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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: 2020-2021

  • 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 Zoe Crossland, Department of Anthropology
  • 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 Valerie Purdie-Greenaway, Department of Psychology
  • Professor Oliver Simons, Department of Germanic Languages
  • Professor Josef Sorett, Departments of Religion & African American and African Diaspora Studies
  • Professor Katja Vogt, Department of Philosophy
  • Professor Keren Yarhi-Milo, Department of Political Science
Student Representatives:
  • Blythe Edwards, General Studies '21
  • Zachary Kimmel, Columbia College '21
  • Arya Rao, Columbia College '22
  • Salvatore Taibi, General Studies '21
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, 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 Fall 2021 and Summer 2021. 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.

Fall 2021 Last updated June 3, 2021.

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
American StudiesAMST UN3935Indigenous Peoples of New York and New England
AnthropologyANTH GU4066Hydropolitics in Madagascar
AnthropologyANTH GU4653Art beyond Aesthetics: Decolonizing approaches to representation
AnthropologyANTH GU4160 Elementary Forms of Populism
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN2415History Painting and Its Afterlives
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3017Architecture and Deception
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3104The Art of the Gods: Images of the Divine in the Ancient Mediterranean
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3229Medieval Monuments and Memory
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3614Landscape and the Visual Arts in China
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3615Imperial (Re)Visions: Art and Empire in India
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4503Planning and Programming An Exhibition, Subject: Childhood
BiologyBIOL UN3320Regulation of Behaviors for Survival
BiologyBIOL GU4036Transformative Concepts in Systems Biology
ChemistryCHEM GU4164Electric Field Effects in Catalysis
ClassicsCLLT UN3126Queer Classics: Desire, Embodiment, Backward Glances
ClassicsCLST UN3041The Ancient City and Us: Archaeology of a Relationship
ClassicsCLGM UN3800WRITING RESISTANCE
ClassicsCLCV GU4160Reading Rome in the Middle Ages and Beyond
ClassicsCLCV GU4180Friendship from Antiquity to the Present
ClassicsCLGM GU4600Multilingual America: Translation, Migration, Gender
ClassicsGRKM GU4821The Greek Revolution of 1821 and Its Legacies
Committee on Global ThoughtCGTH GU4200Global Food Worlds
Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS UN3231Rhetoric of Science: The roles of metaphor and narrative in the scientific enterprise
Earth and Environmental SciencesEESC UN1009GLOBAL WARMING FOR GLOBAL LEADERS
Earth and Environmental SciencesEESC UN3109CLIMATE PHYSICS
East Asian Languages and CulturesCHNS GU4105Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition
East Asian Languages and CulturesEARL GU4328Texts, Paintings, and Images of Korean Religions
English and Comparative LiteratureENTA UN3349DISABILITY IN THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3387AUSTEN, ELIOT, JAMES
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3496CHARLES DICKENS
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3628FAULKNER
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3642LOVE IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN GU4406MEMOIR: LIFE WRITING AND BODILY DIFFERENCE
English and Comparative LiteratureENTA GU4672RITES IN CRISIS: CONTEMPORARY THEATER AND THE PROBLEM OF REPAIR
French and Romance PhilologyFREN UN3835Violence, Politics, and the Graphic Novel
French and Romance PhilologyFREN GU4422Baudelaire Painter of Modern Life
Germanic LanguagesGERM UN3003What is German? Linguistic Variation Across Social and Historical Contexts
Germanic LanguagesCLGR GU4170Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain: Morbidity, Modernity and Metaphysics
Germanic LanguagesCLGR GU4252What is Fascism?
HistoryHIST UN1488Indigenous History of North America
HistoryHIST UN3164Novels of Empire
HistoryHIST UN3418The Carceral United States
HistoryHIST UN3982The Quantified State: How Democracy Includes, Excludes, and Governs with Numbers
HistoryHIST GU4151A Trans-Imperial Society: the History of the Danube River Basin
HistoryHIST GU4189Composing the Self in Early Modern Europe
HistoryHIST GU4301Politics and Justice in Latin America through Crime Fiction
HistoryHIST GU4512Property and Power in 20th Century U.S.
HistoryHIST GU4632Jews in the Ancient City: Politics and Materiality
ItalianITAL UN3669Gender/Genre: Italian Renaissance Women Authors
ItalianCLIA GU4025Italian Migrations
ItalianCLIA GU4500Mediterranean Humanities
Jewish StudiesCLYD UN3500READINGS IN JEWISH LITERATURE: American Jewish Literature: A survey
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN UN3890Forensic Fictions in the Premodern Iberian Archive
Latin American and Iberian CulturesPORT GU4467Race and Decolonial Dialogues in the Americas
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN GU4889Great Latin American Artists (That Never Existed)
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES UN1030Game of Thrones”: On Epics and Empires
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES UN2042South Asia at the Crossroads of Empires
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesCLME GU4221Literary Encounters and Reading across the Wor(l)ds
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES GU4266Decolonizing the Arabian Nights
MusicMUSI UN2230History and Practice of Electronic Music
MusicMUSI UN3410The Multicultural Roots of U.S. Popular Music
MusicMUSI UN3425Music, Sound and the Law
PhilosophyPHIL GU4850THE PHILOSOPHY OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
PsychologyCOGS UN1001Introduction to Cognitive Science
PsychologyPSYC UN3671Motivation Science
ReligionRELI UN3317Deep Tantra: Sex, Violence, Ritual
ReligionRELI UN3414Changing Places
Slavic LanguagesCLRS GU4214The Road to Power: Marxism in Germany and Russia
SociologySOCI GU4983The Sociology of Love and Eroticism

Summer 2021 Last updated March 8, 2021.

