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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: 2022-2023

  • Co-Chair: Dean Josef Sorett, Dean of Columbia College
  • Co-Chair: Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean of the School of General Studies
  • Professor Stuart Firestein, Department of Biological Studies
  • Professor Robert Hymes, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Professor Seth Kimmel, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
  • Associate Professor Dorothea Lasky, School of the Arts
  • Professor Qingmin Liu, Department of Economics
  • 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 Caterina Pizzigoni, Department of History
  • Professor Laurie Postlewate, Barnard College
  • Professor Valerie Purdie-Greenaway, Department of Psychology
  • Professor Jill Shapiro, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
  • Professor Robert Shapiro, Department of Political Science
  • Professor Teresa Sharpe, Department of Sociology
  • Professor Katja Vogt, Department of Philosophy
Student Representatives:
  • Olivia Choi, Columbia College '23
  • Kevin Ye, Columbia College '24
  • James Harvey Elliott, General Studies '24
  • Elena Flack, General Studies '23
Ex-Officio:
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Caroline Marvin, 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, Senior Associate Director, Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Mandeep Singh, Assistant Director, Academic Affairs, School of General Studies

Newly Approved Courses

The following new courses have been approved for Spring 2023. 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.

Spring 2023 Last updated January 17, 2023.

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
African American StudiesAFAS UN1003 Blackness and Frenchness: A Radical Geneaology
Art HistoryAHIS UN2409Architecture, 1750-1890
Art HIstoryAHIS UN3237Art and Architecture of Medieval Germany
Art History AHIS UN2425Visual Activism
Art HistoryAHIS UN3456Picturing People: Photography & the Body
Art HistoryAHIS UN3622Modern East Asia in a Global Context
Art HistoryAHIS UN3791Epic History: The Rama Story in Visual Art
Art HistoryAHIS GU4093Sacred Space in South Asia
Art HistoryAHIS GU4514 Greek Myths Italy: Images, Contexts, Functions
Art HistoryAHIS GU4538The Fragment
Art HIstoryAHIS GU4940Postwar American Architecture 1945-1970
AnthropologyANTH UN3356Earth Works: Anthropology, Art History, Extraction
AnthropologyANTH UN3604As If: Anthropologies of the Future
AnthropologyANTH UN3703Climate Change and Colonialism
AnthropologyANTH GU4108Film at Low Temperatures: Cinemas of the Arctic
AnthropologyANTH GU4355Weaving Seminar
BiochemistryBIOC GUI4511Biochemistry I - Structure and Metabolism
BiologyBIOL UN1440Diversity and You
BiologyBIOL GU4088Seminar in Neurochemistry and Neurological Diseases
BiologyBIOL GU4777From Curiosity to Cure - Case Studies in Cool Biochemistry
ClassicsCLCV UN1002Rise and Fall of Ancient Greek Civilization
ClassicsGRKM UN3070Picturing Antigone
ClassicsCLCV UN3080Gendered Mythology and its Reception
Committee on Global ThoughtCGTH UN3600Approaches to Global Thought
Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS GU4162Transnational Feminisms - China and Beyond
Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS GU4241Climate and Pandemic
Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS GU4250Exhaustion and Idleness in Literature and Medicine
Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS GU4750Possession: On Losing Ourselves
Earth and Environmental SciencesEESC GU4560The Ecology of Treeline in Changing Climate
East Asian Languages and CulturesKORN UN2222Accelerated Korean for Heritage Speakers II
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3114 Chinese Theater and Drama Traditions
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3626Hong Kong Martial Arts Cinema and Beyond
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA UN3773Music in Premodern China
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4260Literature, Printing, and Visual Culture in 16th - 20th Century China
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4270Vietnam and Korea: From the American Wars to K-Pop/V-Pop
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4417Disability and Corporeality in Modern Japanese Literature and Media Culture
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA GU4329Warfare and the Making of Modern Asia
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA GU4542The History of the Samurai
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4615Tibetan Rivers and Roads: Infrastructure, Environment, and Urban Lives
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA GU4631History of Medicine, Healing, and the Body in China
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA GU4735Climate History of the Tibetan Plateau
East Asian Languages and CulturesHSEA GU4818Asian Mobilities
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental BiologyEEEB GU4105Intermediate Statistics for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental BiologyEEEB GU4370Parenting Like a Primate: The Evolution of Parental Care
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental BiologyEEEB GU4605Human - Wildlife Conflict
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3038Writing Medieval Illness
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3289Jazz Fictions
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3384Sanctity in Medieval Literature
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3434Refugees, Migrants, and the Making of Contemporary Europe
