The Undergraduate Program
The Department of History at Columbia is one of the leading centers of historical scholarship in the world. It is also a department deeply committed to undergraduate education. Teaching Columbia and Barnard undergraduates is among our faculty's greatest privileges. Our undergraduate curriculum covers most areas of the world and most periods of written history. Our courses employ many different approaches to the past. We emphasize no particular brand of history, no single interpretive model, and we encourage our students to experiment with a wide range of ideas. Our principal goal in the undergraduate classroom is to develop the intellectual breadth and analytical skills of our students. To that end, our courses emphasize working with both primary and secondary sources and developing acuity in critical writing.
For information see the Undergraduate Handbook, list of courses, and profiles of our faculty. We encourage you as well to contact the department's Undergraduate Administrator, KC Fisher, any member of the Undergraduate Education Committee (UNDED), the Undergraduate History Council (UHC) or individual members of the faculty.
View the Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information about the undergraduate program.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
322M Fayerweather Hall
Undergraduate Program Administrator
413 Fayerweather Hall