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
American StudiesAMST UN3932William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience
AnthropologyANTH UN3603Religion in Chinese Society
AnthropologyANTH GU4149ART STRIKE: MUSEUM DISSIDENTS & DISSONANCE
AnthropologyANTH GU4160 Elementary Forms of Populism
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN2102Gore and Violence in Greek Art
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3206Sacred Travel, Shrines, and Souvenirs in the Medieval World
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3321Modern Titian
ClassicsCLCV UN3018Illness and Healing in the Classical world and beyond
ClassicsCLGM GU4650Hidden emotions, hidden power: mental health in Literature from antiquity to futurity
East Asian Languages and CulturesJPNS UN1001INTRODUCTORY JAPANESE A
East Asian Languages and CulturesKORN UN1001INTRODUCTORY KOREAN A
East Asian Languages and CulturesKORN UN1002INTRODUCTORY KOREAN B
East Asian Languages and CulturesCHNS UN1010INTRODUCTORY CHINESE A
East Asian Languages and CulturesCHNS UN1011INTRODUCTORY CHINESE B
East Asian Languages and CulturesKORN UN1101FIRST YEAR KOREAN I
East Asian Languages and CulturesCHNS UN1115Accelerated First Year Chinese (W)
East Asian Languages and CulturesTIBT UN1401First Year Classical Tibetan
East Asian Languages and CulturesCHNS UN2201SECOND YEAR CHINESE N I
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3215KOREAN LITERATURE & FILM
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3343JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY CINEMA & MEDIA CULTURE
East Asian Languages and CulturesJPNS UN3402JAPANESE POP CULTURE II
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA UN3851GODS, GHOSTS, AND ANCESTORS: RELIGION IN CHINESE CULTURE AND SOCIETY
East Asian Languages and CulturesCHNS GU4012BUSINESS CHINESE I
East Asian Languages and CulturesCHNS GU4015MEDIA CHINESE II
East Asian Languages and CulturesCHNS GU4016FOURTH YEAR CHINESE II
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA GU4251A Transpacific Age: China-U.S. Relations in the Long Nineteenth Century
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4342Pre-1900 Japanese Literature: Through the Lens of Adaptation
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA GU4756Toward A Social History: Tibetan Societies Across the Himalayan Plateau
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4831The Supernatural in Modern Japanese Literature and Film
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental BiologyEEEB UN3087Conservation Biology
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental BiologyEEEB UN3970 Biological Basis of Human Variation
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3328 Early American Literature: 1492-1852
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3494The Novel of Slavery
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3552 Shakespeare
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3746Ancient Rome in Early Modern Theater
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3756 Literary Nonfiction
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and RaceCSER UN3946Indigenous Theater, Performance & Politics
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and RaceCSER UN3947Transpacific Media Cultures
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and RaceCSER UN3948Indigenous Language Revitalization in Latin America
FilmFILM GU4294World Cinema: Latin America
FilmFILM GU4305Digital Storytelling I
HistoryHIST UN3092U.S.-Middle East Relations
HistoryHIST GU4358THEMES IN INTELLECTUAL
HistoryHIST GU4945SPORT & SOCIETY IN EASTERN EUROPE
HistoryHIST GU4962Making and Knowing in Early Modern Europe: Hands-On History
Institute for the Study of Human RightsHRST GU4750Facing the Violent Past: Prevention and Repair
Jewish StudiesJWST S4145Topics in Israeli Cinema
JournalismJOUR S3101 Political Reporting on the Campaign Trail
JournalismJOUR S3102Journalism in the Age of Activism
PsychologyPSYC UN1021Science of Psychology: Explorations and Applications
PsychologyPSYC S1902Global Bootcamp: Neuroscience of Consciousness
PsychologyPSYC UN2481Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
PsychologyPSYC UN2640Intro to Social Cognition
Slavic LanguagesRUSS UN3221Literature & Revolution [In English]
Slavic LanguagesUKRN GU4033Fin de Siecle Ukrainian Literature
Slavic LanguagesCLRS GU4037Poets, Rebels, Exiles: 100 Years of Russian and Russian Jews in America


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: 2020-2021

  • 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:
  • Joshua Collier, Columbia College '22
  • Kirat Randhawa, General Studies '21
  • Genevieve Scott, Columbia College '23
Ex-Officio:
  • Ivana Hughes, Director of Frontiers of Science
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Victoria 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: 2020-2021

  • Chair: Professor Shahid Naeem, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
  • Professor Brian A. Cole, Department of Physics
  • Professor Tulle Hazelrigg, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Professor David Helfand, Department of Astronomy, Frontiers of Science
  • Professor Sidney Hemming, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor Jae Woo Lee, Department of Computer Science
  • Professor Melissa Liu, Department of Mathematics
  • Professor Shaw-Hwa Lo, Department of Statistics
  • Professor Caroline Marvin, Department of Psychology
  • Professor Jon Owen, Department of Chemistry
  • Professor Mary Putman, Department of Astronomy
Student Representatives:
  • Augustine Adda, General Studies '21
  • Dahiana Pena, Columbia College '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, Columbia College
  • 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, Academic Affairs, Columbia College

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: 2020-2021

  • 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
  • Associate Professor David Lurie, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Student Representative:
  • Diogene Artiles, Columbia College '22
  • Darin Sawan, General Studies '21
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, Columbia College
  • Victoria Rosner, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies
  • 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!