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.

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.


conservatory-caliber arts majors and programs
“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.

Giants Among Us

Professor Farah Griffin

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.

Students Produce 124th Varsity Show

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


foreign languages offered
“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.

Columbia and The Museum of Modern Art Acquires Frank Lloyd Wright Collection

The vast archives of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright will become part of their permanent collections.

Columbia Alumnus Debuts Opera at Met

Nico Muhly, CC’03 composed “Two Boys,” which recently made its American debut. At 32, he is the youngest person to have an opera commissioned by the Met.