Please note that students intending to write a senior thesis are strongly encouraged to enroll in a seminar for which they will write a substantial research paper during their junior year. Students should confirm with the seminar instructor that they will be asked to write a research paper. Please see pages 6 and 14-15 in the Undergraduate Handbook for more information.

Fall 2016 Seminar Enrollment Procedures

Undergraduate seminars that originate from the Department of History (at Columbia or Barnard) are grouped in three categories:

  • Category A seminars do not require instructor's permission. Students may freely enroll until the enrollment cap is met, or add themselves to a wait list (for most seminars, the cap is 15 students).
  • Category B seminars require instructor's permission (but not an application). Students MUST email the professor prior to the start of classes, then enroll themselves during their registration period. (Note that if you do not obtain permission, you run the risk of removal from the course. All Barnard seminars require permission.)
  • Category C seminars require permission via an application. Students must file a seminar application with the department during the seminar application window. The Fall 2016 seminar application period has ended. Students may inquire about any open spaces by emailing Sia at

Please note that graduate students may enroll in any 4000-level or above seminar, as well as a few 3000-level seminars, with instructor's permission.

NEW Sophomore Seminars: This year, Barnard is offering two seminars especially for first and second year students; permission is required for all Columbia and Barnard students.

Last Updated: September 1st, 2016

Click on the course number for a detailed course description:

  • HIST UN 3050 Youth in Ancient Rome -- Evan Jewell -- Wednesdays 2:10-4PM
  • HIST UN 3335 20th Century New York City -- Kenneth Jackson -- Mondays 4:10-6PM
  • HIST UN 3490 The Global Cold War -- Paul Chamberlin-- Tuesdays 12:10-2PM
  • HIST UN 3569 U.S. in the Nuclear Age --Meg Jacobs -- Thursdays 12:10-2PM
  • HIST UN 3644 Modern Jewish Intellectual History --Michael Stanislawski -- Thursdays 4:10-6PM
  • HIST UN 3739 The "Islamic" City -- Zeynep Celik -- Fridays 12:10-2PM
  • HIST UN 3767 African Migration Since 1900 -- John Straussberger -- Tuesdays 10:10-12PM
  • HIST UN 3929 War & Memory -- Henry Rousso -- Thursdays 4:10-6PM
  • HIST UN 3979 Childhood & Policy in Europe and the U.S. -- Anna Halperin -- Wednesdays 12:10-2PM
  • HIST UN 3993 Healthcare & the Welfare State -- George Aumoithe -- Mondays 6:10-8PM
  • HIST GU 4000 Wealth and Poverty in the Classical World -- Nathan Pilkington -- Thursdays 4:10-6PM
  • HIST UN 4211 The 60's Generation in Ukraine and Eastern Europe -- Simone Bellezza -- Thursdays 2:10-4PM
  • HIST GU 4218 The Black Sea in History -- Catherine Evtuhov -- Thursdays 12:10-2PM
  • HIST GU 4235 Central Asia: Imperial Legacies, New Images -- Gulnar Kendirbai -- Mondays 2:10-4PM
  • HIST GU 4269 Justice after War and Conflict in 20th Century Europe -- Dimitris Kousouris -- Tuesdays 2:10-4PM
  • HIST GU 4285 Russia After Stalin: 1953-2014 -- Tarik Amar -- Mondays 10:10-12PM
  • HIST GU 4364 The Other Idea of Europe: The 20th Century's History of Mass Annihilation -- Abram de Swaan -- Mondays 4:10-6PM
  • HIST GU 4455 Transnational Migration & Citizenship -- Mae Ngai -- Tuesdays 10:10-12PM
  • HIST GU 4547 Telling LGBT History -- David Eisenbach, Sarah Witte -- Wednesdays 12:10-2PM


Last Updated: September 1st, 2016

Please email professors or visit during their office hours to ask for permission to enroll. After receiving permission, please enroll yourself during your next registration period. Note that if you do not secure permission from the instructor, you run the risk of being removed from the course. Click on the course number for a detailed course description:

