Arts & Humanities

The Thinker

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.

Giants Among Us

Professor James Schamus

Students Make Core Curriculum Texts Their Own

The winners of the 2018 Core Scholars Program reanalyze, reinterpret, and remake some of the seminal works read in Columbia’s signature Core.

The Varsity Show boasts many famous alumni

The Varsity Show, now in its 127th year, boasts alumni like Rodgers and Hammerstein, Art Gunfunkel, Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey and Terrence McNally. The full-length student-produced musical is Columbia’s oldest performing arts tradition.


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Giants Among Us

Professor Farah Griffin

Exploring a Global Education

Owen Monroe '20CC discusses the impact that his experience abroad had on his approach to the study of culture and the arts.

Columbia College Alumni Find Continued Success on Broadway

From the revival of Tony Kushner's CC'78 Angels in America to Tom Kitt's CC'96 work as Musical Producer for Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical, Columbia College alumni are finding continued success on broadway.


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“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.

Nine Columbia Students, Alumni Receive Fulbrights

Nine recently graduated seniors and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. student grants. The Fulbright will allow them to undertake individually-designed international research and study projects or teach primary and secondary school in English-language classrooms in six different countries.

“The fact that I’ve been able to take Swahili, Spanish, German and now Persian at Columbia is a testament to the incredible amount of resources available to me as a student and as a linguistics major. ”

Marybeth S.