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3468Love and Death in 19th American Literature
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3486Out of Her Mind: American Women Writing, 1630-1930
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3568True Crime: Fact and Feeling, 1927-Present
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3678Trade and Traffic with Early Modern England
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3694American Literature: Between Natural History and "Leave No Trace"
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3748Modern Western Drama and History of Aging
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3814Law's Stories: A Creative Nonfiction Workshop
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3827Happily Ever After (?): Fantasies of Nineteenth-Century Romance
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL UN3849Psychedelic Humanities
English and Comparative LiteratureENGL GU4412The Brontes
English and Comparative LiteratureENTA GU4626The Modernist Body
English and Comparative LiteratureENFR GU4812James/Proust
Ethnicity and Race StudiesCSER UN3306Indigeneity of the South
Ethnicity and Race StudiesCSER GU4004Data, Race, Ethics, and Justice
Ethnicity and Race StudiesCSER GU4005Abolition: Theory and Practice
Ethnicity and Race StudiesCSER GU4006History of Childhood in the Americas
Ethnicity and Race StudiesCSER GU4007Latinx Environmental Justice: Research in History
Ethnicity and Race StudiesCSER GU4008Caribbean Hauntings: From Conquests to New Grammars
FrenchFREN OC3723The Rise of Tech Politics
FrenchFREN OC3724Elites, Privilege, Inequalities
FrenchFREN GU4423Cosmology Medieval Literature
Germanic LanguagesGERM UN3146German-Jewish Writing: At the Heel
Germanic LanguagesGERM UN3991Advanced Topics in German Literature: Writing Travel
Haitian KreyolKREY OC2102Intermediate Haitian Kreyol II
HistoryHIST UN2498The Carceral United States
HistoryHIST UN2972Unsettling Science
HistoryHIST UN3386The Global First World War
HistoryHIST UN3387Beyond Capitalism
HistoryHIST GU4389Stalinism
HistoryHIST GU4395Decolonizing Europe
HistoryHIST GU4501History of the Climate Crisis
HistoryHIST GU4655Indigenous Peoples and Wars of National Expansion. Comparative Borderlands of Patagonia, 19th Century
HistoryHIST GU4933American Radicalism in the Archives
HistoryHIST GU4940History of the Arctic and Its Climate
HistoryHIST GU4954Visualizing History: Photography in Conflicts and Crisis
HistoryHIST GU4967Environmental History of Central Eurasia
Human RightsHRTS GU4460Climate Justice
Human RightsHRTS GU4760Transitional Justice in the Global South: Theory and Practice
Jewish StudiesJWST GU4147Between Tradition and Innovation: Readings in Hasidic History and Literature
Jewish StudiesJWST GU4600History of Modern Israel
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN UN1108Elementary Spanish for Heritage Speakers
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN UN3892Dissent and Culture in 20th-Century Spain
LinguisticsLING GU4022Word and Grammar
MathematicsMATH UN3995Senior Thesis in Mathematics II
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES UN3264(Re)Framing the Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES UN3932Islam and the Politics of Modernity
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES GU4242From Syria to Spain: History of the Ummayads
PhilosophyPHIL UN3769Living, Dying, and the Meaning of Life
Political SciencePOLS GU4703Qualitative Methodologies
Political SciencePOLS UN3911Seminar in Political Theory: Parties, Elites, and Democracy: Transnational Debates in Political Theory (late 19th-early 21st century)
Political SciencePOLS UN3911Seminar in Political Theory: Theories of Political Action
Political SciencePOLS UN3921 American Politics Seminar: The Politics of American Policymaking
Political SciencePOLS UN3921American Politics Seminar: Public Opinion Research
Political SciencePOLS UN3951Comparative Politics Seminar: European Union Politics
Political SciencePOLS UN3951 Comparative Politics Seminar: Power, Organizations, and Institutions
Political SciencePOLS UN3961International Politics Seminar: American Foreign Policy
PsychologyPSYC UN2636Industrial-Organizational Psychology
PsychologyPSYC UN3260Bilingualism
PsychologyPSYC UN3266Psychology of Music
PsychologyPSYC UN3495Gene-Environment Interactions and Epigenetics
ReligionRELI UN3625Hippie Physics, Counterculture, Cyberculture
ReligionRELI GU4255Hegel, Information, "Artificial" Intelligence
ReligionRELI GU4565Women and Islam
Slavic LanguagesCLRS UN3315Laughing Through Tears: A History of the Comic in Russia and the USSR
Slavic LanguagesCLSL GU4012Holocaust Literature: Critical Thinking in Dark Times
Slavic LanguagesRUSS GU4057Andrey Plantonov's Novel: "Chevengur" and the History of Utopia
Slavic LanguagesRUSS GU4126 Remediating Protest: Transgressive Aesthetics in Soviet and Post- Soviet Culture
Slavic LanguagesRUSS GU4457Russian Propaganda in Domestic and Global Politics
SociologySOCI GU4004Ukrainian Activism and Protest Since 1990
Sustainable DevelopmentSDEV GU4600Special Topics in Sustainable Development and Climate: History of Soviet Climate Science
Visual ArtsVIAR UN2705Digital War Photography
Women's and Gender StudiesWMST GU4000Genealogies of Feminism: Artists, Workers, and Witches
WritingWRIT UN3032It's Complicated: Writing as a Relationship
WritingWRIT UN3131New Worlds in Writing and VR
WritingWRIT UN3225Life Stories
WritingWRIT UN3226Nonfiction-Ish
WritingWRIT UN3227True Crime

Fall 2022 Last updated June 30, 2022.