  • HIST UN 3347 Europe and Islam in the Modern Period -- Sarah Ghabrial ( -- Tuesdays 4:10-6PM
  • HIST BC 3444 Freedom Dreams: Struggles for Justice in the U.S. & Beyond -- Premilla Nadasen ( -- Wednesdays 2:10-4PM
  • HIST BC 3549 A History of Violence: Force and Power in Early America -- Andrew Lipman ( -- Mondays 2:10-4PM (NEW Sophomore Seminar)
  • AMHS UN 3580 American Cultural Criticism -- Casey Blake (attend first class for instructor's permission; do not email professor) -- Tuesdays 2:10-4 PM
  • HIST BC 3830 Bombay/Mumbai and its Imaginaries -- Anupama Rao ( -- Wednesdays 6:10-8PM
  • HIST BC 3870 Gender and Migration: A Global Perspective -- Jose Moya ( -- Tuesdays, 2:10-4PM (NEW Sophomore Seminar)
  • HIST BC 3904 Introduction to Historical Theory and Method -- Joel Kaye ( -- Mondays 2:10-4PM
  • HIST UN 3911 Medicine and Western Civilization -- David Rothman -- Mondays 4:10-6PM (please email his TA, Kristy for permission:
  • HIST GU 4288 Russia at War, 1462-1945 -- Sergei Antonov ( -- Wednesdays 4:10-6PM
  • HIST GU 4377 Cold War Public Diplomacy -- Victoria Phillips ( -- Thursdays 6:10-8PM
  • HIST GU 4588 Race, Drugs, and Inequality: Harm Reduction in the 20th Century and Beyond -- Samuel Roberts (please fill out an instructor managed application to request permission) -- Wednesdays 10:10-12PM
  • INAF U6379 Secrecy, Privacy and Surveillance -- Matt Connelly (; select undergraduates may take this course by requesting the instructor's permission and filling out a registration readjustment form) -- R 9:00-10:50AM

Last Updated: April 14th, 2016

The fall 2016 application was open from March 22nd-April 11th, 2016, but there are still spaces open. Please email Sia at for more information.

HIST UN 3306 The Women's Suffrage Movement

Wednesdays 10:10-12PM

Susan Pedersen

The British women’s suffrage movement was one of the significant and dramatic social movements of modern times.  Tens of thousands of women joined suffrage organizations and took part in suffrage activism in the decade before World War I, some of them adopting what were known as “militant” tactics of public disturbance and property damage, and of the hunger-strike in prison.  The suffrage question and the spectacle of militancy preoccupied politicians, divided parties, friends and families, mesmerized the public and the press, and utterly transformed the lives of the women who became caught up in it.  The movement spawned novels, plays, and artistic works of all kinds; it fostered new political theories and practices; it created new identities and new psychological orientations.  Historians to this day argue over its meanings and legacies.


HIST UN 3683 Violence and History in Latin America

Wednesdays 4:10-6PM

Pablo Piccato

This course will build the conceptual tools to understand Latin American violence in a historical perspective. We will look at violence as a component of oppressive power, class and gender relations. We will also consider the productive effects of violence, as violent practices constitute politics, nationalism, masculinity and revolutionary thought. We will also look at the way in which violence, particularly state but also revolutionary violence, generated enduring social efforts to seek justice and preserve the memory of victims. The course will combine readings on theory, history and the social sciences intended to build a historical perspective. In the second half of the semester, the focus will turn to the research and writing of a paper that will be based on primary sources but will also engage the readings from the first part of the semester. 


HIST GU 4923 Narratives of WWII

Tuesdays 10:10-12PM

Carol Gluck

An examination of literary and cinematic narratives of the Second World War produced in the decades since 1940 in Europe, America, and Asia. The analytic approach centers both on the historicity of, and the history in, the texts, with the goal of questioning the nature of narrative in different forms through a blend of literary and historical approaches.

Cross-listed Fall 2016 Seminars

Last Updated: 9/1/16

The following courses were approved to count towards the history major and concentration but do not originate from the department. Please consult the Directory of Classes for enrollment instructions.

  • MDES UN 3915 -- A History of African Cities -- Mamadou Diouf -- Tuesdays 4:10-6PM
  • CSER UN 3928 -- Colonization/Decolonization -- Mae Ngai -- Wednesdays 4:10-6PM
  • HSEA GU 4030 -- Colonial and Post Colonial Korea -- Charles Armstrong -- Tuesdays 12:10-2PM
  • CSER GU 4600 -- Histories of Mass Incarceration: Race, Punishment, and the Carceral State -- Max Mishler-- Wednesdays 12:10-2PM
  • HSEA GU 4700 -- Rise of Modern Tibet: 1600-1913 -- Gray Tuttle -- Tuesdays 4:10-6PM
  • CSER GU 4701 -- Troubling the Color Line -- Karl Jacoby -- Tuesdays 2:10-4PM
  • HSEA GU 4881 -- Gods, Ghosts and Ancestors -- Robert Hymes -- Tuesdays 4:10-6PM
  • HSEA GU 4884 -- Merchants, Markets and State -- Madeline Zelin -- Thursdays 4:10-6PM
  • HSEA GU 4888 -- Women & Gender in Korean History -- Jungwon Kim -- Mondays 4:10-6PM
  • SOSC P 8757 -- The Global Politics of Aging (open to advanced undergrads and grads) -- Kavita Sivaramakrishnan -- W 1:00-3:30PM