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's Artistic Supplements (pdf, 665KB)

Columbia accepts optional supplementary materials in the areas of dance, drama and theatre arts, music, jazz studies or visual arts through the electronic portal of Slideroom for the application review process.

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 2016 Core Scholars Program reanalyze, reinterpret, and remake some of the seminal works read in Columbia’s signature Core.


conservatory-caliber arts majors and programs

Exploring a Global Education

Anjelica Neslin ’16CC reflects on how her semester abroad in Argentina influenced her approach to her American studies and Hispanic studies majors.

Giants Among Us

Professor Farah Griffin

Brandon Victor Dixon ’03CC is 'Hamilton's new Aaron Burr

Dixon, an alum of the Varsity Show, will play the archnemesis of King’s College alum Alexander Hamilton in Broadway’s smash hit hip-hop musical.
“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.

Students Produce 122nd Varsity Show

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

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

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

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.

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.