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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 Spring 2021 and Fall 2020. 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 November 24, 2020.

Spring 2021

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
American StudiesAMST UN3931Topics in American Studies (Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Meaning of America)
American StudiesAMST UN3933The American Graphic Novel
AnthropologyANTH GU4052Post/Socialist Bodies
AnthropologyANTH GU4378Strange Resonances, Close Listening
AnthropologyANTH GU4349Shades of the Political: Anthropological Investigations of Everyday Life in Turkey
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4521Sin and Sodomy
Biological SciencesBIOT GU4161ETHICS IN BIOPHARM PAT/REG LAW
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and RaceCSER UN3041The Art & Politics of Memory in Latin America: Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and RaceCSER UN3304Race and Aesthetics in Cinema
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and RaceCSER UN3305Provincializing Prohibition: The “War on Drugs” in the Americas
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and RaceCSER UN3964Maya Guatemala-Neoliberalism & Resistance
ChemistryCHEM GU4313Peptide and Protein Chemistry
ClassicsCLST UN3030Beyond City Limits: Considering the Countryside in the Ancient Roman World
ClassicsCLST UN3040Ethnicity, Power, and Resistance in Ancient Empire
ClassicsCLCV UN3070Polis: the Biography of the Ancient Greek City-State 650 BCE-350 CE
ClassicsCLLT UN3129An Odyssey of Odysseys: Receptions of Homer’s Odyssey from Antiquity to the 21st Century
ClassicsCLGM GU4550Greek Poets and their Interluctors
Inst. for Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS GU4323Utopia and the Pandemic
Inst. for Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS GU4325Abolition Medicine: Medical Racisms and Anti-Racisms
Inst. for Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS GU4732Matters of Life/Death
Inst. for Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS GU4800Advanced Topics in Medical Humanities (Pandemic and Social Inequality)
Creative WritingWRIT UN3320Provocations in Twentieth-Century Poetics
Earth and Environmental SciencesEESC UN3328Glacial Geomorphology
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental BiologyEEEB GU4670Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
East Asian Languages and CulturesBURM UN2102Intermediate Burmese II
East Asian Languages and CulturesTWI UN2102Intermediate Twi II
East Asian Languages and CulturesTIBT UN2711ADVANCED LITERARY TIBETAN II
East Asian Languages and CulturesJPNS UN3402JAPANESE POP CULTURE II
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3435Chinese Revolution, Asian Revolution, World Revolution: Revolution and Radicalism in the Long Twentieth Century
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA UN3971STATES OF SURVEILLANCE: A GLOBAL HISTORY OF BIG BROTHER
East Asian Languages and CulturesVIET GU4102MIXED ADVANCED VIETNAMESE II
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4124SOUTH KOREAN FILM AS HISTORY
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA GU4250MADE IN CHINA: CRAFT AND INDUSTRY IN CHINESE HISTORY
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA GU4729Amdo: The Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian and Muslim Interface
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3026RENAISSANCE ENGLAND AND THE POETRY OF EXPERIMENT
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3048British Literature to 1500
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3232COUNTERARCHIVES
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3482LIVES OF PROPERTY IN THE COLONIAL ATLANTIC WORLD
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3691DESIRE AND DISGUST IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3789AMERICAN NATURE WRITING TO 1900
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4568Radical Domesticity: Modernism, Gender, and Building the Future
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4821The Transitions: Trends and Texts of World Transformation
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4836BLACK LITERATURE AND VISUAL ART: STUDIES IN COLLABORATION
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4975PRISON LITERATURE
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4931NEW YORK INTELLECTUALS: MARY MCCARTHY, HANNAH ARENDT, SUSAN SONTAG
FrenchFREN UN3243Lang. Culture, Society: La culture pop
FrenchFREN UN3762Sex, Drugs, and Marxism: France in the 1960's
FrenchCLFR OC3821City Diplomacy (This course will be taught in Reid Hall.)
FrenchCLFR GU4440Remapping Algeria: Poetics and Politics of Space
FrenchFREN GU4441Classical French Moralists
FrenchCLFR GU4521The Politics of Memory. Remembrance, Ethics and Identity in France since 1945
Germanic LanguagesCLYD UN3000Do you read Jewish? From Yiddish, to Yinglish, to Yiddler, in the US
HistoryHIST UN3269From Oracles, Fortune and Gifts of God to Mathematics: The History of Risk Before the Probability Calculus, c. 1350 CE – c. 1660 CE
HistoryHIST UN3702Russia’s Silver Age, 1890-1920
HistoryHIST UN3384Brazilian Slavery in its Global Context
HistoryHIST GU4090Craft, Literature, and Data: Hands-on Material and Digital Methods for the Study of How-to Technical Texts
HistoryHIST GU4727The History of the End of the World
HistoryHIST GU4821Italy’s Material Culture, 1945-2015
HistoryHIST GU4956Mesopotamian Culture and Society in the first millennium BCE
ItalianCLIA GU4024Nationalism in Theory and History
Jewish StudiesJWST UN3538Jews in the City in the Islamic Middle East
Latin American and Iberian CulturesPORT UN3443Visual Cultures and the City
LinguisticsLING GU4173Hyphenated Minds: Heritage Speakers and Their Vocabularies
MathematicsMATH GU4392INTRO TO QUANTUM MECHANICS II
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES UN3047MESAAS & History: Court Cultures 350-1750
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES UN3048Pandemics: A Global History
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES GU4239Medicine and Disease in the Pre-Modern Islamic World
MusicMUSI UN3117Singing Against Slavery: Five Centuries of Resistance
PhilosophyPHIL UN3861Language & Society
PhilosophyPHIL GU4080Plato
PhilosophyPHIL GU4763Feminist, Social and Political Philosophy of Language
Political SciencePOLS UN3177REASON AND POLITICS
Political SciencePOLS GU4722QUANT METH 2 STAT THEO&CAUS INF
Political SciencePOLS GU4823CHINA AND THE WORLD ECONOMY
PsychologyPSYC UN1021Science of Psychology: Explorations and Applications
PsychologyPSYC UN2690Frontiers of Justice
PsychologyPSYC GU4224Consciousness and Cognitive Science
PsychologyPSYC GU4493Stress and the Brain
PsychologyPSYC GU4880In Service of Equity: Examining Developmental Science through the Lens of Policy
ReligionRELI UN2335RELI IN BLACK AMERICA:AN INTRO
ReligionRELI GU4517After the Human
Slavic LanguagesSLCL UN3101The Slavs: Myths, Literacies and Attitudes
Slavic LanguagesCLRS UN3312Thinking Bodies: Literature, Film, Performance
Slavic LanguagesUKRN GU4121Agent of Change: Ukrainian Art Between Revolutions
Slavic LanguagesCLSL GU4009Hegel: State, History, Freedom
Women's StudiesWMST UN3655Gender and Public Health: Disparities, Pathways, and Policies

