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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: 2017-2018

  • 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 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 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:
  • 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 Fall semester of the 2018-2019 academic year, and Summer 2018.  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 July 13, 2018.

Fall 2018

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
AnthropologyANTH UN3661South Asia: Anthropological Approaches
AnthropologyANEE GU4522The Emerging City: Environmental Histories of New York
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4646Foucault and the Arts
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN2420Art in Britain: Holbein to Shonibare
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3444Reflexivity in Art
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3103Roman Villas: The Art and Architecture of an Ancient Lifestyle
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4747Architecture and Empire in the Nineteenth Century
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3608Contemporary Japanese Art
AstronomyASTR GU4242Order of Magnitude of Physics
BiologyBIOL UN3404Seminar on the  Global Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance
BiologyBIOL GU4600Cell Signaling

Classics

GRKM UN3003Greece Today: Language, Literature, and Culture (in Greek)
Creative WritingWRIT GU4015Women of the World
Creative WritingWRIT UN3219Writing as Collecting
Earth and Environmental SciencesEESC GU4020Humans and the Carbon Cycle
Earth InstituteSDEV GU4101Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainable Development
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4122Japanese New Wave and Cinematic Modernism
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3343Japanese Contemporary Cinema and Media Culture
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3217Korean Popular Cinema
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental BiologyEEEB GU4201Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of Mammals
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN UN3711The Literary History of Atrocity
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3850Fiction, Intersubjectivity, and Relationality
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN UN3934The Bildungsroman in the 19th Century
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4789Writing the Nation: Ethnicity and Identity in Early Medieval England
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN UN3933Postcolonial Literature
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN UN3934Bildungsroman in 19th-Century Literature
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU440819th Century British Novel
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN OC3500London in Postcolonial Fiction: "We Are Here Because You Were There"
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3725Auden
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4599Bioethics and Narrative
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3712Henry James and Edith Wharton
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN UN3983Writing Across Media
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN GU4559Literature and Intersectional Feminisms
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3705Sonnets and Elegies
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3855Early American Ecologies
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3029HIV/AIDS and Its Representations
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4793English Translations of the Bible
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3406English Prose Fiction in the Renaissance
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4708British Modernist Novel
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3994Romanticism and the Experience of Freedom
English and Theater ArtsENTA GU4732American Plays and Musicals 1940-Present
FilmFILM UN2294Topics in World Cinema: Latin America
FilmFILM GU4951New Media Art
FilmFILM UN3915Advanced Film Production
FrenchFREN UN381920th and 21st Century Literary Groups and Avant Gardes
FrenchFREN GU4626Derrida and His Others
FrenchFREN OC3822Experiencing Life and Legend in the City of Light
Germanic LanguagesGERM GU422120th and 21st Century German Theater and Performance Histories (in German)
HistoryHIST UN2953War and Society Since 1945
HistoryHSWM UN2761Gender and Sexuality in African History
HistoryHSUR UN3545Urban Politics and Policies in a Global Age
HistoryHSCL UN3000The Persian Empire
HistoryHIST UN2222Nature and Power: Environmental History of North America
HistoryHIST UN3744The Decline of Britain
HistoryHIST UN3972The Ghetto from Venice to Harlem
HistoryHIST GU4743Manuscripts of the Muslim World
HistoryHIST GU4961Crime: Practices and Representations
HistoryHIST GU4684Popular Revolts in 19th century Brazil
HistoryHIST GU4348Austria in the 19th Century
HistoryHIST GU4573American Radicalism
Inst. Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS GU4145Fascism: Aesthetics and Politics
Inst. Comparative Literature and SocietyCLPS GU4251Global Freud
Inst. Comparative Literature and SocietyCLPS GU4223Sexual Science? Writing and the Epistemologcial Question of Psychoanalysis
ItalianITAL UN3232Senza frontiere. Lingua e cultura italiane dall' Ottocento ad oggi tra emigrazione
ItalianCLIA GU4022Diasporas in Italian and Transnational History
ItalianITAL GU4061From Commedia erudita to Commedia dell' Arte: Tradition and Innovation
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN UN3363Medieval Spanish Literature Outside the Box
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN UN3364Commons and Commodification in Contemporary Spain
Latin American and Iberian CulturesCATL UN3500Literature in Catalan Cinema
MESAASCLME GU4229Afro- Mediterranean Cultural Geographies: Ifriqiya-Tunis
MESAASMDES GU4218Spoken Arabic I
MESAASMDES GU4349Concentration Camps from Cuba to East Asia
MESAASMDES GU4621Court Cultures of India
Political SciencePOLS GU4423Political Economy: Theory and Methods, Elites and Institutions
Political SciencePOLS UN3623Ending War and Building Peace
Political SciencePOLS GU4447Drug Trafficking; Politics, and Development in Latin America
PsychologyPSYC GU4435Non- Mnemonic Functions of Memory Systems
PsychologyPSYC GU4239Cognitive Neuroscience of Narrative and Film
PsychologyPSYC UN3481Critical Periods in Brain Development and Behavior
ReligionRELI UN1312Religion in Black America: An Introduction
Slavic LanguagesCLPL GU4301Survey of Polish Literature
Slavic LanguagesSLCL UN3100Folklore past and Present: From Slavic Vampires to Urban Legends
SociologySOCI GU4600Mystifications of Social Reality
StatisticsSTAT GU4705Introduction to Data Science
Women’s and Gender StudiesWMST UN3345Reframing Gender Violence: Global Agendas
   

Summer 2018

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
AnthropologyANTH S3921Anti-Colonialism
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS OC4146Technology in Art and Visual Communication (taught abroad in Venice)
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS S2314Masters of the Baroque
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental BiologyEEEB S4076

Social Marketing and Biodiversity Conservation Behavior Change

EconomicsECON S4280Corporate Finance
EconomicsECON S4400Labor Economics
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL S3121Medieval Romance: Beheadings, Magical Underworlds, and Other Marvels
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL S3237

Toni Morrison and Octavia Butler

English and Comparative LiteratureENGL S3915

The Art of the Essay

English and Comparative LiteratureENGL S4605Post-1945 American Literature
Film and Media StudiesFILM S4200Animation Film History
Film and Media StudiesFILM OC4200Discovering French Cinema (taught abroad in Paris)
French and Romance PhilologyFREN OC3281Blackness in French: From Harlem to Paris and Beyond (taught abroad in Paris)
HistoryHIST S3116History of Capitalism
HistoryHIST S3785Archives of Colonialism
ItalianITAL OC4016Mediterranean Venice: Living and Losing a Maritime Empire (taught abroad in Venice)
JournalismJOUR S3017Reporting Political Violence in Latin America
MusicAHMM S3321Musics of India and West Asia
MusicMUSI S2020Salsa, Soca, Reggae
Political SciencePOLS S1101Political Theory I
PsychologyPSYC S2490Evolutionary Psychology
ReligionRELI S4322Exploring Sharia: Islamic Law
ReligionRELI S4355African American Prophetic Political Tradition
StatisticsSTAT S4221Time Series Analysis

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:
  • Danny Li CC'18
  • 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