of Housing
Architecture (Barnard)ARCH UN3400Environmental Visualizations of NYC
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN2119Rome and Beyond Rome: Roman Art and Architecture in a Global Perspective
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN2309Early Modern Architecture (1550- 1799)
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3227

Gotham City Gothic

Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3312Tintoretto - 500 Years
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3317Shaping Renaissance Rome
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3318Books and Architecture
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3435Post-pop: Intersections of Contemporary Art and Music
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3436Illegal America
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3604Sacred Landscapes of Japan
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4074Latin American Artists: Independence to Present
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4551Arts of African Kingdoms
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4563Streams and Mountains: The Art of Landscape Painting in China
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4641Russian Constructivism
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4648Building Fascism
BiologyBIOL GU4080The Ancient and Modern RNA Worlds
BiologyBIOL GU4290Biological Microscopy
Business (Undergraduate)BUSI UN3704Making History Through Venturing
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and RaceCSER UN3942Race and Racisms
Center for the Study of Human RightsHRTS GU4880Human Rights in the United States
Center for the Study of Human RightsHRTS GU4910Children’s Rights, Armed Conflict, and Peacebuilding
ChemistrySCNC UN1800Energy and Energy Conservation
ClassicsCLLT UN3127      Hercules: Hero, Murderer, Philosopher, Buffoon
Earth InstituteSDEV GU4050

Essential Connections: US Water & Energy Policy in a Resource-Constrained World

Earth InstituteSDEV GU4350Public Lands in the American West
Earth and Environmental SciencesEESC UN3400Introduction to Computational Earth Science
Earth and Environmental SciencesEESC GU4220Glaciology
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3117

The Supernatural in Japanese Literature: Monsters, Ghosts, & Science

East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3230Labor, Love, and Leisure in Contemporary China
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4029Jin Ping Mei in a New Light
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4034Modern Chinese Literature and the Economic Imagination
East Asian Languages and CulturesJPNS GU4035Reading and Translating Modern Japanese Literature
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA GU4110Histories of Science and Technology in East Asia
East Asian Languages and CulturesEARL GU4120Chan/Zen Buddhism
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA GU4234History of Political Thought in Modern East Asia
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4272Remaking Japan: Hollywood and Japanese Film
East Asian Languages and CulturesEARL GU4312Tibetan Sacred Space (in Comparative Context)
East Asian Languages and CulturesEARL GU4324Religion and Politics in Korea
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4412History of Writing in a Cosmopolitan East Asia
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4630Love, Poverty, and Revolution in Vietnamese Short Fiction
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental BiologyEEEB GU4050Programming and Data Science Skills for Biologists
EconomicsECON UN3952Seminar in Macroeconomics and Formation of Expectations
EconomicsECON GU4710

