Students choose five specialization elective courses over two semesters, with the advice of the MA Faculty Director and the MA Director of Studies. They may choose from courses offered by CGT Faculty as well as from hundreds of available graduate courses across the university. The students shape their own course of study to accommodate and develop their interests. Courses must be taken at 4000-level or higher, except in cases where students can demonstrate, in conjunction with the course’s professor and the MA Director of Studies, that the course is suitable for a graduate level education.
Students may harmonize their electives with the topic of their thesis, or split their electives between their thesis concentration, global themes, methodological work, or other areas of interest that enhance their intellectual and professional prospects.
Use Columbia’s Directory of Classes to find the widest range of courses open to students of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Past Elective Courses
Our students enrolled in courses in Columbia’s:
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)
Accusation ● Advanced GIS & Spatial Analysis ● Armed Groups & Political Violence ● Buddhism & Neuroscience ● Capitalism and Political Subjectivity in Latin America ● Commerce & Civic Virtue ● Creativity/Technology: War & Commerce ● Culture, Motivation, Prosocial Behavior ● Data Analysis for the Social Sciences ● Engineering & Ownership of Life ● Exhibition Cultures● Feminist Postcolonial Theory ● From the Inquisition to Guantanamo ● GIS & Spatial Analysis – Social Sciences ● Global Politics of Reproduction ● Human Rights: History, Law, Literature ● Language Documentation and Field Methods ● Narrative, Health & Society ● Parties/Elections in Developing Countries ● Processes of Stratification and Inequality ● Psychology of Culture & Diversity ● Reading Marx ● Sociology of Expertise ● US-Asia Relations/Global Perspective
School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
American Decline? Locating the United States in World Order ● Communications Policy in the Digital Age ● Corporate Sustainability and the Role of Government in Advancing Environmental and Social Performance ● Culture and Foreign Policy: China, India ● Economics of Sustainable Development ● Effective Management in the Public Service ● Environment, Conflict & Resolution Strategies ● Ethics of Sustainable Development ● Global Financial Services in the 21st Century ● Higher Education, Policy and Development in Asia ● Human Rights and Development Policy ● Human Rights Practicum I ● International Environmental Policy ● Leadership and Innovative Policy Making ● Managing Data Science for Social Innovation Development ● Media Campaigning and Social Change ● Model International Mobility Treaty Workshop ● Practical Problems in Urban Politics ● Public Management Innovation ● Public-Private Partnerships to Foster Effective, Sustainable and Scalable Nonprofits
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP)
Conflict Urbanism ● Land Use Planning ● Local, Global, Postcolonial: Contemporary Urbanism in Emerging Societies ● Mapping for Architecture, Urbanism, and Humans ● Our New Normal ● Philosophies of the City
School of Professional Studies (SPS)
Ethics & Values for Sustainable Development ● Global Emerging Markets ● Global Environmental Markets ● Policy & Legal Context for Sustainable Development ● Practical Innovation ● Sports Business Communications/Public Relations ● Women in Cities: Sustainable Urban Design, Planning, Management
School of the Arts
New Media Producing
School of Journalism
Seminar & Production: Long Form Digital: Memory
School of Public Health (SPH)
Introduction to Medical Sociology
Teachers’ College (TC)
Group Dynamics: Systems Perspective
Please be advised these courses are not consistently available and vary year by year.