Global Core Requirement

Chair of the Global Core Requirement
Prof. Patricia Grieve
302 Casa Hispánica
212-854-4338
peg1@columbia.edu

General Information
Office of Academic Planning and Administration
202 Hamilton
212-851-9814
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Global Core Requirement Website

The Global Core requirement asks students to engage directly with the variety of civilizations and the diversity of traditions that, along with the West, have formed the world and continue to interact in it today. Courses in the Global Core typically explore the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East in an historical context. These courses are organized around a set of primary materials produced in these traditions and may draw from texts or other forms of media, as well as from oral sources or performance, broadly defined.

Global Core courses fall into two categories, and can be, on occasion, a hybrid of the two types: those with a comparative, multidisciplinary, or interdisciplinary focus on specific cultures or civilizations, tracing their existence across a significant span of time, and may include Europe and/or the U.S.; and those that address a common theme or set of analytic questions comparatively (and may include Europe and the U.S.). The Global Core requirement consists of courses that examine areas not the primary focus of Literature Humanities and Contemporary Civilization and that, like other Core courses, are broadly introductory, interdisciplinary, and temporally and/or spatially expansive.

Students must complete two courses from the approved list of Global Core courses for a letter grade.

Fall 2017 Approved Courses

As Fall 2017 schedules become available, more courses will be added to this list. Please check back for additional updates.  Last updated on April 17, 2017.

African-American Studies
AFAS UN1001Introduction to African-American Studies
Anthropology (ANTH)
ANTH UN2031Corpse Life: Anthropological Histories of the Dead [Previously Archaeologies of Death and (Effective beginning Fall 2017)
ANTH UN3933Arabia Imagined
ANHS GU4001The Ancient Empires
Art History and Archaeology (AHIS), (AHUM)
AHIS UN2600Arts of China
AHUM UN2604Art In China, Japan, and Korea
AHUM UN2901Masterpieces of Indian Art and Architecture
Center for the Core Curriculum
AFCV UN1020African Civilizations
LACV UN1020Primary Texts of Latin American Civilization
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
CSER UN1010Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
CSER UN3922Asian American Cinema
CSER UN3926Latin Music and Identity
CSER UN3928Colonization/Decolonization
Classics
CSGM UN3567Thessaloniki Down the Ages
CPLS UN3454Blood/Lust: Staging the Early Modern Mediterranean [in English]
GRKM UN3935Hellenism and the Topographical Imagination (Effective beginning Fall 2017; formerly GRKM UN3920 "The World Responds to the Greeks")
Colloquia and Interdepartmental Seminars
INSM UN3920Nobility and Civility
East Asian Languages and Cultures
ASCE UN1002Introduction to Major Topics in Asian Civilizations: East Asia
ASCE UN1359Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: China
ASCE UN1361Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Japan
ASCE UN1365Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Tibet
ASCM UN2003Introduction to Islamic Civilization
AHUM UN1400Colloquium on Major Texts: East Asia
AHUM UN3830Colloquium On Modern East Asian Texts
EAAS GU4277Japanese Anime and Beyond: Gender, Power and Transnational Media
EAAS UN3322East Asian Cinema
EARL GU4310Life-Writing in Tibetan Buddhist Literature
HSEA GU4880History of Modern China I
Economics
ECON GU4325Economic Organization and Development of Japan
French and Romance Philology
CLFR UN3716Francophone Romance : Love and Desire in French Colonial and Post-Colonial Literatures (Effective beginning Fall 2017 semester)
German
GERM UN3780Berlin/Istanbul: Migration, Culture, Values (GER)
History
HIST UN2618The Modern Caribbean (formerly HIST W3618)
HIST UN2660Latin American Civilization I
HIST UN2719History of the Modern Middle East (formerly HIST W3719)
HIST UN2764History of East Africa: Early Time to the Present (Effective beginning Spring 2014: formerly HIST W3764)
HSME UN2810History of South Asia I: al-Hind to Hindustan (formerly HIST W3810)
Italian
ITAL GU4022The Qur'an in Europe (Effective beginning Fall 2017)
Latin American and Iberian Cultures
SPAN UN3349Hispanic Cultures I: Islamic Spain through the Colonial Period
SPAN UN3350Hispanic Cultures II: Enlightenment to the Present
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
ASCM UN2003 Introduction to Islamic Civilization
ASCM UN2357Introduction to Indian Civilization
MDES UN3000Theory and Culture
CLME UN3928Arabic Prison Writing
Music
AHMM UN3321Introduction To the Musics of India and West Asia (formerly THTR UN300)
Religion
RELI UN2205Buddhism: Indo-Tibetan
RELI UN2305Islam
RELI UN2308Buddhism: East Asian
RELI UN3407Muslims in Diaspora
Slavic Languages and Cultures
SLCL UN3001Slavic Cultures
CLRS GU4022Russia and Asia: Orientalism, Eurasianism, Internationalism (Effective beginning Spring 2015)
Sociology
SOCI UN3324Global Urbanism
Theatre
THTR UN3154Theatre Traditions in a Global Context (formerly THTR UN3000)

Summer 2017 Approved Courses

As Summer 2017 schedules become available, more courses will be added to this list. Please check back for additional updates.  Last updated on April 17, 2017.

Art History and Archaeology (AHUM)
AHUM S3340QArts of China, Japan, and Korea
Comparative Literature-English (CLEN)
CLEN S3851DHuman Rights in World Literature and Visual Culture
Comparative Literature-Modern Greek (CLGM)
CLGM S3920DThe World Responds to the Greeks
East Asian Languages and Cultures (AHUM)
AHUM S1400DColloquium on Major Texts: East Asia (formerly AHUM S3400)
Film
FILM S2295QWorld Cinema: Mexico (Effective beginning Summer 2017)
French and Romance Philology (MENA)
OC4100:Maghreb-Mashrek: East and West
This course is taught abroad, as part of the Columbia in Amman and Paris: Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENA) Summer Program. For application info, visit the Office of Global Programs website: http://ogp.columbia.edu/
History (HIST)
HIST S3803QThe Worlds of Mughal India
HIST S4779DAfrica and France
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
LCRS OC3501 Latin American Cities (Effective beginning Summer 2017)
Music (MUSI)
MUSI S2400DMusic and the Indigenous Experience in North America
Political Science (POLS)
POLS OC3545Comparative Democratic Politics (This course is taught abroad, as part of the Columbia Program in Tunis and Istanbul: Democracy and Constitutional Engineering. For application info, visit the Office of Global Programs website: http://ogp.columbia.edu/)
Religion (RELI)
RELI S2308QBuddhism: East Asian
RELI S2305DIslam
RELI S2335DReligion in Black America: An Introduction

Spring 2017 Approved Courses

As Spring 2017 schedules become available, more courses will be added to this list. Please check back for additional updates.  Last updated on April 13, 2017.

