Global Core

Fall 2017 Approved Courses | Spring 2018 Approved Courses
All Approved Courses: Morningside Campus | All Approved Courses: Offered Abroad
General Information

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 2017 Approved Courses

Last update: 8/24/17

Fall 2017 Global Core Courses
 

Spring 2018 Approved Courses

Last update: 11/17/17

Anthropology
ANTH UN3947Text, Magic, Performance
Art History and Archaeology
AHIS UN2119Rome Beyond Rome: Roman Art and Architecture in a Global Perspective (Effective beginning Spring 2018 )
AHIS UN2500The Arts of Africa
AHUM UN2604Art In China, Japan, and Korea
Center for the Core Curriculum
AFCV UN1020African Civilizations
LACV UN1020Primary Texts of Latin American Civilization
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
CSER UN3928Colonization/Decolonization
Classics
CLCV UN2441Egypt in the Classical World (Effective beginning Spring 2018)
CSGM UN3567Thessaloniki Down the Ages
Colloquia and Interdepartmental Seminars
INSM W3921
Comparative Literature and Society
CLGM UN3110The Ottoman Past in the Greek Present (Effective beginning Spring 2018 )
CLGM UN3920The World Responds to the Greeks: Greece Faces East
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
AHUM UN1400Colloquium on Major Texts: East Asia
AHUM UN3830Colloquium On Modern East Asian Texts
HSEA UN3898The Mongols in History
EAAS W4160Cultures of Colonial Korea
EARL GU4312Tibetan Sacred Space (in Comparative Context) (Effective beginning Spring 2018 )
Film
FILM UN2292Topics in World Cinema: China (Effective beginning Spring 2018 )
History
HIST UN2377INTERNATIONAL & GLOBAL HISTORY SINCE WWII (Effective beginning Spring 2017 )
HIST UN2661Modern Latin American History (Latin American Civilization II)
HIST GU4811Encounters with Nature: The History of Environment and Health in South Asia and Beyond (Effective beginning Spring 2017 )
Latin American and Iberian Cultures
PORT UN3350Lusophone Africa and Afro Brazilian Culture
PORT UN3490Brazilian Society and Civilization
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
MDES UN1001Critical Theory: A Global Perspective (Effective beginning Spring 2018 )
ASCM UN2008Contemporary Islamic Civilization
MDES UN2650Gandhi and His Interlocutors
AHUM UN3399Colloquium on Major Texts: Middle East and South Asia (Will be numbered AHUM UN1399 effective Fall 2018)
MDES GU4150Introduction to African Philosophy (Effective beginning Spring 2017 )
CLME GU4226Arabic Autobiography: Global Dimensions (Effective beginning Spring 2018 )
MDES GU4637Cinema and Colonialism in South Asia (Effective beginning Spring 2018 )
Music
AHMM UN3320Introduction To the Musics of East Asia and Southeast Asia
Religion
RELI UN2309Hinduism
Slavic Languages
GEOR GU4042Cultural History: A Georgian Case Study (Effective beginning Spring 2017)