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMCOURSE NO. & DESIGNATORTITLE
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS UN3703Sin Autorizacion: Themes in Contemporary Cuban Art
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4517Hadrian's Villa: An Imperial Court and Its Spaces
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4728Digital Art History: New Methods for Studying European Medieval Architecture and Associated Arts
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4742African American Visual and Decorative Arts, 1650-1900
Art History and ArchaeologyAHIS GU4743Colonial Visual Systems: Constructing a "New World"
American StudiesAMST UN3937JOURNALISM AND DEMOCRACY: THE 2022 ELECTION
AnthropologyANTH UN1003The Environment
AnthropologyANTH UN3702Black/Life/Science
AnthropologyANTH UN3729Burning Down the House: Anthropology of Revolution
ClassicsCLCV UN1001Introduction to Greek Mythology
ClassicsCLCV UN3009Ancient Greek & Roman Medicine
ClassicsCLGM UN3450How to do Things with Queer Bodies
Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS UN3951Narratives for Living: Planetarity
Comparative Literature and SocietyCPLS UN3965Precision Medicine: Biological, Social, and Ethical Implications
Comparative Literature and SocietyCLPS GU4515RADICAL PSYCHOANALYSIS: INTRODUCING LAPLANCHE
East Asian Languages and CulturesKORN UN2221Accelerated Korean for Heritage Speakers I
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS UN3575Approaching Cities and Life in Chinese Cultural History
East Asian Languages and CulturesEAAS GU4425Women, Body, and Borders in Japanese Literature and Culture
EconomicsECON GU4630Climate Finance
EnglishENGL GU4239TROILUS & CRISEYDE AND ITS NEIGHBORS
EnglishENGL UN3351FAMILY FICTIONS: MEMOIR, FILM AND THE NOVEL
EnglishENGL UN3795SENIOR ESSAY RESEARCH METHODS
EnglishENGL UN3798ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL
EnglishENGL UN3898THE BILDUNGSROMAN: COMING OF AGE IN THE NOVEL
EnglishENGL GU4732PLACES FOR POETRY
EnglishENGL GU4879QUEER LITERATURE, CULTURE AND THEORY
EnglishENGL GU4933SPENSER
FrenchFREN UN3409INTRO TO FRENCH & FRANCOPHONE HISTORY
FrenchFREN UN3410INTRO TO FRENCH & FRANCOPHONE LITERATURE
FrenchCLFR UN3535Who Is Afraid of Contemporary Art? French and American Writers on Contemporary Art, from 1850 to Today
FrenchFREN GU4722Renaissance Culture Religion and Society
HistoryHIST UN2257Self-Determination and the Making of the Twentieth-Century World
HistoryHIST UN2671The Cold War in Latin America
HistoryHIST UN3502The Struggle for Indigenous Sovereignty in the Early American Republic
HistoryHIST UN3515Surveillance from KGB and NSA to Border Control
HistoryHIST UN3571Left and Right in American History
HistoryHIST UN3621Mass-Mediated Politics in Modern Latin America
HistoryHIST GU4213Crucibles of Modernity: Urban Space and Subjectivity in Europe’s Borderlands
HistoryHIST GU4277History of Urban Crime and Policing in Latin America in Global Perspective
HistoryHIST GU4397Nationalism and Revolution in Modern Ireland
HistoryHIST GU4403American Empire
HistoryHIST GU4571HIV and AIDS in Black America
HistoryHIST GU4622A Global History of Jewish Migration and the State
HistoryHIST GU4779AFRICAN FRANCE, FRENCH AFRICA
GermanGERM GU4141Race and Germany
ItalianITAL UN3342Business Italian and the Made in Italy Excellence: Learning Italian for trade and industry
ItalianCLIA GU4499Mediterranean Humanities I
Jewish StudiesJWST GU4511Political and Anti-Political Jews: Politics in Jewish Thought
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN UN3365Feminist Activisms: Genealogies, Spaces, Discourses
Latin American and Iberian CulturesPORT UN344419th-century Brazil
Latin American and Iberian CulturesSPAN UN3891What is an Exhibition? The Politics of Displaying Art in/from the Hispanic World
MathematicsMATH UN2005INTRODUCTION TO MATHEMATICS PROOFS
MathematicsMATH UN3994SENIOR THESIS IN MATHEMATICS I
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African StudiesMDES UN2012Finding Happiness: Readings in Arab-Islamic Texts
MusicMUSI UN3261Sound Synthesis Techniques and Creative Coding
PhilosophyPHIL UN3000BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY
PhilosophyPHIL UN3769LIVING, DYING, AND THE MEANING OF LIFE
PhilosophyPHIL UN3863HAPPINESS AND WELL-BEING
PhilosophyPHIL UN3912SEMINAR
Political SciencePOLS GU4801GRAND STRATEGY:THEORY, HISTORY & DEBATES
Political SciencePOLS GU4814GLOBAL ENERGY: SECURITY/GEOPOL
Political SciencePOLS UN3911 Seminar in Political Theory- Ethics of International Relations
PsychologyPSYC GU4491The Parental Brain
ReligionRELI UN3318Humor, Joy, and Happiness in Judaism
ReligionRELI GU4223Dreams
Slavic LanguagesRUSS UN3230Tricksters in World Culture: Mockery, Subversion, Rebellion
Slavic LanguagesCLRS GU4112Decadent Desires and the Russian Silver Age
Slavic LanguagesCLSL GU4011Experimental Cultures
SociologySOCI UN3276Race and Capitalism
SociologySOCI GU4124Status, Evaluation, and Inequality
StatisticsSTAT UN3293Topics in Modern Statistics
Sustainable DevelopmentSDEV GU4550The New York City Watershed: From Community Displacement to Collaboration and Climate Adaptation
Visual ArtsVIAR UN1702INTRO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Visual ArtsVIAR UN3100Archive Photography
Visual ArtsVIAR UN3422Printmaking on, through, & below the matrix
Visual ArtsVIAR GU4300Ways of Making: Special Topics
WritingWRIT UN3027Science Fiction Poetics
WritingWRIT UN3129Writing Nature in the Age of Climate Change
WritingWRIT UN3130The Punchline
WritingWRIT UN3321Ecopoetics
WritingWRIT UN3224Writing the Sixties
YiddishYIDD GU4995Exploring Yiddishland: Culture in Time and Space

