**Please note that students intending to write a senior thesis for the Columbia History Department in the 2014-2015 Academic Year are strongly encouraged to enroll in a seminar for which they will write a substantial research paper. Students should therefore confirm with the seminar instructor that they will in fact be asked to write a research paper.
Spring 2014 Seminar Application Process
The department is implementing a new process with the hope that it will make registering for seminars easier. The department will continue to utilize the “Seminar Application Form” at faculty request and/or for the most popular seminars only. All other seminars will be capped at a maximum enrollment of 15 students. You will be allowed to register (and de-register) for these classes during any of the pre-registration periods. However, instructor’s permission is still required prior to officially registering for the course.
HIST W4000 - The Environmental History of the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BC to 700 AD
HIST W4176 – Into the East: European Merchants in Asian Markets
HIST W4200 – Beyond Serfdom: History of Modern Eastern and Central Europe
HIST W4202 – Early Modern Eastern Europe 1500-1800
HIST W4223 – Personality and Society in 19th-Century Russia
HIST W4300 – Modern Greece
HIST BC4324 – Vienna and the Birth of the Modern
HIST W4404 – Native American History
HIST BC4428 – Representing the Past: from Homer to Hollywood
HIST W4437 – Poisoned Worlds: Corporate Behavior and Public Health
HIST W4483 – Military History and Policy
HIST BC4500 - Maids and Madams: Nannies, Maids, and Care Workers in a Global Economy
HIST W4645 – Jews in Early Modern Europe
HIST W4700 – Utopia
HIST W4779 – Africa and France
HIST BC4791 – Lagos: From the Pepper Farm to the Mega-City
HIST BC4953 – Anarchism: A Global History
Please visit the professor during their office hours or email them to ask for permission to enroll. If you fail to secure permission from the instructor, the instructor can ask that you be removed. You will also have the ability to drop seminars using SSOL. Finally, students who receive the instructor’s permission to enroll in their seminar following the beginning of the term can register themselves via SSOL as long as seats remain available.
HIST W4*** - Constitutions and Democracy in the Middle East
HIST W4303 – History of Soft Power in Europe and the U.S.
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HIST W4358 – Themes in Intellectual History
HIST W4928 – Comparative Slavery and Emancipation in the Atlantic World
HIST W4412 – Americans and the Good Life
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COURSES REQUIRING THE “SEMINAR APPLICATION FORM”
1. Please complete a “Seminar Application Form” to formally apply for admission to any seminar that requires pre-application. Complete all of the information requested in the application. If you need the seminar to graduate in the Spring of 2014, please do not forget to note this.
2. Complete the application by 5:00 PM, on Monday, October 28th. Applications received after the 5:00 PM deadline on Monday, October 28th will NOT be accepted. There are no exceptions.
3. After the October 28th deadline, all applications will be reviewed by the seminar instructors. The order in which your application is received will not factor into admission decisions. Instructors may give priority, for example, to senior history majors who still need to fulfill their seminar requirement.
4. On Monday, November 4, the Undergraduate Administrator will email students who have been accepted into each seminar and those who are on a waitlist for each of the seminars.
5. If you choose not to enroll in a seminar for which you have been accepted, please notify the seminar professor and copy the Undergraduate Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately and not later than Thursday, November 7 at 5:00 PM, so that your spot can be given to a student on the waiting list. ALSO, if you have been accepted into two seminars that require the “Seminar Application Form,” you must let the Undergraduate Administrator know which of the two would prefer to take by Thursday, November 7 at 5:00 PM. (Please note that with the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Richard Billows, you may be able to remain enrolled in two seminars requiring the “Seminar Application Form”).
6. After the Thursday, November 7 deadline, I will be in touch with the Registrar to officially register all accepted students. Please note that SSOL will not allow you to register yourself for a seminar requiring the "Seminar Application Form," and that Barnard students should enter such courses on eBear during Early Registration.
If you choose to drop a seminar which required the “Seminar Application Form” after registration has taken place, please email both the instructor and the Undergraduate Administrator.
If you have any questions regarding the seminar application process, please contact KC Fisher, the Undergraduate Administrator, at email@example.com.