Arts & Humanities

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Arts & Humanities

From understanding the forces of globalization to engaging in critical discussions about societies to expressing human yearning through the arts — in all of the areas calling out for intellectual attention at the highest levels, Columbia assembles strengths unique among the very best universities.

Columbia Professor on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" (youtube video)

Andrew Delbanco, the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies, reaches new heights while lecturing on “Moby Dick.” 

Students Make Core Curriculum Texts Their Own

The winners of the 2014 Core Scholars Program reanalyze, reinterpret, and remake some of the seminal works read in Columbia’s signature Core.


conservatory-caliber arts majors and programs

Taking a Spin Through New York City’s History

History Professor Kenneth T. Jackson hosts his annual all-night, 200-person bike ride for students in his History of the City of New York class.

Giants Among Us

Professor Farah Griffin

Professor and alumnus Wm. Theodore de Bary receives National Humanities Medal

Wm. Theodore de Bary ’41CC, ’53GSAS, the John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus, has been named by President Barack Obama ’83CC as one of 10 recipients of the 2013 National Humanities Medal for his pioneering work in East Asian studies.

Students Produce 120th Varsity Show

Full-length student-produced musical is Columbia’s oldest performing arts tradition.

“Classes such as African Civilization and West African History have encouraged me to gain more insight into the inner workings of the continent and its people and to become a part of it on many intellectual and social levels.”

Jake O.

String Theory performs the theme to Game of Thrones (youtube video)

String Theory, Columbia’s premiere cello ensemble, performs across campus.

Orchesis, a completely student-run Columbia dance troupe, produces large-scale dance productions

Orchesis, a completely student-run Columbia dance troupe, puts on large-scale dance productions and also plans dance-related social events for its members.


foreign languages offered