Important Updates for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. The summer semester will be divided into two shorter blocks of seven weeks: summer A and summer B. That’s where the Columbia Core Curriculum—our general education requirements for all undergraduate students, and courses that are generally outside of your major—comes in. Have a Core Issue to Discuss? The Core curriculum, taken by all incoming students in their first semester, consists of six broad areas of study known as “studios.” These studios, which are broken down into 16 modules, build on each other to provide a broad, interlocking foundation of knowledge essential for a career in public health. Because Core conversations are about human questions of the deepest order, they serve as vehicles for individuals from sometimes starkly different backgrounds to experience what it means to see the world through someone else’s eyes. The central intellectual mission of the Core is to provide all students with wide-ranging perspectives on significant ideas and achievements in literature, philosophy, history, music, art, and science. The Core Curriculum consists of five required courses in important books and works of art in the Western tradition. Students examine important texts from antiquity to the present that speak compellingly to the most basic and enduring questions of human life. By analyzing complex and challenging works closely and discussing them in small groups, we aim to develop in our students a capacity for deep inquiry and a life-long habit of self-examination and honest engagement with ideas. HUMACC1001/HUMAGS1001 Literature Humanities I will be offered only in the fall 2020 semester. The communal learning--with all students encountering the same texts and issues at the same time--and the critical dialogue experienced in small seminars are the distinctive features of the Core. View more information about Core registration and policies. All Core courses are taught in seminar format; that is, they are organized as conversations around a table that are led, but not dictated, by an instructor. The capacity for reasoned and civil conversation about fundamental questions is a critical capacity for democratic self-governance. Contemporary Civilization is taken by every College sophomore. As in all Core courses, each section of Literature Humanities has a maximum of 22 students, and every section reads the same syllabus in tandem. Courses in the Core Curriculum share four basic characteristics which, together, embody the College’s intellectual and institutional commitment to liberal arts education: They are uniform courses required of all students; They focus exclusively on primary texts, eschewing secondary or scholarly literature; They are taught as small, discussion-driven seminars; They are conceived as non-disciplinary courses taught by an interdisciplinary faculty. The courses you take in the Columbia Core help you develop transferable skills that will set you up for long-term … Every week, instructors in Literature Humanities and Contemporary Civilization meet over lunch to discuss the text to be taught the following week. The two year-long courses anchor the first and second-year experience of each student. Discussions begun in the classroom spill over into hallways, dining halls, and dormitories. The two year-long courses anchor the first and second-year experience of each student. Students learn to express themselves coherently and convincingly, to listen to opposing viewpoints and to evaluate them honestly, and to articulate the rationale for their positions in ways that can be understood by others. The Columbia Core is the result of debates and conversations among faculty that span the entire history of the modern College and that have evolved along with our understanding of the place of undergraduate education in the university and in the contemporary world. These formative intellectual encounters—the texts, issues, and questions of Core courses—also become touchstones to which students return again and again as they advance in their studies and mature in their lives. What do we think is, and what have we thought to be worth knowing? Core courses are taught by an interdisciplinary faculty and are not governed by disciplinary concerns. The Core educates by affirming each student's intellectual freedom, irreducible worth, moral autonomy, and dignity. The courses are meant to prompt students to grapple with fundamental questions of human existence and to think deeply about how the contemporary world has been shaped by the past. The Center for the Core Curriculum 202 Hamilton 212-854-2453 firstname.lastname@example.org.