Finance and the Real Economy

English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3286Freaks and Aesthetes in Fifties Families
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3343The Surveillance of Women in Renaissance Drama and Culture
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3396Literature of Fact in a Postfactual World
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3720Melodrama, Horror, Crime, Vaudeville
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3739Memoir and Social Justice
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN UN3741Literature of Lost Lands
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3919English Translations of the Bible
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN UN3904Cinematic Modernism
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3932The American Renaissance
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN UN3935Third World Bildungsroman
English and Comparative LiteratureENTA UN3939Caryl Churchill
English and Comparative LiteratureENTA UN3972Disaster Plays
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4104Pre-Modern Literature and the History of Sexuality
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN GU4199Literature and Oil
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU420916th Century Poetry
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4300Religion and the Novel 1660-1840
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4560Children's Literature
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN GU4565Postcolonial Theory
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4625Ralph Ellison
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4613The 1960's
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4790Advanced Old English: Anglo Saxon Spirituality
English and Comparative LiteratureENFR GU4800The Writer in 19th-C British & French Fiction
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4858Mulitmedia Blake
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN GU4905The Antigone Project
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN GU4910Metaphor and Media
Film and Media StudiesFILM UN2292Topics in World Cinema: China
Film and Media StudiesFILM UN3930Seminar in International Film (sec.001- Polish Cinema)
Film and Media StudiesFILM GU4940Queer Cinema
Film and Media StudiesFILM GU4950Visual Bodies: From Cinema to New Media
French and Romance PhilologyFREN UN3818War Imaginaries
French and Romance PhilologyFREN GU4418Eloquent Animals in Medieval Literature
Germanic LanguagesCLGR UN3555Crime and Criminality (in English)
Germanic LanguagesCLGR GU4345Goethe and the Sciences
Global ThoughtCGTH UN3402Topics in Global Thought: Global 20-Youth in an Interconnected World
HistoryHIST UN2305War in Germany 1618-2018
HistoryHIST UN2501The Early American Republic: How the Rebels Became the Empire
HistoryHIST UN2577US - Middle East Relations
HistoryHIST UN2689Colonial Cities of the Americas, c.1500-1800
HistoryHIST UN2881Vietnam in the World
HistoryHIST UN2909World War I as Global Crucible
HistoryHIST UN3109Behaving and Misbehaving: The Body in Early Modern Europe
HistoryHIST UN3366Intellectual Life in Nineteenth-Century Britain
HistoryHIST UN3418American Future in the Progressive Era
HistoryHIST UN3679Mexico and the United States: Migration, Politics, and Culture
HistoryHIST UN3789Histories of Poverty in Africa 
HistoryHIST UN3866Wars for Indochina
HistoryHIST GU4219Foreign Relations of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1904-2014
HistoryHIST GU4226Life and Fate: The Soviet Experience of World War Two
History- ClassicsHSCL GU4607Rabbis for Historians
Institute for Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS GU4320Marginalization in Medicine: A Practical Understanding of the Social Implications of Race
Institute for Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS GU4400Global Language Justice and the Digital Sphere: Theory and Practice
ItalianITAL UN3339Learning Italian in Class on Online: A Telecollaboration with Italy
ItalianITAL GU4021The Age of Romanticism Across the Adriatic
Jewish StudiesJWST UN3200Mother Tongue or Other Tongue: Multilingualism in Modern Jewish Literature
Jewish Studies (cross-listed with Germanic Languages)JWST GU4270The Golden Age of German-Jewish Culture
Jewish Studies (cross-listed with Germanic Languages)JWST GU4350The Yiddish Classics and Modernity
Latin American and Iberian CulturesNAHU UN1103Elementary Nahuatl II
Latin American and Iberian CulturesNAHU UN2102Intermediate Nahuatl II: Dialectical Varieties of Central Mexico
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN UN3342Global Dis-orientations: Travels, Exchanges & Interactions Early Modern World (1492- 1808)
MESAASMDES UN1001Critical Theory: An Introduction
MESAASMDES GU4217 Fourth Year Classical Arabic II
MESAASCLME GU4226Arabic Autobiography: Global Dimensions
MESAASMDES GU4258Readings in Classical Arabic Literature
MESAASMDES GU4237Arabs, Jews, and Arab Jews: Identity, Politics, Writing
Modern GreekCLGM UN3005Dictatorships and their Afterlives
Modern GreekCLGM UN3110The Ottoman Past in the Greek Present
Modern GreekGRKM GU4150C.P. Cavafy and the Poetics of Desire
MusicMUSI GU4155

Experiments in Opera Since 1970

MusicMUSI GU4157Late Style and Early Romanticism
MusicMUSI GU4375Music and Madness
MusicMUSI GU4470Music and Bollywood
MusicMUSI GU4630

