Newly Approved Courses

 Spring 2021 Newly Approved Courses | Fall 2020 Newly Approved Courses | Summer 2020 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.

 Spring 2021 Newly Approved Courses

Last update: 11/25/20

American Studies
AMST UN3931Topics in American Studies (Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Meaning of America)
AMST UN3933 The American Graphic Novel
Anthropology
ANTH GU4052Post/Socialist Bodies
ANTH GU4378Strange Resonances, Close Listening
ANTH GU4349Shades of the Political: Anthropological Investigations of Everyday Life in Turkey
Art History and Archaeology
AHIS GU4521Sin and Sodomy
Biological Sciences
BIOL UN2502Foundations for Lab Biology
BIOT GU4161ETHICS IN BIOPHARM PAT/REG LAW
Chemistry
CHEM GU4313Peptide and Protein Chemistry
Classics
CLST UN3030Beyond City Limits: Considering the Countryside in the Ancient Roman World
CLST UN3040Ethnicity, Power, and Resistance in Ancient Empire
CLCV UN3070Polis: the Biography of the Ancient Greek City-State 650 BCE-350 CE
CLLT UN3129An Odyssey of Odysseys: Receptions of Homer’s Odyssey from Antiquity to the 21st Century
Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
CSER UN3305Provincializing Prohibition: The “War on Drugs” in the Americas
CPLS GU4323Utopia and the Pandemic
CPLS GU4325Abolition Medicine: Medical Racisms and Anti-Racisms
CPLS GU4732Matters of Life/Death
CLGM GU4550 Greek Poets and their Interluctors
CPLS GU4800Advanced Topics in Medical Humanities (Pandemic and Social Inequality)
Earth and Environmental Sciences
EESC UN3328Glacial Geomorphology
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
EEEB GU4670Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
CSER UN3041The Art & Politics of Memory in Latin America: Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation
CSER UN3304Race and Aesthetics in Cinema
CSER UN3964Maya Guatemala-Neoliberalism & Resistance
East Asian Languages and Cultures
BURM UN2102Intermediate Burmese II
TWI UN2102Intermediate Twi II
TIBT UN2711ADVANCED LITERARY TIBETAN II
JPNS UN3402JAPANESE POP CULTURE II
EAAS UN3435Chinese Revolution, Asian Revolution, World Revolution: Revolution and Radicalism in the Long Twentieth Century
HSEA UN3971STATES OF SURVEILLANCE: A GLOBAL HISTORY OF BIG BROTHER
VIET GU4102MIXED ADVANCED VIETNAMESE II
EAAS GU4124SOUTH KOREAN FILM AS HISTORY
HSEA GU4250MADE IN CHINA: CRAFT AND INDUSTRY IN CHINESE HISTORY
HSEA GU4729Amdo: The Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian and Muslim Interface
English and Comparative Literature
ENGL UN3026RENAISSANCE ENGLAND AND THE POETRY OF EXPERIMENT
ENGL UN3048British Literature to 1500
ENGL UN3232COUNTERARCHIVES
ENGL UN3482LIVES OF PROPERTY IN THE COLONIAL ATLANTIC WORLD
ENGL UN3570MODERNISM: STRUGGLE AND UTOPIA
ENGL UN3691DESIRE AND DISGUST IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
ENGL UN3789AMERICAN NATURE WRITING TO 1900
ENGL GU4568 Radical Domesticity: Modernism, Gender, and Building the Future
ENGL GU4821 The Transitions: Trends and Texts of World Transformation
ENGL GU4836BLACK LITERATURE AND VISUAL ART: STUDIES IN COLLABORATION
ENGL GU4975PRISON LITERATURE
ENGL GU4931NEW YORK INTELLECTUALS: MARY MCCARTHY, HANNAH ARENDT, SUSAN SONTAG
French
FREN UN3243Lang. Culture, Society: La culture pop
FREN UN3762Sex, Drugs, and Marxism: France in the 1960's
CLFR OC3821City Diplomacy (This course will be taught in Reid Hall.)
CLFR GU4440Remapping Algeria: Poetics and Politics of Space
FREN GU4441Classical French Moralists
CLFR GU4521The Politics of Memory. Remembrance, Ethics and Identity in France since 1945
Germanic Languages
CLYD UN3000Do you read Jewish? From Yiddish, to Yinglish, to Yiddler, in the US
History
HIST UN3269From Oracles, Fortune and Gifts of God to Mathematics: The History of Risk Before the Probability Calculus, c. 1350 CE – c. 1660 CE
HIST UN3702Russia’s Silver Age, 1890-1920
HIST UN3384Brazilian Slavery in its Global Context
HIST GU4090Craft, Literature, and Data: Hands-on Material and Digital Methods for the Study of How-to Technical Texts
HIST GU4727The History of the End of the World
HIST GU4821Italy’s Material Culture, 1945-2015
HIST GU4844 Outlaws in Asian History
HIST GU4956Mesopotamian Culture and Society in the first millennium BCE
Italian
CLIA GU4024Nationalism in Theory and History
Jewish Studies
JWST UN3538Jews in the City in the Islamic Middle East
Latin American and Iberian Cultures
PORT UN3443Visual Cultures and the City
Linguistics
LING GU4173Hyphenated Minds: Heritage Speakers and Their Vocabularies
Mathematics
MATH GU4392INTRO TO QUANTUM MECHANICS II
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
MDES UN3047MESAAS & History: Court Cultures 350-1750
MDES UN3048Pandemics: A Global History
MDES GU4239Medicine and Disease in the Pre-Modern Islamic World
Music
MUSI UN3117Singing Against Slavery: Five Centuries of Resistance
Philosophy
PHIL UN3861Language & Society
PHIL GU4080Plato
PHIL GU4763Feminist, Social and Political Philosophy of Language
Political Science
POLS UN3112GANDHI, KING & POLS OF NONVIOLENCE
POLS UN3177REASON AND POLITICS
POLS GU4722QUANT METH 2 STAT THEO&CAUS INF
POLS GU4823CHINA AND THE WORLD ECONOMY
Psychology
PSYC UN1021Science of Psychology: Explorations and Applications
PSYC UN2690Frontiers of Justice
PSYC GU4224Consciousness and Cognitive Science
PSYC GU4493Stress and the Brain
PSYC GU4880In Service of Equity: Examining Developmental Science through the Lens of Policy
Religion
RELI UN2335RELI IN BLACK AMERICA:AN INTRO
RELI GU4517After the Human
Slavic Languages
SLCL UN3101The Slavs: Myths, Literacies and Attitudes
CLRS UN3312Thinking Bodies: Literature, Film, Performance
UKRN GU4121Agent of Change: Ukrainian Art Between Revolutions
CLSL GU4009Hegel: State, History, Freedom
Writing
WRIT UN3320Provocations in Twentieth-Century Poetics
Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
WMST UN3655Gender and Public Health: Disparities, Pathways, and Policies

Summer 2020 Newly Approved Courses

Last update: 6/26/20

African American and African Diaspora Studies
AFAS UN1001INTRO TO AFRICAN-AMER STUDIES
AFAM GU4000 Gospel Music in Modern America
AFAM GU4468 Post-1945 Jazz
Anthropology
ANTH S1008THE RISE OF CIVILIZATION
Art History and Archaeology
AHIS S2409Architecture, 1750-1890
AHIS S2600THE ARTS OF CHINA
AHIS S4654 Painting in the Mid-Twentieth Century, 1929- 1980
AHIS S4655 Performing the City
Biochemistry
BCHM GU4501BIOCHEM I-STRUCTURE/METABOLISM
Biology
BIOL GU4310Virology
Classics
CLCV UN3059WORLDS OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT
CLCV UN3111PLATO&CONFUCIUS: COMP ANC PHIL
Earth and Environmental Sciences
EESC UN1004 Dinosaurs and the History of Life
Economics
ECON GU4301ECONOMIC GROWTH & DEVELOPMNT I
ECON GU4321Economic Development
ECON GU4370Political Economy
English and Comparative Literature
CLEN OC3245 Black Americans and the City of Light
ENGL S3826 Jane Austen and the Poets
CLEN S3484 Inventions of the Self: Autofiction, Therapy, and Neuroplasticity
CLEN S3987Q Narrative Forms of Medicine: Forms of Autobiography
ENGL S3493ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS OF THE BIBLE
CLEN S4521 Topics in Comparative Literature: Defining Life
French
FREN UN3242French Language, Culture, and Society through the Discovery of Paris
FREN UN3883French Civilization through Graphic Novels and Cinemas
CLFR GU4020Contemporary Migrations in the French & North African Context
History
HIST UN2478US INTELLECTUAL HIST 1865-PRES
HIST UN2952Pandemics: A Global History
HIST UN333520TH CENT NEW YOUR CITY HIST
HIST UN3998SUPERVISED INDEPENDENT RSRCH
Italian
ITAL UN3643 History of Italian Cinema
Music
AHMM UN3320MUSIC IN EAST ASIA
MUSI UN2240The Song Within Us: Composition, Analysis, Performance
Philosophy
HUMA S1200PHILOSOPHICAL REFLECTIONS ON LOVE, LOSS, & HUMAN NATURE
PHIL UN3800PHILOSOPHY, JUSTICE AND SOCIAL ACTIVISM
Physics
PHYS UN1111Origins and Meaning
Political Science
POLS UN3100Justice
POLS UN3260LATINO POLITICAL EXPERIENCE
POLS UN3671 China's Foreign Relations
POLS UN3720RESEARCH DESIGN: SCOPE AND METHODS
POLS GU4708EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH: EXPLORING POLITICAL PHENOMENA
POLS GU4835FRML&INFRML TERRORIST ACTRS
Psychology
PSYC UN1991Global Behavioral Science - Summer Practicum
PSYC UN2470Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology
PSYC UN2280Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Religion
RELI UN1612Religion and the History of Hip Hop
RELI S2335 Religion in Black America: An Introduction
RELI S4619 Islam in Popular Culture
Sociology
SOCI UN1050Understanding Society
Statistics
STAT GU4224BAYESIAN STATISTICS
Sustainable Development
SDEV GU4250CLIMATE CHANGE:RESILIENCE&ADAPTATION
Women's Studies
WMST UN2340Women, Power, and Popular Music
Writing
WRIT UN3215WRITING THE VISUAL

Fall 2020 Newly Approved Courses

Last update: 8/21/20

American Studies
AMST UN3930Tocqueville: The Democratic Mind
Anthropology
ANTH UN3624Radical Realisms: Anthropology, Modernism, Fiction
ANTH UN3664FIELDWORK AT EDGE OF THE VIDEO FRAME
ANTH UN3725Politics of Recognition
ANTH GU4145Zora
Art History and Archaeology
AHIS UN3316Mediterranean Maps
AHIS UN3327Building Before Industrialization
AHIS UN3417Medieval Revival: Collecting, Copying, and Co-opting the Past
AHIS UN3453Women Artists in Eighteenth-Century Europe
AHIS UN3503Contemporary Arts of Africa
AHIS GU4532The Lives of Titian
AHIS GU4574Picturing a New World: Illustrated Manuscripts in Early Colonial Mexico and Peru
AHIS GU4740Re-Reading American Photographs
AHIS GU4948American Government Architecture: Governance and Governmentality
Burmese
BURM UN2101Intermediate Burmese
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
CSER UN3303Whiteness, Sentiment and Political Belonging
CSER UN3444The Decolonial Appeal: Desiring Decolonization in Sites of Representation
CSER GU4361 Documenting Disaster
Classics
CLCV UN3008The Age of Augustus
Committee on Global Thought
CGTH GU4325Freedom of Expression and Information in the Time of Globalization
Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
CPLS GU4235The Novel and Neuroscience
CPLS GU4810Theories of the Subject
Earth and Environmental Sciences
EESC GU4524Biogeochemistry
East Asian Languages and Cultures
TIBT UN2710ADVANCED LITERARY TIBETAN
EAAS UN3343Japanese Contemporary Cinema and Media Culture
JPNS UN3401JAPANESE POP CULTURE
VIET GU4101MIXED ADVANCED VIETNAMESE I
CHNS GU4112ADVANCED BUSINESS CHINESE
EARL GU4410TIBETAN MONASTIC INSTITUTIONS
EAAS GU4236CHINA'S LONG 1980's: INTERROGATING THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF REFORM AND OPENING
EARL GU4510ASIA GOES TO HELL
English and Comparative Literature
ENGL UN3018DESPAIR AND APOCALYPSE IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
ENGL UN3032Pope
ENGL UN3475Aestheticism: Art and Life
CLEN UN3564Dostoevsky and Nabokov: Narratives of Transgression and Madness
ENGL UN3648Comics, Health, and Embodiment
ENGL UN3805The Political Novel
ENGL UN3728American Transcendentalism
ENGL GU4232TRADE AND TRAFFIC WITH EARLY MODERN ENGLAND
ENGL GU4812Conquests, Colonialism, and the Normans
ENGL GU4836BLACK LITERATURE AND VISUAL ART: STUDIES IN COLLABORATION
French
CLFR GU4421The Caribbean Digital
CLFR GU4500Pandemics in Francophone Literature and History
Germanic Languages
CLGR UN3000Grimms' Fairy Tales: Power, Gender & Narrative
CLGR GU4000Literature and Rhetoric (in German and English)
History
HIST UN2003Empire & Nation-Building East Central Europe
HIST UN2883The History of the End of the World
HIST UN3023Mobility and Identity in the Roman World
HIST UN3234The Idea of Conspiracy in European Culture
HIST UN2565American History at the Movies
HIST UN3241Global Urban History of Housing Justice
HIST UN3272Modern Southeast Asian History
HIST GU4229POLITICS & SEXUALITY IN THE COLD WAR
HIST GU4438POLITICAL HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICA
HIST GU4692Violence in Mexico: A Historical Approach
HIST GU4693WRITERS ON HISTORY: THOMAS MANN
HIST GU4812The People’s Republic of China and the World
HIST GU4926Spatial History Lab
HIST GU4927Mapping 19th Century New York
HIST GU4943MODERN BALKAN HISTORIES
HIST GU4945SPORT & SOCIETY IN EASTERN EUROPE
Italian
ITAL UN3643History of Italian Cinema
CLIA GU4023Travel Literature in and from the Mediterranean, 18th-19th centuries
Jewish Studies
JWST GU4538History of Jews in the Islamic World in Modern Times
Latin American and Iberian Cultures
SPAN UN3366Unseen Things: Fantastic Narratives in Contemporary Spain
SPAN UN3887The End of Monuments
SPAN UN3888Women Without Measure: Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art
PORT GU4033Language & Queer Brazil (ENG)
PORT GU4466 The Imaginaries of Asia and Latin America
Linguistics
LING UN3103Language, Brain and Mind
Mathematics
MATH GU4200MATHEMATICS AND THE HUMANITIES
MATH GU4391INTRO TO QUANTUM MECHANICS
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
MDES UN3421Islamic Central Asia
MDES UN3422Infrastructure Matters: Development, Environment, Political Struggle
MDES GU4265Sufism, Sharia, and Politics
MDES GU4629Transregional
MDES GU4713Persian for Heritage Speakers I
MDES GU4718Persian Poetry (In Translation)
MDES GU4915A History of African Cities
Music
MUSI UN3431Sensing the Amazon: Song, Sound & Image
MUSI GU4108Critical Approaches to Opera Studies
Physics
SCNC UN3002Chernobyl
Political Science
POLS UN3534AUTOCRACY AND DEMOCRACY
POLS UN3704RESEARCH DESIGN: DATA ANALYSIS
POLS GU4423POLITICAL ECONOMY ANALYSIS OF ELITES & INSTITUTIONS
POLS GU4700MATH & STATS FOR POLI SCI
POLS GU4813 International Conflict Experts
POLS GU4814 Civil and Ethnic War
Psychology
PSYC GU4202Theories of Change in Human Development
PSYC GU4282The Neurobiology and Psychology of Play
PSYC GU4612Frontiers of Justice
PSYC GU4930Fundamentals of Human Brain Imaging: from theory to practice
Public Health
PUBH UN3400Data Science and Health Equity in New York City
Religion
RELI UN1320Losing My Religion
RELI UN2506From Exodus to the Coronavirus: Scriptures and Narratives of Religious Responses to Epidemics
RELI UN2312Religion and Nasty Women
RELI UN3207In the Margins of the Middle Ages: Religious Minorities in the Medieval Latin West
RELI UN3208Aaahh Real Monsters: Critical Monster Studies
RELI UN3232Museums and Sacred Things
RELI GU4207Religion and the Afro-Native Experience
RELI GU4209Religion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary Black America
RELI GU4213Islam and the Secular: Rethinking Concepts of Religion in North-Western Africa and the Middle East
RELI GU4222Heidegger and Derrida
RELI GU4307BUDDHISM & DAOISM IN CHINA
RELI GU4417Recovering Place
Sociology
SOCI UN3120Trust and Mistrust in Science and Expertise
SOCI UN3677The Organization of Diversity
SOCI UN3966The News: The Profession of Journalism Goes Digital
SOCI GU4801Israell and the Palestinians
Slavic Languages
CLRS GU4213Cold War Reason: Cybernetics and the Systems Sciences
TWI
TWI UN2101Intermediate Twi I
Visual Arts
VIAR UN3134Painting: Color, Materials and Techniques
Women's Studies
WMST UN3225TRANSGENDER STUDIES - THEMES AND TOPICS
WMST UN3265Queer & Trans Migration
WMST GU4235Indigenous Feminisms
Writing
WRIT UN3019Prose Poem or Poetic Prose?—Defining and Exploring a Literary Genre
WRIT UN3023Hauntings: Ghosts, Presences & Residues in the Literary Imagination