All Approved Courses: Morningside Campus

Last update: 11/17/17

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 (Effective beginning Fall 2017)
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 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 (Effective beginning Spring 2018)
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) (Effective beginning Fall 2017 )
AHUM UN2802Arts of Islam: Realignments of Empire and State (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
AHUM UN2901Masterpieces of Indian Art and Architecture
AHIS W3500Yoruba and the Diaspora (Effective beginning Fall 2014 semester; formerly AHIS W3898)
AHIS UN3501African Art: The Next Generation. Focus: Congo (Effective beginning Spring 2017 )
AHIS W3832Sacred Landscapes of the Ancient Andes (Effective beginning Spring 2016)
AHIS Q4570Andean Art and Architecture (formerly AHIS G4085)
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 UN2441Egypt in the Classical World (Effective beginning Spring 2018 )
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 beginning Spring 2017 )
CLGM UN3920The World Responds to the Greeks: Greece Faces East
GRKM UN3935Hellenism and the Topographical Imagination (formerly GRKM UN3920 "The World Responds to the Greeks")
Colloquia and Interdepartmental Seminars
INSM UN3920Nobility and Civility
INSM W3921
INSM C3940Science Across Cultures
INSM W3950Friendship in Asian and Western Civilization
Comparative Literature and Society
CLGM UN3110The Ottoman Past in the Greek Present (Effective beginning Spring 2018 )
CPLS W3333East/West Frametale Narratives
CPLS UN3454Blood/Lust: Staging the Early Modern Mediterranean [in English]
CLGM UN3920The 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
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 (Effective beginning Fall 2017 semester)
AHUM UN1400Colloquium on Major Texts: East Asia
EAAS UN2342Mythology of East Asia
EAAS UN3322East Asian Cinema (Effective beginning Spring 2017 )
EAAS V3350Japanese Fiction and Film (Effective beginning Fall 2014 )
AHUM UN3830Colloquium On Modern East Asian Texts
HSEA Q3870Japan Before 1600 (Effective beginning Spring 2015; formerly HSEA W4870)
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
EARL GU4312Tibetan Sacred Space (in Comparative Context) (Effective beginning Spring 2018 )
HSEA GU4822Troubled Islands of the Indo Pacific (Effective beginning Spring 2017 )
HSEA GU4847Modern Japan (Effective beginning Fall 2017 )
HSEA W4866Competing Nationalisms in East Asia: Representing Chinese and Tibetan Relations in History (Effective beginning Fall 2015)
HSEA GU4880History of Modern China I
Economics
ECON GU4325Economic Organization and Development of Japan
English and Comparative Literature
ENTA UN3948African Drama (Offered Fall 2017 semester as a one-time course)
CLEN W4200Caribbean Diaspora Literature
ENGL GU4650Novels of Immigration, Relocation, Diaspora (formerly ENGL W3510)
FILM
FILM UN2292Topics in World Cinema: China (Effective beginning Spring 2018 )
FILM S2295QWorld Cinema: Mexico (Effective beginning Summer 2017)
Germanic Languages
GERM UN3780Berlin/Istanbul: Migration, Culture, Values (GER)
History
HIST W1004Ancient History of Egypt (Effective beginning Spring 2015 semester)
HIST W1054Introduction to Byzantine History (Effective beginning Spring 2016 semester)
HIST UN2377INTERNATIONAL & GLOBAL HISTORY SINCE WWII (Effective beginning Spring 2017 )
HIST UN2444The Vietnam War (Effective beginning Spring 2017 )
HIST UN2580THE HISTORY OF UNITED STATES RELATIONS WITH EAST ASIA (Effective beginning Fall 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 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 UN2811 South Asia: Empire and Its Aftermath
HIST W2880Gandhi's India (formerly HIST W3800)
HIST Q2900History of the World to 1450 CE (Effective beginning Fall 2013; formerly HIST W2903)
HIST W2943Cultures of Empire (formerly HIST W3943)
HIST UN3152Byzantine Encounters in the Mediterranean and the Middle East (Taught on Morningside going forward; Effective beginning Spring 2017)
HIST Q3400Native American History (formerly HIST W4404)
HIST W3678Indigenous Worlds in Early Latin America (formerly HIST W4678)
HIST UN3766African Futures (Effective beginning Fall 2017 )
HIST UN3779Africa and France
HSEA UN3898The Mongols in History
HIST Q3933Empires and Cultures of the Early Modern Atlantic World (Effective only for Spring 2014; formerly HIST W4103)
HIST W4601Jews in the Later Roman Empire, 300-600 CE (Effective beginning Fall 2014 )
HIST GU4811Encounters with Nature: The History of Environment and Health in South Asia and Beyond (Effective beginning Spring 2017 )
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
SPJS UN3303Jewish Culture in Translation in Medieval Iberia (Effective beginning Fall 2017)
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)
PORT UN3490Brazilian Society and Civilization (Effective beginning Fall 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
MDES UN1001Critical Theory: A Global Perspective (Effective beginning Spring 2018)
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 UN2650Gandhi and His Interlocutors (Effective beginning Spring 2015)
MDES UN3000Theory and Culture
CLME W3032Colonialism: Film, Fiction, History & Theory
HSME UN3044From Colonial to Global Health (Effective beginning Fall 2017 )
MDES UN3121Literature and Cultures of Struggle in South Africa (Effective beginning Spring 2017 )
MDES UN3130East Africa and the Swahili Coast
CLME UN3221Arabic Literature As World Literature (Effective beginning Fall 2017 )
MDES UN3260Rethinking Middle East Politics (Effective beginning Spring 2017 )
AHUM UN3399Colloquium on Major Texts: Middle East and South Asia (Will be AHUM UN1399 effective Fall 2018 )
MDES W3445Societies & Cultures Across the Indian Ocean (Effective beginning Fall 2013)
CLME UN3928Arabic Prison Writing
CLME GU4031Cinema and Society In Asia and Africa
MDES G4052Locating Africa in the Early 20th Century World
MDES GU4150Introduction to African Philosophy (Effective beginning Spring 2017)
CLME GU4226Arabic Autobiography: Global Dimensions (Effective beginning Spring 2018)
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
MDES GU4637Cinema and Colonialism in South Asia (Effective beginning Spring 2018 )
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 beginning Spring 2017)
Religion
RELI UN2205Buddhism: Indo-Tibetan (Effective beginning Fall 2016 semester)
RELI UN2305Islam
RELI UN2307Chinese Religious Traditions
RELI UN2308Buddhism: East Asian
RELI UN2309Hinduism
RELI V2335Religion in Black America: An Introduction (formerly RELI V2645)
RELI UN3303Judaism and Translation in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean (Effective beginning Spring 2017 )
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)
RELI GU4304Krishna (Effective beginning Fall 2017 )
Slavic Languages
SLCL UN3001Slavic Cultures
CLRS GU4022Russia and Asia: Orientalism, Eurasianism, Internationalism
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

Last update: 11/17/17

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

Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
CSER OC3928 Colonization/Decolonization (Effective beginning Summer 2017 semester; taught in Mexico City
Columbia in Amman and Paris: Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENA) Program
MENA OC4100 Migration, Displacement, and Diaspora in the French and North African Context (taught in Paris, Effective beginning Summer 2017 semester; formerly "Maghreb-Mashrek: East and West"
Columbia Global Seminar in Istanbul
Not offered during the Spring 2018 semester
CLGM OC3920The World Responds to the Greeks: Greece Faces East (Effective beginning Spring 2015 semester; taught in Istanbul)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Global Scholars Program)
LCRS OC3501 Latin American Cities (Effective beginning Summer 2017 semester)
Columbia Summer Program in Tunis and Istanbul: Democracy and Constitutional Engineering
Not offered during the Spring 2018 semester
POLS OC3545Comparative Democratic Politics (Effective beginning Summer 2015 semester; taught in Istanbul)
Slavic Languages- Office of Global Programs
Not offered during the Spring 2018 semester
CLSL OC4001The Muslim and the Christian in Balkan Narratives (Effective beginning Summer 2016 semester; taught in Istanbul)
Reid Hall in Paris
FREN OC3817Black Paris (Effective beginning Spring 2017 semester; taught in Paris)
WMST OC3550Women and Society - The Sex Trade Economy (Effective Spring 2016 semester; will not be offered Spring 2018 semester; taught in Paris)


General Information

Questions about the Global Core may be addressed to globalcore@columbia.edu.