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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: 2018-2019

  • 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 Steve Goldstein, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor Saskia Hamilton, Barnard College
  • Professor Robert Hymes, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Associate Professor Kimuli Kasara, Department of Political Science
  • 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:
  • To Be Determined
Ex-Officio:
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Ivonne Rojas, Acting Dean of Studies, School of General Studies
  • 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 Spring semester of the 2018-2019 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 October 4, 2018.

Spring 2019

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
AnthropologyANTH UN3602Stockholm Syndrome: Terror, Sympathy, Love
Art History and Archaeology  
Astronomy  
Biology  
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race  

Classics

  
Creative Writing  
Earth and Environmental SciencesEESC GU4235Sea Level Change
Earth InstituteSDEV GU4250Climate Change: Resilience and Adaptation
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3123Women in Early Modern China and Japan
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology  
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4308Explaining the Supernatural
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4407Victorian Literature
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3928Renaissance Comedy
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3254Bad Research and the Victorian Novel
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3287Hauntings: American Poetry in the 1980s
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3895Fantasy in Medieval Romance
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN UN3323Medical Fictions, Romantic to Modern
FilmFILM UN3960Intro to Experimental Film and Video
French  
Germanic LanguagesGERM GU4735Theory and Practice of prose (in German)
HistoryHIST UN3756Political Animals: Humans, Animals, and Nature in Modern European History
Human Rights  
Inst. Comparative Literature and Society  
Italian  
Language Resource Center  
Latin American and Iberian Cultures  
MESAASMDES UN3045Critical Theories of Religion in Modern South Asia
MESAASMDES UN3251The Ancient Sciences in Medieval Islamic World
Medieval and Renaissance Studies  
MusicMUSI UN3342Beyond Boundaries: Radical Black Experimental Music
Physics  
Political Science  
PsychologyPSYC UN3691Interpersonal Cognition Seminar: Close Relationships, Identity, and Memory
PsychologyPSYC GU4289The Games People Play: The Psychology of Strategy Decision Making
PsychologyPSYC GU4674Psychology and Law
Religion  
Slavic LanguagesCLSL UN3305Red Planet: Science Fiction and Fictions of teh Eastern Bloc
Slavic LanguagesRUSS GU4453Women and Resistance in Russia
Sociology  
Statistics  
Women’s and Gender Studies  
   

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: 2018-2019

  • James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • 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 Noam Elcott, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Chair of Art Humanities
  • Professor Emmanuelle Saada, Departments of French and History, Chair of Contemporary Civilization 
  • 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:
  • To Be Determined
Ex-Officio:
  • Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean of The School of General Studies
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Ivana N. Hughes, Director, Frontiers of Science
  • Roosevelt Montás, Associate Dean of Academic of Academic Affairs, Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum
  • Victoria P. Rosner, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies 
  • Toni Gunthrope-Hardee, Associate Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum

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: 2018-2019

  • 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 Jerry McManus, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor Caroline Marvin, Department of Psychology
  • Professor John Parsons, Department of Physics
  • Professor Mary Putman, Department of Astronomy
  • Professor David Reichman, Department of Chemistry
  • Professor Ovidiu Savin, Department of Mathematics
  • Professor Shahid Naeem, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Student Representatives:
  • To Be Determined
Ex-Officio:
  • James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean of The School of General Studies
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs
  • 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 Affairs, Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum
  • 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: 2018-2019

  • 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:
  • To Be Determined
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
  • Roosevelt Montás, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College