African-American Studies
AFAS UN1001Introduction to African-American Studies
Anthropology
ANTH UN1008The Rise of Civilization
ANTH UN3300Pre-Columbian Histories of Native America
Art History and Archaeology
AHUM UN2604Art In China, Japan, and Korea
AHUM UN2802Arts of Islam: Realignments of Empire and State (Effective Spring 2017)
AHUM UN2901Masterpieces of Indian Art and Architecture
AHIS UN3501African Art: The Next Generation. Focus: Congo (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
Center for the Core Curriculum
AFCV UN1020African Civilizations
LACV UN1020Primary Texts of Latin American Civilization
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
CSER W3510Novels of Immigration, Relocation, and Diaspora (Also offered as ENGL GU4650, effective Spring 2017)
CSER UN3928Colonization/Decolonization
Classics
CLCV UN3059WORLDS OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
CSGM UN3567Thessaloniki Down the Ages (Effective Spring 2017)
GRKM UN3920 The World Responds to the Greeks Effective beginning Spring 2017 semester
Colloquia and Interdepartmental Seminars
INSM W3921Nobility and Civility II
Comparative Literature and Society
CPLS GU4111World Philology (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
East Asian languages and Cultures
ASCE UN1359Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: China
ASCE UN1361Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Japan
AHUM UN1400Colloquium on Major Texts: East Asia
EAAS UN3322East Asian Cinema (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
EAAS GU4277Japanese Anime and Beyond: Gender, Power and Transnational Media
HSEA GU4822Troubled Islands of the Indo Pacific (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
English and Comparative Literature
ENGL GU4650Novels of Immigration, Relocation, Diaspora (Formerly offered as ENGL W3510)
History
HIST UN2377INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL HISTORY SINCE WWII (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
HIST UN2444The Vietnam War (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
HIST UN2661Modern Latin American History (Latin American Civilization II)
HIST UN2811South Asia: Empire and Its Aftermath
HIST UN3152Byzantine Encounters in the Mediterranean and the Middle East (Taught on Morningside going forward, effective Spring 2017)
HIST UN3779Africa and France
Latin American and Iberian Cultures
SPAN UN3349Hispanic Cultures I: Islamic Spain through the Colonial Period
SPAN UN3350Hispanic Cultures II: Enlightenment to the Present
PORT UN3350Lusophone Africa and Afro Brazilian Culture
SPAN UN3361Artistic Humanity (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
LCRS UN3500Latin American Cities (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
AHUM UN1399Major Texts: Middle East/India (formerly AHUM UN3399, new course number effective Spring 2017)
ASCM UN2008Contemporary Islamic Civilization
MDES UN3121Literature and Cultures of Struggle in South Africa (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
MDES UN3260Rethinking Middle East Politics (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
CLME GU4231Cold War Arab Culture (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
CLME GU4241Sufism: Primary Texts and Contexts
MDES GU4150Introduction to African Philosophy (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
Music
AHMM UN3320Introduction To the Musics of East Asia and Southeast Asia
MUSI GU4466Sound and Image in Modern East Asian Music (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
Religion
RELI UN2307Chinese Religious Traditions
RELI UN3303Judaism and Translation in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
RELI UN3511Tantra in South Asia, East Asia the West
Slavic Languages
GEOR GU4042Cultural History: A Georgian Case Study (Effective beginning Spring 2017)

All Approved Courses: Morningside Campus

Not all courses are taught each academic year. Below is the full list of all courses offered on the Morningside Heights campus that are approved for the Global Core Requirement, regardless of semester offered. Last updated on April 17, 2017.

