**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.

Fall 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 for most seminars prior to officially registering for the course.

A list of the Fall 2014 seminars that require instructor’s permission
* * As of August 18th, 2014 * *

HIST W4008 – Wealth and Poverty in the Classical World
William Harris
W 9-10:50

HIST W4104 - Family, Sexuality, and Marriage in Premodern Europe
Martha Howell
T 4:10-6

HIST W4125 - Censorship and Freedom of Expression in Early Modern Europe
Elisheva Carlebach
M 9-10:50

HIST W4250 – The Other Global Village: Cinema under State Socialism
Tarik Amar
T 9-10:50

HIST W4359 - Dreaming of the Future in the 1820s: The Birth of Modernity
Mark Mazower
T 11-12:50

HIST BC4360 - London: From Great Wen to World City
Deborah Valenze
W 11-12:50

HIST W4400 - Americans and the Natural World
William Leach
T 2:10-4

HIST W4535 - 20th Century New York City History
Ken Jackson
T 6:10-8

HIST W4601 – Jews in that Later Roman Empire
Seth Schwartz
M 2:10-4

HIST W4732 - The Post-Ottoman World
Christine Philliou
M 11-12:50

HIST W4768 - Writing Contemporary African History
Greg Mann
W 4:10-6

HIST BC4870 - Gender & Migration: A Global Perspective
Jose Moya
T 2:10-4

HIST W4911 - Medicine and Western Civilization
David Rothman
M 4:10-6

HIST W4923 - Narratives of World War II
Carol Gluck
T 11-12:50
*Please add yourself to the Registrar maintained wait-list on SSOL*

HIST BC4999 - Transnational Feminism
Premilla Nadasen
W 2:10-4


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 Fall 2014 seminars that do not require instructor’s permission or a formal application
* * As of August 18th, 2014 * *

HIST W4206 - Power & Violence in Russian History
Sergei Antonov
W 11-12:50

HIST W4235 - Central Asia: Imperial Legacies, New Images
Gulnar Kendirbai
W 11-12:50

HIST W4377 - Cold War Public Diplomacy: Cultural Battles Abroad
Victoria Phillips
R 2:10-4

HIST W4380 – Idea of Europe 
Alexander Rinnooy Kan & Paul Schnabel
R 4:10-6

HIST W4415 - The U.S. and Latin America in the Cold War and Beyond: Revolution, Globalization and Power
Oliver Murphey
M 11-12:50

HIST W4556 - Narcotics in the Making of America
Sam Haselby
R 2:10-4

HIST W4609 - Marriage and Kinship in Medieval Egypt
Eve Krakowski
T 11-12:50

HIST W4669 - The Dictatorship that Changed Brazil, 1964-1985
Marcelo Ridenti
W 9-10:50

HIST W4858 - Islam in India since 1526: Coexistence and Conflict, Gender and Personhood
Taylor Sherman
W 11-12:50

A list of the Fall 2014 seminars that require a formal application
* As of August 18th, 2014 *

HIST W4594 – American Society, 1776-1861
Elizabeth Blackmar
R 11-12:50


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 Spring 2015, please do not forget to note this.

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

3. After the April 4th 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 Tuesday, April 8, 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 Thursday, April 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 Thursday, April 10 at 5:00 PM.  (Please note that with the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Caterina Pizzigoni, 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