Newly Approved Courses

Hundreds of new courses are added to the Columbia undergraduate curriculum each year. So that students may be apprised of these offerings, new courses are collected on this page. Students are encouraged to check back periodically to review these new offerings.

 Fall 2022 Newly Approved Courses

Last update: 6/30/22

Art History
AHIS UN3703Sin Autorizacion: Themes in Contemporary Cuban Art
AHIS GU4517Hadrian's Villa: An Imperial Court and Its Spaces
AHIS GU4728Digital Art History: New Methods for Studying European Medieval Architecture and Associated Arts
AHIS GU4742African American Visual and Decorative Arts, 1650-1900
AHIS GU4743Colonial Visual Systems: Constructing a "New World"
American Studies
AMST UN3937JOURNALISM AND DEMOCRACY: THE 2022 ELECTION
Anthropology
ANTH UN1003The Environment
ANTH UN3702Black/Life/Science
ANTH UN3729Burning Down the House: Anthropology of Revolution
Classics
CLCV UN1001Introduction to Greek Mythology
CLCV UN3009Ancient Greek & Roman Medicine
CLGM UN3450 How to do Things with Queer Bodies
Comparative Literature and Society
CPLS UN3951Narratives for Living: Planetarity
CPLS UN3965Precision Medicine: Biological, Social, and Ethical Implications
CLPS GU4515RADICAL PSYCHOANALYSIS: INTRODUCING LAPLANCHE
East Asian Languages and Cultures
KORN UN2221Accelerated Korean for Heritage Speakers I
EAAS UN3575Approaching Cities and Life in Chinese Cultural History
EAAS GU4425Women, Body, and Borders in Japanese Literature and Culture
Economics
ECON GU4630Climate Finance
Engish
ENGL GU4239TROILUS & CRISEYDE AND ITS NEIGHBORS
ENGL UN3351FAMILY FICTIONS: MEMOIR, FILM AND THE NOVEL
ENGL UN3795SENIOR ESSAY RESEARCH METHODS
ENGL UN3798ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL
ENGL UN3898THE BILDUNGSROMAN: COMING OF AGE IN THE NOVEL
ENGL GU4732PLACES FOR POETRY
ENGL GU4879QUEER LITERATURE, CULTURE AND THEORY
ENGL GU4933SPENSER
French
FREN UN3409INTRO TO FRENCH & FRANCOPHONE HISTORY
FREN UN3410Intro French & Francophone Literature
CLFR UN3535Who Is Afraid of Contemporary Art? French and American Writers on Contemporary Art, from 1850 to Today
FREN GU4722Renaissance Culture Religion and Society
History
HIST UN2257Self-Determination and the Making of the Twentieth-Century World
HIST UN2671The Cold War in Latin America
HIST UN3502The Struggle for Indigenous Sovereignty in the Early American Republic
HIST UN3515Surveillance from KGB and NSA to Border Control
HIST UN3571Left and Right in American History
HIST UN3621Mass-Mediated Politics in Modern Latin America
HIST GU4213Crucibles of Modernity: Urban Space and Subjectivity in Europe’s Borderlands
HIST GU4277History of Urban Crime and Policing in Latin America in Global Perspective
HIST GU4397Nationalism and Revolution in Modern Ireland
HIST GU4403American Empire
HIST GU4571HIV and AIDS in Black America
HIST GU4622A Global History of Jewish Migration and the State
HIST GU4779AFRICAN FRANCE, FRENCH AFRICA
German
GERM GU4141Race and Germany
Italian
CLIA GU4499Mediterranean Humanities I
ITAL UN3342Business Italian and the Made in Italy Excellence: Learning Italian for trade and industry
Jewish Studies
JWST GU4511Political and Anti-Political Jews: Politics in Jewish Thought
Latin American and Iberian Cultures
SPAN UN3365Feminist Activisms: Genealogies, Spaces, Discourses
PORT UN344419th-century Brazil
SPAN UN3891What is an Exhibition? The Politics of Displaying Art in/from the Hispanic World
Mathematics
MATH UN2005INTRODUCTION TO MATHEMATICS PROOFS
MATH UN3994SENIOR THESIS IN MATHEMATICS I
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
MDES UN2012Finding Happiness: Readings in Arab-Islamic Texts
Music
MUSI UN3261Sound Synthesis Techniques and Creative Coding
Philosophy
PHIL UN3000BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY
PHIL UN3769LIVING, DYING, AND THE MEANING OF LIFE
PHIL UN3863HAPPINESS AND WELL-BEING
PHIL UN3912SEMINAR
Political Science
POLS GU4801GRAND STRATEGY:THEORY, HISTORY & DEBATES
POLS GU4814GLOBAL ENERGY: SECURITY/GEOPOL
POLS UN3911 Seminar in Political Theory- Ethics of International Relations
Psychology
PSYC GU4491The Parental Brain
Religion
RELI UN3318Humor, Joy, and Happiness in Judaism
RELI GU4223Dreams
Slavic Languages
RUSS UN3230Tricksters in World Culture: Mockery, Subversion, Rebellion
CLRS GU4112Decadent Desires and the Russian Silver Age
CLSL GU4011Experimental Cultures
Sociology
SOCI UN3276Race and Capitalism
SOCI GU4124Status, Evaluation, and Inequality
Statistics
STAT UN3293Topics in Modern Statistics
Sustainable Development
SDEV GU4550The New York City Watershed: From Community Displacement to Collaboration and Climate Adaptation
Visual Arts
VIAR UN1702INTRO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
VIAR UN3100Archive Photography
VIAR UN3422Printmaking on, through, & below the matrix
VIAR GU4300Ways of Making: Special Topics
Writing
WRIT UN3027Science Fiction Poetics
WRIT UN3129Writing Nature in the Age of Climate Change
WRIT UN3130The Punchline
WRIT UN3321Ecopoetics
WRIT UN3224Writing the Sixties
Yiddish
YIDD GU4995Exploring Yiddishland: Culture in Time and Space

 Summer 2022 Newly Approved Courses

Last update: 6/30/22

Art History and Archaeology
AHIS OC4504 How to Wade Through Water? The Lagoon as an Expanded Classroom
Anthropology
ANTH UN3751Personhood
Biology
BIOL UN1004Foundations of Biology
Ecology, Evolution, and Envioronmental Biology
EEEB GU4340HUMAN ADAPTATION
English
ENGL S3293Contemporary Poetics of the Black Tradition
ENGL S3353AMERICAN MEMORY
ENGL S3376REVOLUTIONS IN TEXT AND TECHNOLOGY
CLEN S3469ARTHUR & CO.
ENGL UN3671ROMANTIC ERA
CLEN S3682Human Rights in World Literature and Visual Culture
ENGL S3693SALLY ROONEY- AUTHORSHIP IN THE 21ST CENTURY
ENGL UN3743HARLEM CROSSROADS
ENGL S3782WHEN AMERICAN TELEVISION BECAME AMERICAN LITERATURE
French
FREN OC3524Contemp. French Lit. in a Global Context (This course will be taught abroad in Paris, France.)
FRRP UN3945Postwar French Cinema and Bad Taste
History
HIST UN2176REVOLUTION & EMPIRE: HAITI & FRANCE, 1789-1820
HIST UN2497Colonial America, Imperial America: 1776-1920
HIST GU4525Immigrant New York
Human Rights
HRTS GU4050Young People, Human Rights, Gun Violence
Mathematics
MATH UN2015Linear Algebra and Probability
MATH UN2030ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
Political Science
POLS S3228AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
POLS S3232AMERICAN URBAN POLITICS
POLS S3628ADVANCES IN IPE
Psychology
PSYC S2210COGNITION: BASIC PROCESSES
PSYC S3226GSP in Paris: Hands-on Consciousness
PSYC UN3622 Topics in Clinical Psychology- Summer

 Spring 2022 Newly Approved Courses

Last update: 1/10/22

American Studies
AMST UN3936Innovation: Making the American Self
Anthropology
ANTH UN2141Frontier Imaginaries
ANTH UN3835Air Matters
ANTH GU4123Historical Anthropology
ANTH GU4132Mental Health & Illness in Post/Soc
ANTH GU4283Anthropology of the Sister
Art History and Archaeology
AHIS UN3454Zines by Artists
AHIS UN3455The Art of the Document
AHIS UN3609Kyoto: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism
AHIS UN3621Rethinking Chinese Painting
AHIS GU4027Architecture and Associated Arts in Western Europe from 1066 until 1399: Building with Blood, Sweat, and Tears
AHIS GU4031Art of Italy: 1300-1520
AHIS GU4512Interpretive Archaeology
AHIS GU4741Art and Theory in a Global Context
AHIS GU4949Architecture in the Age of Progress
Biological Sciences
BIOL UN1004Foundations of Biology
BIOL UN3019Brain Evolution
BIOL UN3052PROJECT LAB-MOLECULAR GENETICS
BCHM GU4551A Structural View of Biology
Classics
CLGM UN3700Politics of Violence: Conflict, Borders, and the Carceral State
Comparative Literature and Society
CPLS UN3231Rhetoric of Science: The roles of metaphor and narrative in the scientific enterprise
CPLS GU4356Critical Cartographies
Earth and Environmental Sciences
EESC UN1900GEOL EXCURSION TO THE E SIERRA
EESC UN3114CLIMATE IMPACTS ON HUMANS IN NYC
East Asian Languages and Cultures
HSEA UN3642Peripheries of the Sinitic World through History
EAAS GU4111Modern Chinese Poetry in a Global Context
EARL GU4023Women in Buddhism
CHNS GU4050Legal Chinese
CHNS GU4113Advanced Business Chinese II
EAAS GU4217CHINA ON STAGE
HSEA GU4218Toward an intellectual history of Vietnam in the 20th century
HSEA GU4220ISLAM IN CHINA AND INNER ASIA
EAAS GU4334Supernatural in Japanese Culture: Ghosts, Gods, and Animals
EAAS GU4352The Fantastic World of Knights-Errant in Chinese Literature
EAAS GU4445Proletarian Asia - working-class culture from 1930s to present
EAAS GU4558Tibetan Science - Medicine, Knowledge, and the State on the Roof of the World
EAAS GU4565TIBET IN THE WORLD: CULTURAL PRODUCTION AND SOCIAL CHANGE
EAAS GU4625Socialist China in the Western Gaze (1949-1978)
EAAS GU4730Science and Technology in Chinese Media Cultures
EAAS GU4777A Thousand-Year Old Romance: Reading The Tale of Genji Across the Ages, Media, and Genres
Ecology, Evolution, and Evolutionary
EEEB UN3008Animal Behavior and the Endocrine System
English and Comparative Literature
ENGL UN3022CONTEMPORARY WAR LITERATURE
ENGL UN3039POSTWAR FICTION AND ARCHITECTURE
ENGL UN3331MAKING PEOPLE PUBLIC ON THE EARLY MODERN STAGE
ENGL UN3298 Early American Literature 1492- 1852
ENTA UN3349DISABILITY IN THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE
ENGL UN3385PLAYING WITH GENDER IN THE MIDDLE AGES
ENGL UN3386CONTAGION AND THE VICTORIAN NOVEL
ENGL UN3389AMERICAN EXTINCTIONS: THE MAKING OF THE NEW WORLD
ENTA UN3754CRITICAL HISTORIES OF AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE
ENGL GU4236ECO-POETRY FROM THE ROMANTICS TO THE PRESENT
ENGL GU4316WORLD'S END: 20th/21st CENTURY DYSTOPIAN FICTION AND FILM
ENGL GU4620HARLEM RENAISSANCE IN LITERATURE, MUSIC, & ART
ENTA GU4625SHAKESPEARE PERFORMANCE STUDIES
ENGL GU4726HENRY JAMES
ENTA GU4729GLOBAL ANGLOPHONE DRAMA
CLEN GU4932WITCHCRAFT AND LAW IN THE EARLY MODERN WORLD: NARRATIVES, IMAGES, DOCUMENTS
ENGL GU4938HISTORY OF HORROR
ENGL GU4943CRITICISM AND POLITICS
ENGL GU4956THE ASIAN AMERICAN NOVEL
Ethnicity and Race
CSER UN3702Memory and Monuments in the U.S. West
CSER GU4003Ethnicity, Race, & Gender in Latin American Revolutions
CSER GU4241Epistemologies of Dispossession
Film
FILM UN3932Polish Cinema: Seminar in Intl Film
FILM GU4953Reality Television
French
FREN UN3244FRENCH THRU CURRENT EVENTS
CLFR GU4002French Theory in a Global Context
CLFR GU4292QUEER MEDIEVAL FRANCE
Germanic Languages
CLGR UN3212Postwar Modernism: Literature & Thought
CLGR UN3600"Just as Deutsch as Kafka": Migration and Memory in Post-War Germany
GERM UN3991SENIOR SEMINAR (Buddenbrooks)
History
HIST UN1512The Battle for North America: An Indigenous History of the Seven Years War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812
HIST UN2342Britain, Ireland and Empire, 1789-1901
HIST UN2978Science and Pseudoscience: Alchemy to AI
HIST UN3517The Historical Imagination in Caribbean Literature
HIST UN3252Animals in the History of East Central Europe
HIST UN3258Disability Histories of Europe in the Twentieth Century
HIST UN3497Calculating Power: Knowledge, Technology, and Risk in the United States after 1900
HIST UN3501Indians and Empires in North America
HIST UN3529Landscapes of American Modernity, 1880-1940
HIST UN3552Beyond Battlefields: Key Themes in American Military History
HIST UN3572The Climate Crisis: A History of the Present
HIST GU4489Early American Law and Society
HIST GU4344Truth from the Past: Introduction to the Philosophy of History
HIST GU4511The Philosophical Life
HIST GU4532TOPICS IN AMERICAN CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION
HIST GU4711OCCULT IN THE MUSLIM PAST
HIST GU4723Politics of Archaeology
HIST GU4747Engineering the Modern Middle East: Histories of Science, Technology and Medicine
Human Rights
HRTS GU4000 Refugees and Forced Migration: A Eurasian Persespective
Italian
CLIA UN3685Regarding the Medieval Other: Inhibition, Individuality, and Identity
CLIA GU4300Renaissance Orientalism
Latin American and Iberian Cultures
SPAN UN3370Documents and Evidence in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Arts
SPAN UN3489Staging Revolt: Masses, Multitudes & Political Performance in the Hispanic World
PORT GU4468Race, Law, and Culture in Latin America
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
CLME UN3266Decolonizing the Arabian Nights
MDES GU4142Histories of Urban Africa: Work, Leisure, Love and Creative Young Lives
MDES GU4226Arabic Literature & the Long 19th Century
MDES GU4328The Resilience of Memory: Armenian Genocide in Words and Images
MDES GU4627Significant Others
MDES GU4634Sound and Listening Cultures of the Indian Subcontinent
Medieval and Rennaissance Studies
MRST UN3031Space and Society in the Roman World
Music
MUSI UN2250Making Noise, Making Music: Composing with DIY, Handmade and Hacked Electronics
MUSI UN3127BACH'S SACRED MUSIC
MUSI GU4060MEDIEVAL MUSIC DRAMA
MUSI GU4230Sounding Alternative Perspectives in Electronic Music
MUSI GU4407Songs and Sounds of Protest of Latin America and the Caribbean: Relistening to the 1960s and 1970s
Philosophy
PHIL UN3870PHILOSOPHY AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Physics
PHYS UN3084Quantum Simulation and Computing Lab
Political Science
POLS UN3216PUBLIC OPINION & POL BEHAVIOR
POLS UN3921AMERICAN POLITICS SEMINAR (Topics and Debates in Judicial Politics)
POLS UN3951COMPARATIVE POLITICS SEMINAR (Voters Without Borders: Diasporas and Emigrants Electoral Participation in Comparative Perspective)
POLS UN3961INTERNATIONAL POLITICS SEMINAR (American Foreign Policy and International Relations Theory)
POLS UN3961INTERNATIONAL POLITICS SEMINAR (Advances in International Political Economy)
POLS UN3961INTERNATIONAL POLITICS SEMINAR (Analysis and History of U.S. Grand Strategy)
POLS GU4726QUANT METH 4 TOPICS IN METHODS
Psychology
PSYC UN1940Neuroscience Methods
PSYC UN2660Stigma and Belonging in a Diverse Society
PSYC UN2821Cognition in Context
PSYC GU4696Social Interaction
PSYC GU4890Laboratory in Justice Data Science
Religion
RELI GU4217American Religions in extremis
RELI GU4227Empire and Decolonization in North Africa: Race, Religion, Climate
RELI GU4314Bhakti Poets
RELI GU4317Islam in Southeast Asia
RELI GU4324American Scriptures
RELI GU4216Religion and Capitalism: Faith and the American Market
Slavic Languages
CLRS UN3313Resistant Mind: Colonial Power, Optics, Narrative
CLSL GU4010What We Do in the Shadows: A History of the Night in Eastern Europe
CLRS GU4111Narrative and Repetition: Circling in Time and Space
CLRS GU4215Thinking Socialism: The Soviet Intelligentsia After Stalin
RUSS GU4340Chteniia po russkoi literature: Bulgakov
Sociology
SOCI UN3030Finance & Society: Mony, Pwr, Tech,Crses
SOCI UN3122AIDS and U.S. Society - Why HIV/AIDS Matters
SOCI UN3983Crime and Policing
Women's and Gender Study
WMST GU4555Abolitionist Feminism
Writing
WRIT UN3024 Photographic Testmonies
WRIT UN3128 How to Write Funny
WRIT UN3222 The Role of the Critic
WRIT UN3223 The Taste Profile

 Fall 2021 Newly Approved Courses

Last update: 5/27/21

Art History and Archaeology
AHIS UN2415History Painting and Its Afterlives
AHIS UN3017Architecture and Deception
AHIS UN3104The Art of the Gods: Images of the Divine in the Ancient Mediterranean
AHIS UN3229Medieval Monuments and Memory
AHIS UN3614Landscape and the Visual Arts in China
AHIS UN3615Imperial (Re)Visions: Art and Empire in India
AHIS GU4503Planning and Programming An Exhibition, Subject: Childhood
American Studies
AMST UN3935Indigenous Peoples of New York and New England
Anthropology
ANTH GU4066Hydropolitics in Madagascar
ANTH GU4653Art beyond Aesthetics: Decolonizing approaches to representation
Biology
BIOL UN3320Regulation of Behaviors for Survival
BIOL GU4036Transformative Concepts in Systems Biology
Chemistry
CHEM GU4164Electric Field Effects in Catalysis
Classics
CLLT UN3126Queer Classics: Desire, Embodiment, Backward Glances
CLST UN3041The Ancient City and Us: Archaeology of a Relationship
CLGM UN3800WRITING RESISTANCE
CLCV GU4160Reading Rome in the Middle Ages and Beyond
CLCV GU4180Friendship from Antiquity to the Present
CLGM GU4600Multilingual America: Translation, Migration, Gender
GRKM GU4821 The Greek Revolution of 1821 and Its Legacies
Committee on Global Thought
CGTH GU4200Global Food Worlds
Comparative Literature and Society
CPLS UN3231Rhetoric of Science: The roles of metaphor and narrative in the scientific enterprise
Earth and Environmental Sciences
EESC UN1009GLOBAL WARMING FOR GLOBAL LEADERS
EESC UN3109CLIMATE PHYSICS
East Asian Languages and Cultures
CHNS GU4105Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition
EARL GU4328Texts, Paintings, and Images of Korean Religions
English and Comparative Literature
ENTA UN3349DISABILITY IN THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE
ENGL UN3387AUSTEN, ELIOT, JAMES
ENGL UN3496CHARLES DICKENS
ENGL UN3628FAULKNER
ENGL UN3642LOVE IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
CLEN GU4406MEMOIR:  LIFE WRITING AND BODILY DIFFERENCE
ENTA GU4672RITES IN CRISIS: CONTEMPORARY THEATER AND THE PROBLEM OF REPAIR
French and Romance Philology
FREN UN3835Violence, Politics, and the Graphic Novel
FREN GU4422Baudelaire Painter of Modern Life
Germanic Languages
GERM UN3003What is German? Linguistic Variation Across Social and Historical Contexts
CLGR GU4170Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain: Morbidity, Modernity and Metaphysics
CLGR GU4252What is Fascism?
History
HIST UN1488Indigenous History of North America
HIST UN3164Novels of Empire
HIST UN3418The Carceral United States
HIST UN3982The Quantified State: How Democracy Includes, Excludes, and Governs with Numbers
HIST GU4151A Trans-Imperial Society: the History of the Danube River Basin
HIST GU4189Composing the Self in Early Modern Europe
HIST GU4301Politics and Justice in Latin America through Crime Fiction
HIST GU4512Property and Power in 20th Century U.S.
HIST GU4632Jews in the Ancient City: Politics and Materiality
Italian
ITAL UN3669Gender/Genre: Italian Renaissance Women Authors
CLIA GU4025Italian Migrations
CLIA GU4500Mediterranean Humanities
Jewish Studies
CLYD UN3500READINGS IN JEWISH LITERATURE: American Jewish Literature: A survey (Humor: Modern Jewish Literature (ENG))
Latin American and Iberian Cultures
SPAN UN3890Forensic Fictions in the Premodern Iberian Archive
PORT GU4467Race and Decolonial Dialogues in the Americas
SPAN GU4889Great Latin American Artists (That Never Existed)
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
MDES UN1030“Game of Thrones”: On Epics and Empires
MDES UN2042South Asia at the Crossroads of Empires
CLME GU4221Literary Encounters and Reading across the Wor(l)ds
MDES GU4266Decolonizing the Arabian Nights
Music
MUSI UN2230History and Practice of Electronic Music
MUSI UN3410The Polycultural Roots of U.S. Popular Music
MUSI UN3425Music, Sound and the Law
Philosophy
PHIL GU4850THE PHILOSOPHY OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Psychology
COGS UN1001Introduction to Cognitive Science
PSYC UN3671Motivation Science
Religion
RELI UN3317Deep Tantra: Sex, Violence, Ritual
RELI UN3414Changing Places
Slavic Languages
CLRS GU4214The Road to Power: Marxism in Germany and Russia
CLRS GU4214The Road to Power: Marxism in Germany and Russia
Sociology
SOCI GU4983The Sociology of Love and Eroticism