The global core requirement consists of courses that examine areas of the world that are not the primary focus of literature/humanities and contemporary civilization/social sciences courses and that, like other core courses, are broadly introductory, interdisciplinary, and temporally or spatially expansive. Courses in the global core are organized around a set of primary texts or artifacts, which may range from texts of literate traditions to media (e.g. film), ritual performances or oral sources, produced in the regions of the world in question. 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 (and may include Europe and the West), in terms of a common theme, a set of analytic questions, or interactions between different world regions.
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 shape it today. Courses in the global core typically explore the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, or the Middle East in an historical context.
Students must complete two courses from the global core List of Approved Courses for a letter grade.
Current List of Approved Global Core Courses
Office of Global Programs, 606 Kent; (212) 854-7444
Petition to the Committee on the Global Core for Course Approval
To have a course that is not on the approved list be considered for a Global Core requirement, please submit a Global Core petition to your advisor.