Art Humanities

Embracing architecture, sculpture, and painting, the Art Humanities core courses teach students how to view and discuss the visual arts and their place in the history of civilization. Frequent visits to New York's museums, private collections, and architectural sites bring students face to face with many of the world's most celebrated masterpieces. Students learn to respond intelligently to a variety of artistic genres by developing analytical skills and a conceptual framework for interpretation.

GS students must fulfill the Art Humanities requirement by taking one of the following: 

Note: If the art humanities requirement is fulfilled with Masterpieces of Western Art (UN1121) or an approved, equivalent transfer course, students should not take Barnard Art History 1001 or 1002, as this constitutes a duplication of coursework and thus would not count toward the GS degree.

Exemption from the Art Humanities Requirement

Although all Columbia students are required to take Art Humanities, there are some students who may obtain an exemption by filing a course substitution request.

Students who wish to request exemption of “Masterpieces of Western Art” based on a course substitution must obtain an Art Humanities Exemption Request form from the Core Curriculum Office (202 Hamilton) or the GS Dean of Students Office. Exemption must be requested during the student’s first semester at Columbia. Petitions submitted in subsequent semesters will not be considered by the Core Curriculum Office. Deadlines: November 1 for Fall matriculates, March 1 for Spring matriculates.