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

Summer 2017 Global Core Courses (updated 5/8/17)

Fall 2017 Global Core Courses (updated 8/24/17)

All Approved Global Core Courses (updated 8/24/17)

General Information

Questions about the Global Core can be addressed to