Columbia University

About Arts and Sciences



The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University consists of twenty-nine departments in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. The Arts and Sciences also includes five schools: Columbia College, the School of General Studies, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts and the School of Continuing Education, as well as numerous institutes and centers.


(List of current Department Chairs and Administrative Contacts)

Social Sciences

Political Science


Art History and Archaeology
East Asian Languages and Cultures
English and Comparative Literature
French and Romance Philology
Germanic Languages
Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Slavic Languages

Natural Sciences

Biological Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

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Columbia College
School of General Studies
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
School of the Arts
School of Continuing Education

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Institutes and Centers

African-American Studies, Institute for Research in
Ancient Mediterranean, Center for
Archaeology, Center for
Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center
Astrophysics Laboratory
Black History, Center for Contemporary
Comparative Literature and Society, Institute for
Computer Music Center
Deutsches Haus
Digital Media Center
Economy, Environment and Society, Center for
Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy, Center for
Environmental Molecular Sciences Institute
Ethnicity and Race, Center for the Study of
Ethnomusicology, Center for
Heyman Center for the Humanities
Human Rights, Center for the Study of
Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Studies in Novel Surfactants
Integrated Science and Engineering, Center for
International Business Education and Research, Center for
International Conflict Resolution, Center for
International History, Center for
Israel and Jewish Studies, Institute for
Jazz Studies, Center for
Keene, Donald, Center of Japanese Culture
Korean Research, The Center for
Language Resource Center
Lazarsfeld, Paul F., Center for the Social Sciences
LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies
Literary Translation, Center for
Maison Française
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Medieval Japanese Studies, Institute for
Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center
Neurobiology and Behavior, Center for
Nevis Laboratories
Religion, Culture, and Public Life, Institute for
Science and Religion, Center for the Study of
Social and Economic Research and Policy, Institute for
Society of Fellows in the Humanities (Heyman Center)
Strings, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Institute for
War and Peace Studies, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of
Women and Gender, Institute for Research on
Brazilian Studies, Center for
East Central European Center, The
Europe, Institute for the Study of
Harriman Institute, The
Iranian Studies, Center for
Latin American Studies, Institute of
Middle East Institute
South Asia Institute
Weatherhead East Asian Institute

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