Humanities and Social Sciences

For listings of additional courses of interest to engineering students, consult the bulletins of Columbia College; the School of General Studies; the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; the Graduate School of Business; and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

COCI CC1101x-CC1102y Introduction to contemporary civilization in the West
4 pts. Lect: 4. Members of faculty.
Taught by members of the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, English and Comparative Literature, French, German, History, Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Slavic Languages, and Sociology; and members of the Society of Fellows. A study in their historical context of major contributions to the intellectual traditions that underpin contemporary civilization. Emphasis is on the history of political, social, and philosophical thought. Students are expected to write at least three papers to complete two examinations, and to participate actively in class discussions.

ECON UN1105x and y Principles of economics
4 pts. Professors Gulati, O'Flaherty, Musatti, Miller, and Vergate.
Corequisites: ECON UN1155 recitation section with the same instructor. How a market economy determines the relative prices of goods, factors of production, and the allocation of resources and the circumstances under which it does it efficiently. Why such an economy has fluctuations and how they may be controlled. Recitation section required.

ENGL CC1010x or y University writing
3 pts. Members of the faculty.                                                                                                                                    

University Writing helps undergraduates engage in the conversations that form our intellectual community. By reading and writing about scholarly and popular essays, students learn that writing is a process of continual refinement of ideas. Rather than approaching writing as an innate talent, this course teaches writing as a learned skill. We give special attention to textual analysis, research, and revision practices. It offers themed sections, all of which welcome students with no prior experience studying the theme. Students interested in a particular theme should register for the section within the specified range of section numbers.

Global Core
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 interact in it today. Courses in the Global Core typically explore the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East in an historical context. These courses are organized around a set of primary materials produced in these traditions and may draw from texts or other forms of media, as well as from oral sources or performance. Global Core courses fall into two categories, and can be, on occasion, a hybrid of the two types: those with a comparative, multidisciplinary, or interdisciplinary focus on specific cultures or civilizations, tracing their existence across a significant span of time and may include Europe and the U.S.; and those that address a common theme or set of analytic questions comparatively (and may include Europe and the U.S.). The Global Core requirement consists of courses that examine areas not the primary focus of Literature, Humanities and Contemporary Civilization and that, like other Core courses, are broadly introductory, interdisciplinary, and temporarily and/or spatially expansive.

HUMA CC1001x-CC1002y Masterpieces of Western literature and philosophy
4 pts. Lect: 4. Members of faculty.
Taught by members of the Departments of Classics, English and Comparative Literature, French, German, Italian, Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Religion, Slavic Languages, and Spanish; and members of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities. Major works by over twenty authors, ranging in time, theme, and genre from Homer to Virginia Woolf. Students are expected to write at least two papers, to complete two examinations each semester, and to participate actively in class discussions.

HUMA UN1121x or y Masterpieces of Western art
3 pts. Lect: 3. Members of faculty.
Discussion and analysis of the artistic qualities and significance of selected works of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Parthenon in Athens to works of the 20th century.

HUMA UN1123x or y Masterpieces of Western music
3 pts. Lect: 3. Members of faculty.
Popularly known as “Music Hum,” this course aims to instill in students a basic comprehension of the many forms of the Western musical imagination. The course involves students actively in the process of critical listening, both in the classroom and in concerts. Although not a history of Western music, the course is taught in chronological format and includes masterpieces by Josquin des Prez, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Charles Parker, among others.