African-American Studies
AFAS UN1001Introduction to African-American Studies
Anthropology
ANTH UN1008The Rise of Civilization
ANTH V1130Africa and the Anthropologist
ANTH V2013Africa in the 21st Century: Aesthetics, Culture, Politics
ANTH V2014Archaeology and Africa: Changing Perceptions of the African Past
ANTH V2020Chinese Strategies: Cultures in Practice
ANTH V2027Changing East Asia Foodways
ANTH UN2031Corpse Life: Anthropological Histories of the Dead [Previously Archaeologies of Death and (Effective beginning Fall 2017)
ANTH V2035Introduction to the Anthropology of South Asia
ANTH V2100Muslim Societies
ANTH UN3300Pre-Columbian Histories of Native America
ANTH V3465Women and Gender Politics in the Muslim World
ANTH V3525Introduction to South Asian History and Culture
ANTH UN3821Native America
ANTH V3892Contemporary Central Asia (formerly ANTH V2029)
ANTH UN3933Arabia Imagined
ANTH V3947Text, Magic, Performance
ANHS GU4001The Ancient Empires
ANTH G4065Archaeology of Idols
Art History and Archaeology
AHIS UN2600Arts of China
AHIS UN2500The Arts of Africa
AHUM UN2604Art In China, Japan, and Korea
AHUM UN2802Arts of Islam: Realignments of Empire and State (Effective Spring 2017)
AHUM UN2901Masterpieces of Indian Art and Architecture
AHIS W3500Yoruba and the Diaspora (Effective beginning Fall 2014; formerly AHIS W3898)
AHIS UN3501African Art: The Next Generation. Focus: Congo (Effective Spring 2017)
AHIS Q4570Andean Art and Architecture (formerly AHIS G4085)
AHIS W3832Sacred Landscapes of the Ancient Andes (Effective beginning Spring 2016)
Center for the Core Curriculum
AFCV UN1020African Civilizations
LACV UN1020Primary Texts of Latin American Civilization
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
CSER UN1010Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
CSER W1601Introduction to Latino/a Studies
CSER W3510Novels of Immigration, Relocation, and Diaspora (Also offered as ENGL GU4650, effective Spring 2017)
CSER UN3922Asian American Cinema
CSER UN3926Latin Music and Identity
CSER UN3928Colonization/Decolonization
CSER W3961 (Wealth and Poverty in America)
Classics
CLCV UN3059WORLDS OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
CLCV W3111Plato and Confucius: Comparative Ancient Philosophies (Effective beginning Spring 2015)
CLCV W3244Global Histories of the Book (Effective beginning Fall 2015)
CSGM UN3567Thessaloniki Down the Ages (Effective Spring 2017)
GRKM UN3935Hellenism and the Topographical Imagination (formerly GRKM UN3920 "The World Responds to the Greeks")
Colloquia and Interdepartmental Seminars
INSM UN3920Nobility and Civility
INSM W3921Nobility and Civility II
INSM C3940Science Across Cultures
INSM W3950Friendship in Asian and Western Civilization
Comparative Literature and Society
CPLS W3333East/West Frametale Narratives
CLGM V3920The World Responds to the Greeks: Greece Faces East
CPLS W3945Transnational Memory Politics and the Culture of Human Rights (Effective beginning Spring 2014)
CPLS W3955The West in Global Thought
CPLS W3956Postcolonial Narrative and the Limits of the Human
CPLS W4100Andalusian Symbiosis: Islam and the West (Effective beginning Fall 2014)
CPLS GU4111World Philology (Effective Spring 2017)
East Asian Languages and Cultures
ASCE UN1002Introduction to Major Topics in Asian Civilizations: East Asia
ASCE UN1359Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: China
ASCE UN1361Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Japan
ASCE UN1363Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Korea
ASCE UN1365Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Tibet
EAAS UN2342Mythology of East Asia
EAAS UN3322East Asian Cinema (Effective Spring 2017)
EAAS V3350Japanese Fiction and Film (Effective beginning Fall 2014)
AHUM UN1400Colloquium on Major Texts: East Asia
AHUM UN3830Colloquium On Modern East Asian Texts
HSEA GU4880History of Modern China I
EAAS UN3927China in the Modern World
EARL W4127Mediations, Perceptions, Words: Poetry in Buddhist Literature (Effective beginning Spring 2016)
EAAS W4160Cultures of Colonial Korea (Effective beginning Spring 2014; formerly EAAS G4160)
EAAS GU4277Japanese Anime and Beyond: Gender, Power and Transnational Media
EARL GU4310Life-Writing in Tibetan Buddhist Literature
HSEA GU4822Troubled Islands of the Indo Pacific (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
HSEA W4866Competing Nationalisms in East Asia: Representing Chinese and Tibetan Relations in History (Effective beginning Fall 2015)
HSEA Q3870Japan Before 1600 (Effective beginning Spring 2015; formerly HSEA W4870)
Economics
ECON GU4325Economic Organization and Development of Japan
English and Comparative Literature
CLEN W4200Caribbean Diaspora Literature
ENGL GU4650Novels of Immigration, Relocation, Diaspora (formerly ENGL W3510)
Film Studies
FILM S2295QWorld Cinema: Mexico (Effective beginning Summer 2017)
French and Romance Philology
CLFR UN3716Francophone Romance : Love and Desire in French Colonial and Post-Colonial Literatures
Germanic Languages
GERM UN3780Berlin/Istanbul: Migration, Culture, Values (GER)
History
HIST W1004Ancient History of Egypt (Effective beginning Spring 2015)
HIST W1054Introduction to Byzantine History (Effective beginning Spring 2016)
HIST UN2377INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL HISTORY SINCE WWII (Effective Spring 2017)
HIST UN2444The Vietnam War (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
HIST UN2618The Modern Caribbean
HIST UN2657Medieval Jewish Cultures (formerly HIST W3657)
HIST UN2660Latin American Civilization I
HIST UN2661Modern Latin American History (Latin American Civilization II)
HIST W2701Ottoman Empire (formerly HIST W3701)
HIST UN2719History of the Modern Middle East (formerly HIST W3719)
HIST UN2764History of East Africa: Early Time to the Present
HIST W2772West African History (formerly HIST W3772)
HIST W2880Gandhi's India (formerly HIST W3800)
HIST W2803The Worlds of Mughal India (Effective beginning Spring 2014; formerly HIST W3803)
HSME UN2810History of South Asia I: al-Hind to Hindustan (formerly HSME W3810)
HIST UN2811South Asia: Empire and Its Aftermath
HIST UN3152Byzantine Encounters in the Mediterranean and the Middle East (Taught on Morningside going forward, effective Spring 2017)
HIST UN3766African Futures (Effective beginning Fall 2017)
HSEA UN3898The Mongols in History
HIST Q2900History of the World to 1450 CE (formerly HIST W3902)
HIST W2903History of the World from 1450 CE to the Present (Effective beginning Fall 2013; formerly HIST W2903)
HIST W2943Cultures of Empire (formerly HIST W3943)
HIST Q3933Empires and Cultures of the Early Modern Atlantic World (Effective only for Spring 2014; formerly HIST W4103)
HIST Q3400Native American History (formerly HIST W4404)
HIST W4601Jews in the Later Roman Empire, 300-600 CE (Effective beginning Fall 2014)
HIST W3678Indigenous Worlds in Early Latin America (formerly HIST W4678)
HIST UN3779Africa and France
Italian
ITAL GU4022The Qur'an in Europe (Effective beginning Fall 2017)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
LCRS UN3500Latin American Cities (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
Latin American and Iberian Cultures
SPAN UN3349Hispanic Cultures I: Islamic Spain through the Colonial Period
PORT UN3350Lusophone Africa and Afro Brazilian Culture
SPAN UN3350Hispanic Cultures II: Enlightenment to the Present
SPAN UN3361Artistic Humanity (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
SPAN W3490Latin American Humanities I: From Pre-Columbian Civilizations to the Creation of New Nations
SPAN W3491Latin American Humanities II: From Modernity to the Present [In English]
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
AHUM UN1399Major Texts: Middle East/India (formerly AHUM UN3399, new course number effective Spring 2017)
ASCM V2001Introduction to Major Topics in the Civilizations of the Middle East and India
ASCM UN2003Introduction to Islamic Civilization
ASCM UN2008Contemporary Islamic Civilization
MDES W2030Major Debates in the Study of Africa (Effective beginning Spring 2014; formerly ANTH V2010)
MDES W2041Introduction to Indian Philosophy (Effective beginning Spring 2015)
ASCM UN2357Introduction to Indian Civilization
MDES W2650Gandhi and His Interlocutors (Effective beginning Spring 2015)
MDES UN3000Theory and Culture
CLME W3032Colonialism: Film, Fiction, History Theory
MDES UN3121Literature and Cultures of Struggle in South Africa (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
MDES UN3130East Africa and the Swahili Coast
MDES UN3260Rethinking Middle East Politics (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
MDES W3445Societies Cultures Across the Indian Ocean (Effective beginning Fall 2013)
CLME UN3928Arabic Prison Writing
CLME W4031
MDES G4052Locating Africa in the Early 20th Century World
MDES GU4150Introduction to African Philosophy (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
CLME GU4231Cold War Arab Culture
CLME GU4241Sufism: Primary Texts and Contexts
CLME G4261Popular Islam: Asia and Africa
MDES G4326The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust: Memory and Representation
Music
MUSI V2020Salsa, Soca, and Reggae: Popular Musics of the Caribbean
MUSI V2430Listening and Sound in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Effective beginning Fall 2014; formerly MUSI W4430)
AHMM UN3320Introduction To the Musics of East Asia and Southeast Asia
AHMM UN3321Introduction To the Musics of India and West Asia
MUSI GU4466Sound and Image in Modern East Asian Music (Effective Spring 2017)
Religion
RELI UN2205Buddhism: Indo-Tibetan (effective Fall 2016)
RELI UN2305Islam
RELI UN2308Buddhism: East Asian
RELI UN3303Judaism and Translation in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean (effective Spring 2017)
RELI V2309Hinduism (formerly RELI V2205)
RELI UN2307Chinese Religious Traditions
RELI V2335Religion in Black America: An Introduction (formerly RELI V2645)
RELI UN3407Muslims in Diaspora (Effective beginning Spring 2016; formerly RELI V3307)
RELI UN3425Judaism and Courtly Literature in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia and Italy (Effective beginning Fall 2016 )
RELI Q3511Tantra in South Asia, East Asia the West (Effective beginning Spring 2015; formerly RELI V3411)
Slavic Languages
SLCL UN3001Slavic Cultures
CLRS W4022Russia and Asia: Orientalism, Eurasianism, Internationalism (Effective beginning Spring 2015)
GEOR GU4042Cultural History: A Georgian Case Study (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
CLRS W4190Race, Ethnicity, and Narrative, in the Russian/Soviet Empire
Sociology
SOCI UN3324Global Urbanism
Theatre
THTR UN3154Theatre Traditions in a Global Context (formerly THTR UN3000)