Recorded Sound

PhilosophyPHIL UN3857The Public and the Private
PhilosophyPHIL GU4810Lattices and Boolean Algebras
Physical EducationPHED UN1002Physical Education Activities: Outdoor Recreational Games
Political SciencePOLS UN3173Power, Rights, and Social Change: Achieving Justice
Political SciencePOLS UN3176Liberalism: Origins and Challenges
Political SciencePOLS UN3556The Rise of India and China
Political SciencePOLS GU4478Domestic Russian Politics Since the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Political SciencePOLS GU4828Rising Powers and the Transformation of Global Politics
Political SciencePOLS GU4840Insurgencies and Civil Wars
PsychologyPSYC GU4229Attention and Perception
ReligionRELI UN3206Religion in the Archive
ReligionRELI UN3518 Buddhism in East Asian Medical Cultures
ReligionRELI UN3612The Religious History of Hip Hop
ReligionRELI GU4411

Religion, Mind, and Science Fiction

ReligionRELI GU4526Food and Sex in Premodern Chinese Buddhism
ReligionRELI GU4626Reading (In Theory) sec.001 title: Freud and Derrida
Slavic (Barnard)RUSS UN3225Post-Colonial/Post Socialist: Voices from the Soviet Periphery
Slavic (Barnard)CLRS GU4040The Future is Red (White and Blue): Modernity and Social Justice in the U.S. and U.S.S.R.
Slavic LanguagesCLRS GU4038

Dostoevsky in the 1870s: Demons, Diary of a Writer, Adolescent, and Dickens

Slavic LanguagesRUSS GU4040Eurasian Urbanism: From the Imperial to the Post Soviet
Slavic LanguagesPOLI GU4051Movements in Polish Cinema
SociologySOCI UN3910Higher Education and Inequality
SociologySOCI UN3981Migration and Development
Visual ArtsVIAR UN3103Advanced Painting: Process
Visual ArtsVIAR UN3419Print Into Motion
Women’s and Gender StudiesWMST UN3335Gender and Wars: Perspectives from the Global South
WritingWRIT UN3125

Apocalypses Now

WritingWRIT UN3318Contemporary Women Poets: Origin and Inspiration
 

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: 2017-2018

  • Chair: Professor Julie Crawford, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Chair of Literature Humanities
  • 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 Patricia Kitcher, Department of Philosophy, Chair of Contemporary Civilization 
  • Professor Matthew McKelway, 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:
  • Zachary Marcone, CC'19
  • Mohamad Ali Saadeddin, CC'20
  • Jeffrey Scott Bailey, GS' 18
Ex-Officio:
  • James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • Toni Gunthrope-Hardee, Associate Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Planning and Administration
  • Ivana N. Hughes, Director, Frontiers of Science
  • Roosevelt Montás, Associate Dean of Academic of Academic Planning and Administration, Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum
  • Victoria P. Rosner, 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: 2017-2018

  • Chair: Professor Kevin Griffin, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
  • 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 Peter Keleman, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor Caroline Marvin, Department of Psychology
  • Professor John Parsons, Department of Physics
  • Professor Karen Phillips, Department of Chemistry
  • Professor Mary Putman, Department of Astronomy
  • Professor Ovidiu Vasile Savin, Department of Mathematics
Student Representatives:
  • Kevin Graves, GS'18
  • Thomas Li, CC'18
Ex-Officio:
  • James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Planning and Administration
  • 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 Planning and Administration, Director of the Core Curriculum
  • Amy Kohn, Associate Director of Academic Planning and Administration

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: 2017-2018

  • Chair: Professor Patricia Grieve, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
  • Professor Muhsin Al-Musawi, Department of Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies
  • Professor Courtney Bender, Department of Religion
  • Professor Madeleine Dobie, Department of French and Romance Philology
  • Professor Stathis Gourgouris, Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • Professor David Lurie, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Professor Andrew Nathan, Department of Political Science
  • Professor Avinoam Shalem, Department of Art History and Archaeology 
  • Professor Wei Shang, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures 
Student Representative:
  • Lucas Haugeberg, GS 18'
  • Omar Khan, CC '18
Ex-Officio:
  • James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • Victoria P. Rosner, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Planning and Administration, Columbia College
  • Roosevelt Montás, Associate Dean of Academic Planning and Administration, Columbia College