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CSA Blog February 2016

Sociology Open House (3/2)

Wednesday March 2
3:00-5:00 p.m.
501 Knox

Psychology Open House (3/1)

The Department of Psychology cordially invites you to attend

For Psychology Majors and Neuroscience & Behavior Majors

Tuesday, March 1
7:30 p.m.
200B Schermerhorn Hall

DUSes and Peer Advisors will present information and answer your questions about:

Archaeology Open House (2/26)

Interested in exploring past societies? Art? Architecture? Gender? Biology? Life/death? Politics? Economics? GIS? Human-animal relationships?

Come talk to students and faculty, see the lab, find out about research and field opportunities.

Friday, February 26
2:00-4:00 p.m.
954 Schermerhorn Ext. 

Pizza and drinks

Urban Studies Open House (3/2)

Wednesday, March 2
4:00-5:30 p.m.
202 Hamilton

Urban Studies is a multidisciplinary major that is ideal for students with a strong interest in cities and urban living, and is especially suited to those with broad intellectual interests. By integrating concepts and methodologies from numerous academic disciplines, Urban Studies attracts students who find themselves intellectually constrained by the disciplinary boundaries of the traditional major.

Inclusive Teaching Forum (2/26)

Friday, February 26
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Casa Italiana

Discuss aspects of diversity in the classroom with members from across the Columbia community and help create a Guide to Inclusive Teaching and Learning at Columbia, based on real-life participant scenarios.

Read more:

Peer Adviser Post: Declaring Your Major

Peer Adviser Post: Declaring Your Major
by Anushua Bhattacharya, CC '16

To all current sophomores in Columbia College, the time has arrived to... declare your major!  While the act of making such a decision sounds daunting, especially to those who are undecided or still unsure between a couple of subjects, have no fear because this decision is not binding. In fact, it is quite to common to change your major even after your first declaration.

Peer Adviser Post: Internship Season

Peer Adviser Post: Internship Season
by Zachary Ho, SEAS '17

It’s that time again: internship season. If you didn’t know, the Center for Career Education will be hosting the career fair this Friday (2/26). Here are a couple tips for surviving and thriving at the career fair this week:

1.      Do your research.

Italian Open House (3/4)

Friday, March 4
11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
501 Hamilton

CC Drop Deadline is Today (2/23)

TODAY, 2/23 is the last day for Columbia College students to DROP a spring 2016 class without the mark of W.  After today, you have until Thursday, March 24, to withdraw from a course and recieve a W.

American Studies Open House (3/2)

The Center for American Studies welcomes you to its Open House
Wednesday, March 2
6:30-7:30 p.m.
317 Hamilton Hall

French and Romance Philology Open House (3/2)

Wednesday, March 2
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Maison Française, 2nd Floor

Human Rights Program Open House (2/24)

Are you considering a major/concentration in human rights? Interested in learning more about academic requirements, course advising, and opportunities for human rights students?

Come to the UHRP human rights major and concentration info session for undergraduate students.

Wednesday, February 24
5:00-5:30 p.m.
707 IAB

Please also join us afterwards from 6:15-7:30 p.m. for a CAREER PANEL in 707 IAB

Tutor for the Tutoring & Learning Center!

The Tutoring & Learning Center provides free academic support and tutoring to high school students in Harlem and Morningside Heights. We're hiring qualified tutors to help! Work-study and volunteer positions are available, as are flexible schedules. Volunteer/work as little as one hour per week!

Additional information.

Physics Open House (3/1)

Tuesday, March 1
6:00-7:00 p.m.
705 Pupin

You are invited to an Open House to learn about the Physics Major and Concentration and related majors. Talk with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, meet current physics and related majors, learn about research opportuni1es in the Physics Department and possible career paths with a physics major.
All are welcome, in particular sophomores who will be declaring their majors in the coming weeks.

Pizza and refreshments will be served!

Drama & Theatre Arts Open House (2/29)

The Theatre department will be holding an open house/Q&A for Columbia students interested in majoring in Drama & Theatre Arts:

Monday, February 29
12:00-12:30 p.m.
Epstein Room, Diana Center Room LL105, Barnard Campus

East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALAC) Open House (2/25)

Thursday, February 25
4:00-6:00 p.m.
403 Kent (EALAC Lounge)

Refreshments will be served

Professor Paul Anderer's extended office hours during major declaration week, in 414 Kent, are as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 9: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 10: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 11: 3:00-5:00 p.m.


Earth and Environmental Science Open House (2/29)

Monday, February 29
7:30 p.m.
DEES Student Lounge - 552 Schermerhorn extension

Majors and faculty will be on hand to meet prospective majors and answer questions.

Pizza will be served!

Information Session: Columbia in Beijing at Tsinghua University (2/19)

Friday, February 19
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
522C Kent Hall

Columbia University in Beijing provides a rare opportunity for advanced students to directly enroll in a broad range of courses at Tsinghua University, one of China's top institutions.


Summer 2016 in the Directory of Classes

Summer courses have just been posted in the Directory of Classes! Register beginning Feb. 29 if you want to dive deeper into a topic, try something new, or get ahead in your academic plan. Talk with your advisers to determine if you meet eligibility requirements, if classes fulfill graduation requirements, and whether summer classes may affect your financial aid.

Visual Arts Open House (2/29)

Monday, February 29
12:00-2:00 p.m.
LeRoy Neiman Gallery, 310 Dodge Hall

Creative Writing Open House (2/17)

Wednesday, February 17
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
609 Kent Hall

Bring your interests, questions, & concerns.
Director Heidi Julavits will be on hand to address them.
Cookies, coffee & tea


Deadline:  5:00 p.m., Monday, February 22

The major application cover sheet can be downloaded here.

