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Classes to Take Before You Die I Mean Graduate: The List

We asked and you answered. Below, read the list, compiled from all of your comments, of classes to take before you graduate. The classes are separated by department, then professor, with a separate section for Global Core. Bolded classes are being offered this semester. Go shop and get inspired!

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American Studies: Andrew Delbanco, Foundations of American Literature

Anthropology: Rosalind Morris, Mythology

Art History: Rosalyn Deutsch

Astronomy and Physics: Jacqueline Van Gorkom, Beyond the Solar System

Biology: Solomon Mowshowitz, Immunology

Biology: Nataliya Galafiankis, General Physiology

Chemistry: James Leighton, Organic Chemistry

Civil Engineering: Jose Sanchez, Engineering Graphics

Classics: Gareth Williams, Selections From Latin Literature: Horace

Core: Mark Lilla, Lit Hum; CC

E3B: Jill Shapiro, Explorations in Primate Anatomy

Economics: Xavier Sala-I-Martin, Intermediate Macroeconomics

Economics: Sunil Gulati, Principles of Economics

Electrical Engineering: David Vallancourt, Intro to Electrical Engineering; Digital Information Era

English: James Shapiro, Shakespeare II, Shakespearean Poetry

English: Erik Gray, Victorian Poetry, Romantic Poetry

English: Nicholas Dames, The Victorian Novel

English: Edward Mendelson, Critical Reading, Critical Writing

English: Brent Edwards, Jazz and the Literary Imagination

English: Stephen Massimilla, Modernist British Fiction

History: Alan Brinkley, America since 1945

History: David Rosner, Social History of American Public Health

History: Kenneth Jackson, History of the City of New York

History: Samuel Roberts, Race, Technology and Health in US History

History: Eric Foner, United States in the Era of Civil War and Reconstruction

Linguistics: John McWhorter, Intro to Linguistics

Mathematics: Mu-Tao Wang, Differentiable Manifolds

Mathematics: Dave Bayer, Linear Algebra

Philosophy: Christia Mercer

Physics: Brian Cole, From Quarks to the Cosmos

Political Science: Andrew Nathan, Chinese Foreign Policy

Psychology: Catherine Monk, Abnormal Psychology

Religion: Peter Awn, Islam

Sociology: Shamus Khan, The Social World

Spanish: Francisco Rosales-Varo, Intermediate Spanish I; Spanish Pragmatics

Visual Arts: Thomas Roma, Photo I

Visual Arts: Jon Kessler, Sculpture II

Visual Arts: Rirkrit Tiravanija

Women’s and Gender Studies: Lila Abu-Lughod, Women and Gender Politics in the Muslim World

Women’s and Gender Studies: Beck Young

Global Core

Anthropology: The Rise of Civilization

Anthropology: Mahmood Mamdani, Major Debates in the Study of Africa

Center for Ethnicity and Race: Intro to Comparative Ethnic Studies

EALAC: Gregory Pflugfelder, Cultural History of Japanese Monsters

Religion: Michael Como, Intro to East Asian Buddhism

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37 Comments

  • CC says:

    @CC yeaaaaah Pflug!

    And yeah Como, though I’d prefer his Japanese Religious Traditions and Bodies and Spirits in East Asia to the Buddhism class. he’s the nicest.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Como’s the best!!!

  • it's says:

    @it's *Lila* Abu-Lughod, Women and Gender *Politics* in the Muslim World

  • whaaaat says:

    @whaaaat no reacting!?

    1. Help please? says:

      @Help please? Anyone have a good American History course to P/D/F if you just want to try out the area?

      1. cc'11 says:

        @cc'11 Brinkley, Post-1945 America
        Fields, History of the South

  • Leighton Chemistry says:

    @Leighton Chemistry was awful. Breslow was much better

    1. you're joking says:

      @you're joking Breslow had terrible handwriting and talked into the board. It was awesome having him as a teacher, but Leighton was a way better lecturer.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Shoutout to Francisco (Spanish) – nicest, most helpful Columbia prof I have yet to encounter.

  • SCIENCE! says:

    @SCIENCE! Yeah, Cultural History of Japanese Monsters is a preeetty, preeetty, preetty fun way of fufilling the Global Core.

