Art History and Archaeology COVID-19 FAQs

Last updated: Friday, October 15

**The information below is subject to change. Please keep checking this page for updates.**

This page is intended to address frequently asked questions specifically pertaining to the Art History and Archaeology community. For all official university and GSAS announcements and resources, please visit:

International students are strongly encouraged to consult the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) for the latest information and most accurate guidance on visa and immigration affairs. If you are on a Fulbright, we encourage you to get in touch with your country’s Fulbright liaison.

Please continue to monitor your inbox for any updates and announcements.

Health Questions

What protocol do I need to follow if I plan to return to campus?

Returning to campus requires reading and signing the University Health Compact, taking the COVID-19 Safety Course, getting a gateway COVID-19 test, getting vaccinated, and completing the Daily Symptom Self-Check. Please review and follow the steps outlined by Columbia Health here:

What kind of mental health and wellness support is available to students?

Counseling and Psychological Services and the Center for Student Wellness provide resources for students during this time. Please visit the following pages for more information:


Will the Department’s lecture series be held remotely?

Until further notice, the Department’s lecture series and the Graduate Colloquium will be held as live webinars via Zoom. Please refer to announcements sent via email and consult our Events Calendar.

Use of offices and other Schermerhorn spaces

May students use the Stronach Center?

Art History and Archaeology students may access the Stronach Center Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM. Proper social distancing and masking are required.

Will mail delivery continue to Schermerhorn?

Faculty may access the Campus Mail Room in Schermerhorn Hall, which is open from Mon-Friday 9-5:00 pm. Standard mail will be delivered to the main office on a regular basis, at least biweekly. We encourage you to have any documents sent to you electronically, and your mail and packages re-routed to your home address. For urgent questions about campus mail and packages please write to Sonia Sorrentini.


What kind of format will Fall 2021 courses have?

Courses will meet in person per the Provost’s announcement on June 17. Please see this page for more information:

Exams and Defenses

Are in-person orals and defenses still permitted, or must all be done remotely?

Students should discuss with their committees whether or not they would like to conduct their exams/defenses in-person or remotely over Zoom. Please write to Nicole Meily for more information.


What services are available at Avery Library at this time?

As of September 9, Avery is open at full capacity. For complete information and all updates, we encourage students to regularly check the following links:

AHAGA is also gathering a list of online resources here.

Career Development and Employment

What is the format of the Department’s Career Development Workshops?

Career Development Workshops for current students in the Department will be held on Zoom in Fall 2021. With the exception of guest speakers, these meetings will not be recorded. Please read announcements sent to the listservs.

What support does GSAS offer with job searches during COVID-19?

There are targeted programs for both MA and PhD graduates by GSAS Compass.

Rachel Bernard, the Director of Graduate Career Development in GSAS and Associate Director, Francesca Fanelli are available to hold one-on-one meetings with recent graduates of GSAS (MA and PhD) to assist them in their post-graduate goals. Sign up will be through the GSAS Compass website.

CCE’s page on career exploration for Humanities PhDs:

Are there resources available to locate remote work opportunities during the pandemic?

Job boards for remote work: