Global Core

The Global Core courses ask students to stand outside the Western tradition and encounter cultures that have flourished in other parts of the world, including Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East. Drawing on primary texts and artifacts—including texts, films, ritual performances, and oral sources—the offerings in the Global Core invite students to think deeply about the predicates and values of different societies and systems of belief.

Global Core courses fall into two categories: those that focus on a specific culture or civilization, tracing its appearance and/or existence across a significant span of time and sometimes across more than one present-day country or region, and those that address several world settings or cultures comparatively (which may include Europe and the West), in terms of a common theme, a set of analytic questions, or interactions between different world regions that are interdisciplinary, temporally or spatially expansive.

All GS students must complete two courses from the Global Core List of Approved Courses for a letter grade. Columbia students who study abroad in an approved program and who take a course that fulfills the aims of the Global Core may petition to have the course count toward the Global Core requirement.

Current Lists of Approved Global Core Courses

Fall 2019 Approved Courses

Last update: 9/5/19

African-American Studies
AFAS UN1001Introduction to African-American Studies
Anthropology
ANHS GU4001The Ancient Empires
Art History and Archaeology
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 UN3922Race and Representation in Asian American Cinema
CSER UN3926Latin Music and Identity
CSER UN3928Colonization/Decolonization
Classics
CLCV UN3059WORLDS OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT
GRKM UN3935Hellenism and the Topographical Imagination
Colloquia and Interdepartmental Seminars
INSM UN3920Nobility and Civility
Comparative Literature and Society
CPLS GU4111World Philology
Committee on Global Thought
CGTH UN3401Seminar in Global Thought: Inquiries into an Interconnected World
East Asian Languages and Cultures
ASCE UN1359Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: China
ASCE UN1361Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Japan
ASCE UN1365Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Tibet
ASCE UN1367Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Vietnam
AHUM UN1400Colloquium on Major Texts: East Asia
EAAS UN3322East Asian Cinema
EAAS UN3338Cultural History of Japanese Monsters
EAAS UN3844Culture, Health and Healing in East Asia
HSEA GU4880History of Modern China I
Economics
ECON GU4325Economic Organization and Development of Japan
Film
FILM UN2296Arab and African Filmmaking
French
CLFR GU4716FRANCOPHONE ROMANCE LOVE, SEX, INTIMACY IN THE FRENCH COLONIAL WORLD
Germanic Languages
GERM UN3780Berlin/Istanbul: Migration, Culture, Values (GER)
History
HIST UN2377INTERNATIONAL & GLOBAL HISTORY SINCE WWII
HIST UN2580THE HISTORY OF UNITED STATES RELATIONS WITH EAST ASIA
HIST UN2618The Modern Caribbean
HIST UN2719History of the Modern Middle East
HIST UN2772West African History
HSME UN2810History of South Asia I: al-Hind to Hindustan
Latin American and Iberian Cultures
SPJS UN3303Jewish Culture in Translation in Medieval Iberia
SPAN UN3349Hispanic Cultures I: Islamic Spain through the Colonial Period
SPAN UN3350Hispanic Cultures II: Enlightenment to the Present
Linguistics
LING UN3102Endangered Languages in the Global City: Lang, Culture, and Migration in Contempary NYC
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
AHUM UN1399Colloquium on Major Texts: Middle East and South Asia
ASCM UN2003Introduction to Islamic Civilization
ASCM UN2357Introduction to Indian Civilization
MDES UN2650Gandhi and His Interlocutors
MDES UN3000Theory and Culture
MDES UN3445Societies & Cultures Across the Indian Ocean
CLME UN3928Arabic Prison Writing
CLME GU4225New Millenium Challenges in Arabic Literary Production
CLME GU4241Sufism: Primary Texts and Contexts
CLME GU4262Themes in the Arabic Novel
Music
AHMM UN3321Introduction To the Musics of India and West Asia
Religion
RELI UN2305Islam
RELI UN2308Buddhism: East Asian
RELI UN3521Muslim Masculinities
RELI GU4215Hinduism Here
RELI GU4304Krishna
Slavic Languages
SLCL UN3001Slavic Cultures
Sociology
SOCI UN3324Global Urbanism

Summer 2019 Approved Courses

Last update: 3/22/19

Art History and Archaeology
AHIS OC4652The Black Voices of Black Model: New Perspectives for the Histories of Art
AHUM S2901DMasterpieces of Indian Art and Architecture
Classics
GRKM S3935DHellenism and the Topographical Imagination
Columbia Summer in Amman and Tunis: Middle Eastern and North African Studies
MENA OC4101Culture/History Seminar of the Middle East-North Africa Summer Program in Amman &Tunis
East Asian Languages and Culture
AHUM S1400DColloquium on Major Texts: East Asia
Film
FILM S4215DContemporary Global Documentary
FILM OC4225Arab & African Filmmaking
French
FREN OC3817Black Paris
History
HIST S2803QThe Worlds of Mughal India
Music
MUSI S2020DSalsa Soca Reggae
AHMM S3321QMusic of India and West Asia
Religion
RELI S2305DIslam
RELI S2308DBuddhism: East Asian
RELI S2308QBuddhism: East Asian
RELI S4322DExploring Sharia: Islamic Law

All Approved Courses: Morningside Campus

Last update: 5/10/19

Note: Not all courses are taught each academic year. Below is the full list of all courses offered on the Morningside Campus that are approved for the Global Core requirement, regardless of semester offered.

African-American Studies
AFAS UN1001Introduction to African-American Studies
Anthropology
ANTH UN1008The Rise of Civilization
ANTH V1130Africa and the Anthropologist
ANTH UN2007Indian and Nigerian Film Cultures
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
ANTH V2035Introduction to the Anthropology of South Asia
ANTH V2100Muslim Societies
ANTH UN3300Pre-Columbian Histories of Native America
ANTH UN3465Women 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 UN3947Text, Magic, Performance
ANHS GU4001The Ancient Empires
ANTH G4065Archaeology of Idols
Art History and Archaeology
AHIS UN2119Rome Beyond Rome: Roman Art and Architecture in a Global Perspective
AHIS UN2500The Arts of Africa
AHIS UN2600Arts of China
AHUM UN2604Art In China, Japan, and Korea
AHUM UN2800Arts of Islam: The First Formative Centuries (circa 700-1000)
AHUM UN2802Arts of Islam: Realignments of Empire and State (ca. 1000-1400)
AHUM UN2901Masterpieces of Indian Art and Architecture
AHIS W3500Yoruba and the Diaspora
AHIS UN3501African Art: The Next Generation. Focus: Congo
AHIS W3832Sacred Landscapes of the Ancient Andes
AHIS Q4570Andean Art and Architecture
AHIS GU4584Critical Approaches to Persianate Painting
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 W3510Novels of Immigration, Relocation, and Diaspora
CSER UN3922Race and Representation in Asian American Cinema
CSER UN3926Latin Music and Identity
CSER UN3928Colonization/Decolonization
Classics
CLCV UN2441Egypt in the Classical World
CLCV UN3059WORLDS OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT
CLCV W3111Plato and Confucius: Comparative Ancient Philosophies
CLCV W3244Global Histories of the Book
CSGM UN3567Thessaloniki Down the Ages
CLGM UN3920The World Responds to the Greeks: Modernity, Postcoloniality, Globality
GRKM UN3935Hellenism and the Topographical Imagination
Colloquia and Interdepartmental Seminars
INSM UN3920Nobility and Civility
INSM UN3921Nobility and Civility II
INSM C3940Science Across Cultures
INSM W3950Friendship in Asian and Western Civilization
Committee on Global Thought
CGTH UN3401Seminar in Global Thought: Inquiries into an Interconnected World
CGTH UN3402Topics in Global Thought: Global 20-Youth in an Interconnected World
Comparative Literature and Society
CLGM UN3110The Ottoman Past in the Greek Present
CPLS UN3333East/West Frametale Narratives
CPLS UN3454Blood/Lust: Staging the Early Modern Mediterranean [in English]
CLGM UN3920The World Responds to the Greeks: Modernity, Postcoloniality, Globality
CPLS W3945Transnational Memory Politics and the Culture of Human Rights
CPLS W3955The West in Global Thought
CPLS W3956Postcolonial Narrative and the Limits of the Human
CPLS W4100Andalusian Symbiosis: Islam and the West
CPLS GU4111World Philology
Dance (Barnard)
DNCE BC3567Dance of India
DNCE BC2565World Dance History
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
ASCE UN1367Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Vietnam
AHUM UN1400Colloquium on Major Texts: East Asia
EAAS UN2342Mythology of East Asia
EAAS UN3121Minority Literature in Modern China
EAAS UN3322East Asian Cinema
EAAS UN3338Cultural History of Japanese Monsters
EAAS V3350Japanese Fiction and Film
EAAS UN3844Culture, Health and Healing in East Asia
HSEA Q3870Japan Before 1600
EAAS UN3927China in the Modern World
EARL W4127Mediations, Perceptions, Words: Poetry in Buddhist Literature
EAAS W4160Cultures of Colonial Korea
EAAS GU4277Japanese Anime and Beyond: Gender, Power and Transnational Media
EARL GU4310Life-Writing in Tibetan Buddhist Literature
EARL GU4312Tibetan Sacred Space (in Comparative Context)
HSEA GU4822Troubled Islands of the Indo Pacific
HSEA GU4847Modern Japan
HSEA W4866Competing Nationalisms in East Asia: Representing Chinese and Tibetan Relations in History
HSEA GU4880History of Modern China I
Economics
ECON GU4325Economic Organization and Development of Japan
English and Comparative Literature
ENGL UN3851Indian Writing in English
CLEN UN3933Postcolonial Literature
ENTA UN3948African Drama
CLEN W4200Caribbean Diaspora Literature
CLEN GU4644Revolution in/on the Caribbean
ENGL GU4650Novels of Immigration, Relocation, Diaspora
Film
FILM UN2292Topics in World Cinema: China
FILM UN2294World Cinema: Latin America
FILM S2295QWorld Cinema: Mexico
FILM UN2296Arab and African Filmmaking
FILM S4215DContemporary Global Documentary (Effective beginning Summer 2019)
French and Romance Philology
CLFR UN3716Francophone Romance : Love and Desire in French Colonial and Post-Colonial Literatures
CLFR GU4716FRANCOPHONE ROMANCE LOVE, SEX, INTIMACY IN THE FRENCH COLONIAL WORLD
Germanic Languages
GERM UN3780Berlin/Istanbul: Migration, Culture, Values (GER)
History
HIST UN1004Ancient History of Egypt
HIST W1054Introduction to Byzantine History
HIST UN2377INTERNATIONAL & GLOBAL HISTORY SINCE WWII
HIST UN2444The Vietnam War
HIST UN2580THE HISTORY OF UNITED STATES RELATIONS WITH EAST ASIA
HIST UN2618The Modern Caribbean
HIST UN2657Medieval Jewish Cultures
HIST UN2660Latin American Civilization I
HIST UN2661Modern Latin American History (Latin American Civilization II)
HIST UN2701Ottoman Empire
HIST UN2719History of the Modern Middle East
HSWM UN2761Gender and Sexuality in African History
HIST UN2764History of East Africa: Early Time to the Present
HIST UN2772West African History
HIST W2803The Worlds of Mughal India
HSME UN2810History of South Asia I: al-Hind to Hindustan
HSME UN2811South Asia: Empire and Its Aftermath
HIST W2880Gandhi's India
HIST UN2881Vietnam in the World
HIST Q2900History of the World to 1450 CE
HIST W2943Cultures of Empire
HIST UN3152Byzantine Encounters in the Mediterranean and the Middle East
HIST Q3400Native American History
HIST UN3601Jews in the Later Roman Empire, 300-600 CE
HIST W3678Indigenous Worlds in Early Latin America
HIST UN3766African Futures
HIST UN3779Africa and France
HSEA UN3898The Mongols in History
HIST Q3933Empires and Cultures of the Early Modern Atlantic World
HIST GU4811Encounters with Nature: The History of Environment and Health in South Asia and Beyond
Italian
ITAL GU4022The Qur'an in Europe
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
LCRS UN3500Latin American Cities
Latin American and Iberian Cultures
SPJS UN3303Jewish Culture in Translation in Medieval Iberia
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
PORT UN3490Brazilian Society and Civilization
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]
Linguistics
LING UN3102Endangered Languages in the Global City: Lang, Culture, and Migration in Contempary NYC
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
MDES UN1001Critical Theory: A Global Perspective
AHUM UN1399Colloquium on Major Texts: Middle East and South Asia
ASCM V2001Introduction to Major Topics in the Civilizations of the Middle East and India
ASCM UN2003Introduction to Islamic Civilization
ASCM UN2008Contemporary Islamic Civilization
MDES UN2030Major Debates in the Study of Africa
MDES W2041Introduction to Indian Philosophy
ASCM UN2357Introduction to Indian Civilization
MDES UN2650Gandhi and His Interlocutors
MDES UN3000Theory and Culture
CLME W3032Colonialism: Film, Fiction, History & Theory
HSME UN3044From Colonial to Global Health
MDES UN3121Literature and Cultures of Struggle in South Africa
MDES UN3130East Africa and the Swahili Coast
CLME UN3221Arabic Literature As World Literature
MDES UN3260Rethinking Middle East Politics
CLME UN3928Arabic Prison Writing
MDES UN3445Societies & Cultures Across the Indian Ocean
CLME GU4031Cinema and Society In Asia and Africa
MDES G4052Locating Africa in the Early 20th Century World
MDES GU4150Introduction to African Philosophy
CLME GU4225New Millenium Challenges in Arabic Literary Production
CLME GU4226Arabic Autobiography: Global Dimensions
CLME GU4229Afro-Mediterranean Cultural Geographies: Ifriqiya-Tunis
CLME GU4231Cold War Arab Culture
CLME GU4241Sufism: Primary Texts and Contexts
CLME G4261Popular Islam: Asia and Africa
CLME GU4262Themes in the Arabic Novel
MDES G4326The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust: Memory and Representation
MDES GU4637Cinema and Colonialism in South Asia
Music
MUSI UN2020Salsa, Soca, and Reggae: Popular Musics of the Caribbean
MUSI V2430Listening and Sound in Cross-Cultural Perspective
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
Religion
RELI UN2205Buddhism: Indo-Tibetan
RELI UN2305Islam
RELI UN2306Intro to Judaism
RELI UN2307Chinese Religious Traditions
RELI UN2308Buddhism: East Asian
RELI UN2309Hinduism
RELI V2335Religion in Black America: An Introduction
RELI UN3303Judaism and Translation in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean
RELI UN3407Muslims in Diaspora
RELI UN3425Judaism and Courtly Literature in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia and Italy
RELI Q3511Tantra in South Asia, East Asia & the West
RELI UN3521Muslim Masculinities
RELI GU4215Hinduism Here
RELI GU4304Krishna
RELI GU4322Exploring the Sharia: Topics in Islamic Law
RELI GU4418On African Theory: Religion, Philosophy, Anthropology
Slavic Languages
SLCL UN3001Slavic Cultures
CLRS GU4022Russia and Asia: Orientalism, Eurasianism, Internationalism
GEOR GU4042Cultural History: A Georgian Case Study
CLRS W4190Race, Ethnicity, and Narrative, in the Russian/Soviet Empire
Sociology
SOCI UN3324Global Urbanism
Theatre
THTR UN3154Theatre Traditions in a Global Context

All Approved Courses: Offered Abroad

Last update: 3/7/19

Note: 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

Columbia in Amman and Paris: Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENA) Program
MENA OC4100Maghreb-Mashrek, East and West
Columbia Summer in Amman and Tunis: Middle Eastern and North African Studies
MENA OC4101Culture/History Seminar of the Middle East-North Africa Summer Program in Amman &Tunis
Columbia Global Seminar in Istanbul
Not offered during the Spring 2018 semester
CLGM OC3920The World Responds to the Greeks: Greece Faces East
Columbia in London- Queen Mary University
CLEN OC3500LONDON IN POSTCOLONIAL FICTION: 'WE ARE HERE BECAUSE YOU WERE THERE
Columbia Summer Program in Tunis and Istanbul: Democracy and Constitutional Engineering
POLS OC3545Comparative Democratic Politics
Slavic Languages- Office of Global Programs
CLSL OC4001The Muslim and the Christian in Balkan Narratives
Reid Hall in Paris
AHIS OC4652The Black Voices of Black Model: New Perspectives for the Histories of Art
FILM OC4225Arab & African Filmmaking
FREN OC3719Violence by and against Women
FREN OC3817Black Paris
FREN OC3821"Blackness" in French: from Harlem to Paris and Beyond
WMST OC3550Women and Society - The Sex Trade Economy