Fall 2020 Last updated August 26, 2020.

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
American StudiesAMST UN3930Journalism and Democracy: The 2020 Election (Section 002)
AnthropologyANTH UN3624Radical Realisms: Anthropology, Modernism, Fiction
AnthropologyANTH UN3664FIELDWORK AT EDGE OF THE VIDEO FRAME
AnthropologyANTH UN3725Politics of Recognition
AnthropologyANTH GU4145Zora
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3316Mediterranean Maps
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3327Building Before Industrialization
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3417Medieval Revival: Collecting, Copying, and Co-opting the Past
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3453Women Artists in Eighteenth-Century Europe
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3503Contemporary Arts of Africa
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4532The Lives of Titian
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4574Picturing a New World: Illustrated Manuscripts in Early Colonial Mexico and Peru
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4740Re-Reading American Photographs
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4948American Government Architecture: Governance and Governmentality
BurmeseBURM UN2101Elementary Burmese I
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and RaceCSER UN3303Whiteness, Sentiment and Political Belonging
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and RaceCSER UN3444The Decolonial Appeal: Desiring Decolonization in Sites of Representation
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and RaceCSER GU4361 Documenting Disaster
ClassicsCLCV UN3008The Age of Augustus
Committee on Global ThoughtCGTH GU4325Freedom of Expression and Information in the Time of Globalization
Inst. for Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS GU4235The Novel and Neuroscience
Inst. for Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS GU4810Theories of the Subject
Earth and Environmental SciencesEESC GU4524Biogeochemistry
East Asian Languages and CulturesTIBT UN2710Advanced Literary Tibetan
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3343Japanese Contemporary Cinema and Media Culture
East Asian Languages and CulturesJPNS UN3401Japanese Pop Culture
East Asian Languages and CulturesVIET GU4101MIXED ADVANCED VIETNAMESE I
East Asian Languages and CulturesCHNS GU4112ADVANCED BUSINESS CHINESE
East Asian Languages and CulturesEARL GU4410TIBETAN MONASTIC INSTITUTIONS
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4236CHINA'S LONG 1980's: INTERROGATING THE CULTURAL POLITICS
East Asian Languages and CulturesEARL GU4510Asia Goes To Hell
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3018DESPAIR AND APOCALYPSE IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3032Pope
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3475Aestheticism: Art and Life
English and Comparative LiteratureCLEN UN3564Dostoevsky and Nabokov: Narratives of Transgression and Madness
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3648Comics, Health, and Embodiment
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3805The Political Novel
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3728American Transcendentalism
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4232TRADE AND TRAFFIC WITH EARLY MODERN ENGLAND
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4812Conquests, Colonialism, and the Normans
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4836BLACK LITERATURE AND VISUAL ART: STUDIES IN COLLABORATION
FrenchFREN GU4421 The Caribbean Digital
FrenchCLFR GU4500Pandemics in Francophone Literature and History
Germanic LanguagesCLGR UN3000Grimms' Fairy Tales: Power, Gender & Narrative
Germanic LanguagesCLGR GU4000Literature and Rhetoric (in German and English)
HistoryHIST UN2003Empire & Nation-Building East Central Europe
HistoryHIST UN2883The History of the End of the World
HistoryHIST UN3023Mobility and Identity in the Roman World
HistoryHIST UN3234The Idea of Conspiracy in European Culture
HistoryHIST UN2565American History at the Movies
HistoryHIST UN3241Global Urban History of Housing Justice
HistoryHIST UN3272Modern Southeast Asian History
