There are 59 Departments of Instruction offering more than 80 different Areas of Study for students in Columbia College. A complete listing of majors and concentrations offered by Columbia College is available under Columbia College Programs of Study.
Areas of Study
What majors are offered in Columbia College?
Are there advisors for specific departmental majors?
Yes. All departments will assign faculty advisors to every student committing to either a major or concentration in that department.
Can I minor in Columbia College?
No. Columbia College does not offer minors, but students may elect to complete a concentration which demands fewer requirements than a major. A concentration is alone sufficient for graduation.
Can I minor in the Engineering School?
Yes. The Engineering school offers both engineering and liberal arts minors for students.
Does Columbia allow students to double (or triple) major?
Yes. Students are allowed to take on more than one major. Doing so, however, is likely to require additional coursework and may not be possible in four years.
Does Columbia offer pre-professional majors?
Columbia College does not offer any specific pre-professional majors, such as "pre-med" or "pre-law." However, many students at Columbia aspire to professional fields and take courses, perform research and intern in order to better understand their anticipated careers. For undergraduates who hope to apply to medical school, law school or other professional schools, the Office of Pre-Professional Advising will assist students in applying and work with them throughout the application process.
What academic requirements are necessary for graduating from Columbia Engineering?
What is the difference between a major and a concentration?
The purpose of the major or concentration requirement is to give each student the experience of doing sustained and advanced work, including individual research, in a field of special interest. A major consists of intensive study in one department involving the satisfaction of a variety of requirements; a concentration demands fewer departmental course points or requirements than a major.