Extreme Engineering: A week that's Outa Space with Three Astronauts on Campus (2/17-2/19)

Attention Columbia Engineering & College Students:
What a great opportunity to hear all about adventures in space from NASA astronauts, up close and personal!
Next week, for three consecutive days, come to any of the amazing programs below! Registration required, see links below!

Inside the Helmet (2/17):

Info Sessions: Special Concentration in Business Management (2/15 & 2/19)

Information Sessions for the Special Concentration in Business Management will be held on:

Monday, February 15
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Uris 329


Friday, February 19
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Uris 332

Germanic Languages and Literatures Open House (2/24)

Interested in Things German?

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures invites you to an Open House on Wednesday, February 24, 2015 4.30-5.30 pm at Deutsches Haus, 420 W. 116th St. (between Amsterdam Ave and Morningside Dr)

Mathematics Open House (2/24)

Wednesday, February 24
6:30 p.m.
508 Math

Deadline: Creative Writing Major Application (5:00 p.m., Mon, Feb 22)

Deadline:  5:00 p.m., Monday, February 22

The Major application cover sheet can be downloaded from our website:


To all the Undeclared:

Students who would like to be considered for the Creative Writing major MUST submit an application to the Creative Writing Department in 609 Kent Hall no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 22.

Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) Open House (2/19)

Please join us for the 


For prospective Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) Majors and Concentrators & Important Information for current MESAAS majors about the Senior Honors Thesis.

Come meet our faculty and hear from current students!

Friday, February 19
11:30-1:00 p.m.
403 Knox Hall

Refreshments will be served

Info Session: Narrative Medicine Seminar (2/10)

Wednesday, February 10
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
403 Lerner Hall

Please register for the Narrative Medicine Info Session.

Join the Spring 2016 Pre-health Narrative Medicine Seminar. Two graduate students from Columbia University's Narrative Medicine MS program will be conducting a 6-SESSION, NON-CREDIT, FREE workshop in Narrative Medicine. Learn all about this workshop during an informative session.

Anthropology Open House (2/29)

Monday, February 29
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Sheldon Scheps Library, 457 Schermerhorn Extension

Refreshments will be provided

Info Session: Columbia University in London (2/12)

Friday, February 12
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
302 Hamilton

Learn about this exciting new program with the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature!

Info Session: Beijing Visual Culture Summer Study Abroad Program (2/12)

Learn about Columbia's New Summer Program in Beijing: Understanding Modern Chinese History through Visual Culture

Info Session: Summer Arabic Language Study Abroad Programs (2/12)

Friday, February 12
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
403 Knox Hall

Summer Arabic Program in Amman: This nine week program helps students strengthen their skills in Modern Standard Arabic by offering intensive language training. All skills are emphasized in the classroom and during tutorials. Group excursions, cultural activities, and a week-long travel break give students various perspectives of Jordanian society and different venues in which to practice their Arabic.

Job Opportunities Available (2016 Summer Bridge Program)

Academic Success Programs (ASP) has two open positions available for its 2016 Summer Bridge Program.  The job postings are for the Residential Counselor and Help Room Tutor positions.  

Students can view the job descriptions and apply here.  Please share this information with students.  

The deadline date to apply is Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Education Program at Barnard Open House (2/29)

The Education Program will be holding its Open House on Monday, February 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., in Milbank 306.

Religion Open House (3/1)

Tuesday, March 1
12:00-2:00 p.m.
80 Claremont Ave.

Pre-Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshops (2/11 & 2/24)

Working in the Summer During Your Academic Program 
Thursday, February 11
1:00 - 2:00 pm 
401 Lerner Hall 

Learn about eligibility requirements and application procedures for Optional Practical Training (OPT) permission BEFORE COMPLETION of your program.  


CSA Tag: 

Info Session: China Summer Study Abroad Programs (2/5)

Friday, February 5
3:00-4:00 p.m.
403 Kent Hall

Beijing Summer Program: This nine-week program immerses students     in one of the world's most dynamic cities and offers four levels of intensive Chinese language studies from beginner through fourth year. Students complete the equivalent of one year of Chinese at Columbia. Group excursions in and around Beijing, lectures by local experts, and a week-long travel break give students insight into Chinese society and lifestyle.

Computer Science Open House (2/29)

The Computer Science Department would like to invite you to our major information session/open house on Monday, February 29 at 2:30 p.m., in the Davis Auditorium, 4th floor Schapiro Center (CEPSR). 

Prof. Jae Woo Lee, the Director of Undergraduate Studies for BA Programs, will go over the major requirements, and current CS majors will talk about their experiences as majors.

Students should RSVP at

Philosophy Open House (3/3)

Interested in Philosophy?  Please come to an Open House for Prospective Philosophy Majors on Thursday, March 3, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in 716 Philosophy Hall.  Meet faculty, current majors, and other prospective majors, and ask all your questions!

Refreshments will be served.  

For more information, please contact Maia Bernstein,  


Latin American and Iberian Cultures (LAIC) Open House (2/24)

You are invited to the Latin American and Iberian Cultures (LAIC) Undergraduate Open House on Wednesday, Frebruary 24, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Casa Hispánica (612W 116th street).
An introduction to the richness of our undergraduate program will be offered (courses, journal Portales, study abroad, honors thesis, etc.) You will have the opportunity to meet with the LAIC professors and students to discuss your interests and projects. 
The LAIC is looking forward to having you at the Cas


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