HistoryHIST GU4229POLITICS & SEXUALITY IN THE COLD WAR
HistoryHIST GU4438POLITICAL HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICA
HistoryHIST GU4692Violence in Mexico: A Historical Approach
HistoryHIST GU4693WRITERS ON HISTORY: THOMAS MANN
HistoryHIST GU4812The People’s Republic of China and the World
HistoryHIST GU4926Spatial History Lab
HistoryHIST GU4927Mapping 19th Century New York
HistoryHIST GU4943MODERN BALKAN HISTORIES
HistoryHIST GU4945SPORT & SOCIETY IN EASTERN EUROPE
ItalianITAL UN3643History of Italian Cinema
ItalianCLIA GU4023Travel Literature in and from the Mediterranean 18th-19th centuries
Jewish StudiesJWST GU4538History of Jews in the Islamic World in Modern Times
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN UN3366Unseen Things: Fantastic Narratives in Contemporary Spain
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN UN3887The End of Monuments
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN UN3888Women Without Measure: Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art
Latin American and Iberian CulturesPORT GU4033Language & Queer Brazil (ENG)
Latin American and Iberian CulturesPORT GU4466The Imaginaries of Asia and Latin America
LinguisticsLING UN3103Language, Brain and Mind
MathematicsMATH GU4200MATHEMATICS AND THE HUMANITIES
MathematicsMATH GU4391INTRO TO QUANTUM MECHANICS
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES UN3421Islamic Central Asia
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES UN3422Infrastructure Matters: Development, Environment, Political Struggle
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES GU4265Ṣūfism, Sharīʿa, and Politics
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES GU4629Transregional
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES GU4713Persian for Heritage Speakers I
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES GU4718Persian Poetry (In Translation)
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES GU4915A History of African Cities
MusicMUSI UN3431Sensing the Amazon: Song, Sound & Image
MusicMUSI GU4108Critical Approaches to Opera Studies
PhysicsSCNC UN3002Chernobyl
Political SciencePOLS UN3534AUTOCRACY AND DEMOCRACY
Political SciencePOLS UN3704RESEARCH DESIGN: DATA ANALYSIS
Political SciencePOLS GU4423ELITES & INSTITUTIONS
Political SciencePOLS GU4700MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE
Political SciencePOLS GU4813International Conflict Experts
Political SciencePOLS GU4814 Civil and Ethnic War
PsychologyPSYC GU4202Theories of Change in Human Development
PsychologyPSYC GU4282The Neurobiology and Psychology of Play
PsychologyPSYC GU4612Frontiers of Justice
PsychologyPSYC GU4930Fundamentals of Human Brain Imaging: from theory to practice
Public HealthPUBH UN3400Data Science and Health Equity in New York City
ReligionRELI UN1320Losing My Religion
ReligionRELI UN2312Religion and Nasty Women
ReligionRELI UN2506 From Exodus to Coronavirus: Scriptures/Narratives Religious Responses to Epidemics
ReligionRELI UN3207In the Margins of the Middle Ages: Religious Minorities in the Medieval Latin West
ReligionRELI UN3208Aaahh Real Monsters: Critical Monster Studies
ReligionRELI UN3232Museums and Sacred Things
ReligionRELI GU4207Religion and the Afro-Native Experience
ReligionRELI GU4209Religion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary Black America
ReligionRELI GU4213Islam and the Secular: Rethinking Concepts of Religion in North-Western Africa
ReligionRELI GU4222Heidegger and Derrida
ReligionRELI GU4307BUDDHISM & DAOISM IN CHINA
ReligionRELI GU4417Recovering Place
SociologySOCI UN3120Trust and Mistrust in Science and Expertise
SociologySOCI UN3677The Organization of Diversity
SociologySOCI UN3966The News: The Profession of Journalism Goes Digital
SociologySOCI GU4801Israel and the Palestinians
Slavic LanguagesCLRS GU4213Cold War Reason: Cybernetics and the Systems Sciences
TwiTWI UN2101Intermediate Twi I
Visual ArtsVIAR UN3134Painting: Color, Materials and Techniques
Women's StudiesWMST UN3225TRANSGENDER STUDIES - THEMES AND TOPICS
Women's StudiesWMST UN3265Queer & Trans Migration
Women's StudiesWMST GU4235Indigenous Feminisms

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!