All Approved Courses: Offered Abroad

Not all courses are taught each academic year. Below is the full list of all courses offered abroad through Columbia-sponsored programs that are approved for the Global Core Requirement, regardless of semester offered. For more information, consult the Office of Global Programs. Last updated on April 14, 2017.

Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
CSER OC3928Colonization/Decolonization (Effective beginning Summer 2017; taught in Mexico City)
Columbia in Amman and Paris: Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENA) Program
MENA OC4100Migration, Displacement and Diaspora in the French and North African Context (taught in Paris, effective beginning Summer2017) (formerly Maghreb-Mashrek: East and West)
Columbia Global Seminar in Istanbul
Not offered during the Spring 2017 semester
CLGM OC3920The World Responds to the Greeks: Modernity, Postmodernity, Globality (Effective beginning Spring 2015; taught in Istanbul)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Global Scholars Program)
LCRS OC3501 Latin American Cities (Effective beginning Summer 2017)
Columbia Summer Program in Tunis and Istanbul: Democracy and Constitutional Engineering
Not offered during the Spring 2017 semester
POLS OC3545Comparative Democratic Processes (Effective beginning Summer 2015; taught in Istanbul)
Slavic Languages - Office of Global Programs
Not offered during the Spring 2017 semester
CLSL OC4001The Muslim and the Christian in Balkan Narratives (Effective beginning Summer 2016; taught in Istanbul)
Reid Hall in Paris
FREN OC3817Black Paris (Effective Spring 2017; taught in Paris)
WMST OC3550Women and Society - The Sex Trade Economy (Effective Spring 2016, will be offered again Spring 2017; taught in Paris)