Committee on the Core

The Committee on the Core (COC) is responsible for all matters regarding the Core Curriculum. Questions? Contact core-curriculum@columbia.edu.

Committee on the Core Members: 2022-2023

  • Josef Sorett, Dean of Columbia College
  • 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 Joseph Howley, Department of Classics, Chair of Literature Humanities
  • Professor Ivana Nikolic Hughes, Director of Frontiers of Science
  • Professor Carol Rovane, Department of Philosophy, Chair of Contemporary Civilization
  • Professor Benjamin Steege, Department of Music, Chair of Music Humanities
  • Professor Zoë Strother, 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:
  • Avi Adler, Columbia College '24
  • Sonia Svedahl, Columbia College '25
  • Josh Powell, General Studies '23
Ex-Officio:
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Larry Jackson, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum
  • Caroline Marvin, 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: 2022-2023

  • Chair: Professor Shahid Naeem, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
  • Professor Paul Blaer, Department of Computer Science
  • Professor Brian Cole, Department of Physics
  • Professor Julien Dubedat, Department of Mathematics
  • Professor Kevin Griffin, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor David Helfand, Frontiers of Science
  • Professor Kathryn Johnston, Department of Astronomy
  • Professor Jae Woo Lee, Department of Computer Science
  • Professor Jon Owen, Department of Chemistry
  • Professor Mary Putman, Department of Astronomy
  • Professor Guy Sella, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Professor Nim Tottenham, Department of Psychology
  • Professor Gabriel Young, Department of Statistics
Student Representatives:
  • Miriam Aziz, Columbia College '24
  • Darian Parker, General Studies '24
Ex-Officio:
  • Josef Sorett, Dean of Columbia College
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Ivana Nikolic Hughes, Director of Frontiers of Science
  • Caroline Marvin, Dean of Academic Affairs, General Studies
  • Larry Jackson, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum
  • Amy Kohn, Senior 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 the Global Core Members: 2022-2023

  • 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 Kevin Fellezs, Department of Music and Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies
  • Professor Frank Guridy, History and African American and African Diaspora Studies
  • Professor Mana Kia, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (on leave for AY 2022-2023)
  • Associate Professor David Lurie, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Professor Matthew McKelway, Art History and Archaeology (on leave for AY 2022-2023)
Student Representative:
  • Natalie Yang, Columbia College '23
  • Ysabella Titi, General Studies '23
Ex-Officio:
  • Josef Sorett, Dean of Columbia College
  • Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
  • Larry Jackson, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum
  • Shannon Marquez, Dean of Undergradauate Global Engagement
  • Caroline Marvin, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies