For more than 100 years, the Core Curriculum has been the defining element of a Columbia College education. It’s a communal learning experience that cultivates community-wide discourse and deliberate contemplation around seminal works, contemporary issues and humanity’s most enduring questions.
Discover how the Core's transformative shared experience helps to shape an intellectual community that spans disciplines and generations.
Intellectually expansive. Personally transformative.
One of the distinctive features of the Core is that it is designed to transcend disciplines. It introduces cornerstone ideas and theories from across literature, philosophy, history, science and the arts, inviting your curiosity, reflection and critique, in conversation with others.
In most Core classes, you’ll engage with primary works that contain some of the most significant thoughts, images and sounds created, from Homer to Toni Morrison, Plato to Gandhi, Raphael to Andy Warhol, and the composers of Gregorian Chants to Kaija Saariaho.
As you collectively explore what these works mean to you as an individual, you’ll grapple with the joys and challenges of what it means to be human.