    New Contender: Latin American Fiction w/ Alfred MacAdam.

    Demand: Could we get some painless (low-attendance, straightfoward work, easy grading) science req. recs?

  • Islam says:

    @Islam is also a global core ;)

  • lol says:

    @lol I find it a little funny that there are only 2 engineering courses on this list… and in reality there’s actually only 1 – Engineering Graphics has absolutely nothing to do with engineering (I’ve taken it)

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I laughed when Physiology was up there in the list. Such an easy A. Just don’t attend lectures.

  • i'd also add- says:

    @i'd also add- Jose Ruiz Campillo for spanish-he’s brilliant, hysterical, low pressure, and you learn so much without even realizing because you’re having a blast-that’s not meant to sound lazy, it’s just a total boon in a language class.

    Also, any english class with Victoria Rosner, especially Fin de Siecle. She is INCREDIBLE-wonderful lecturer, very funny lady, chooses amazing readings, very accessible during office hours, and really helps you get the best out of yourself in general. Just really, really great.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous you are so Eva

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous HI EVA!

        1. listen you guys says:

          @listen you guys i’m just being miley

  • MechE says:

    @MechE mechatronics

  • Yes says:

    @Yes Como is great! His course on Japanese Religious Traditions course might be a better suggestion though (Fall semester course)

  • Mowshowitz's Immunology says:

    @Mowshowitz's Immunology For the love of God, yes.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Lila Abu-Lughod is a brilliant writer and anthropologist, but she’s far from the best teacher. Women and Gender Politics is pretty disorganized and disjointed, and it really compromises the quality of the course. The content is interesting, but that almost makes it more frustrating. I think there are much better Women’s Studies classes to be taken….

  • Chemistry says:

    @Chemistry Scott Snyder: Organic Chemistry I and II.
    Hands down the best lecturer ever

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Shitty list.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Khalidi’s “History of the Modern Middle East” should be on that list! It’s Global Core…

  • Lee Bollinger says:

    @Lee Bollinger RYAN CHANEY!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Mark Lilla is a genius. Changed my life, no kidding. :)

  • no no no says:

    @no no no Physio? Really? Easyish A, but she can’t lecture for shit. Three-fourths of the class walk out after each weekly quiz.

    And nooo to Orgo. Snyder is alright, but I don’t get how people love him.

  • AWN says:

    @AWN Islam is not to be missed.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Organic Chemistry – Nicholas Turro

    Intro to Matlab – Itsik Pe’er

    Intro to Ear Training – Patrick Zimmerli

    Calc III – Josh Greene

    Calc IV – Ovidiu Savin

  • !!! says:

    @!!! mamdani is hands down the best professor i’ve had at columbia

  • Yes on Awn says:

    @Yes on Awn Another voice to recommend Dean Awn’s amazing Islam class. Far and away the best class I’ve had at Columbia so far. I’d even recommend it to people who wouldn’t otherwise be interested in the subject, simply because Awn’s lectures are so incredible. Take that class!

  • Also says:

    @Also Judith Russell is another great Columbia professor. Very smart, she frequently goes off on tangents but is always entertaining and at the end of the semester as I was writing my final paper I realized I’d learned a lot more than I thought I had. Plus I don’t know if I’ve run into another professor who cares so much about students. She is always available to help out, and has frequently helped students applying for political internships. Smart + nice = worth taking any of her classes

  • Kay Achar says:

    @Kay Achar The enrollment cap on POLS W4871, Chinese Foreign Politics, is being raised. If you were unable to add the course because it was full, spaces should be available beginning Friday, January 21.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous gulati!!!!!! l0ooveee that man

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Agreed! Immunology is a great class!

    But why is Physio on this list?

  • E3B says:

    @E3B JILL SHAPIRO PRIMATE ANATOMY! Take it. SO much fun and she is INCREDIBLE. Favorite class I’ve taken.

  • Yess says:

    @Yess Awn for Islam. Brilliant lecturer. Heavy reading, but even that is all very interesting. You come away feeling like a subject-matter expert.

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