**Please note that students intending to write a senior thesis for the Columbia History Department in the 2015-2016 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 2015 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.

A list of the Spring 2015 seminars that require instructor’s permission
* * As of November 14, 2014 * *

HIST BC4062 – Medieval Economic Life and Thought
Joel Kaye
T 4:10-6

HIST W4083 – Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages
Neslihan Senocak
R 2:10-4

HIST BC4119 – Capitalism and Enlightenment
Carl Wennerlind
T 2:10-4

HIST W4645 - Jews in Early Modern Europe
Elisheva Carlebach
F 9-10:50

HIST W4223 – Personality and Society in Nineteenth Century Russian Thought
Richard Wortman
M 4:10-6

HIST W4311 – European Romanticism
Michael Stanislawski
T 2:10-4

HIST BC4368 – History of the Senses in Britain and France
Deborah Valenze
T 11-12:50

HIST W4437 – Poisoned Worlds: Corporate Behavior and Public Health
David Rosner
W 9-10:50

HIST BC4491 – Making Barnard History: The Research Process
Robert McCaughey
M 2:10-4

HIST W4568 – American Landscapes before 1877 (Early American Landscapes)
Elizabeth Blackmar
R 11-12:50

HIST BC4587 – Remembering Slavery: Critiquing Modern Representations of the Peculiar Institution
Celia Naylor
T 11-12:50

HIST W4588 – Social History of Drugs and Drug Policy
Samuel Roberts
T 9-10:50

HIST W4604 – Jews and the City
Rebecca Kobrin
M 2:10-4

HIST BC4861 – Body Histories: Footbinding
Dorothy Ko
T 4:10-6

HIST W4678 - Indigenous Worlds in Early Latin America
Caterina Pizzigoni
W 4:10-6

Please visit professors 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.

A list of the Spring 2015 seminars that do not require instructor’s permission or a formal application
* * As of November 14, 2014 * *

HIST W4410 - Old and New Religions in the New World
Sam Haselby
M 11-12:50

HIST W4155 - Christian Missions in the Early Modern World
Bronwen McShea
R 11-12:50

HIST W4295 - Wars Within a War: A History of the Second World War in Eastern Europe
Jared McBride
T 6:10-8

HIST W4414 - Modern American Indian Social and Political History
Maria John
T 11-12:50

HIST W4715 - Jews, Christian, and Muslims in the Early Islamic World
Eve Krakowski
M 11-12:50

HIST W4779 - Africa & France
Gregory Mann
R 2:10-4

HIST W4670 - Culture and Politics in Brazil, 1960-1989
Marcelo Ridenti
W 9-10:50

HIST W4010 - The Roman World in Late Antiquity
Giovanni Ruffini
W 2:10-4

A list of the Spring 2015 seminars that require a formal application
* As of November 14, 2014 *

HIST W4429 - Telling about the South
Barbara Fields
T 4:10-6

HIST W4518 - Research Seminar:  Columbia and Slavery
Eric Foner
R 2:10-4

HIST W4928 - Comparative Slavery and Freedom in the Atlantic World
Natasha Lightfoot
M 2:10-4

HIST W4949 - The Passions
Marwa Elshakry
R 11-12:50


1. Please complete a Seminar Application Form to formally apply for admission to any seminar that requires pre-application. This form will open on Friday, October 24. Complete all of the information requested in the application.  If you need the seminar to graduate in Spring 2015, please do not forget to note this.

2. Complete the application by 4:00 PM, on Friday, October 31. Applications received after the 4:00 PM deadline on Friday, October 31 will NOT be accepted.  There are no exceptions.

3. After the October 31 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. By Thursday, November 6, 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 ( immediately and not later than Monday, November 10 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 Monday, November 10 at 5:00 PM.  (Please note that with the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies  you may be able to remain enrolled in two seminars requiring the “Seminar Application Form”).

6. In order for the Department to enroll you in the course, you must add yourself to the course’s wait-list during your first registration period.

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