Columbia Engineering students are required to take one of either Art Humanities or Music Humanities.
- Masterpieces of Western Art, HUMA W1121: Through an analysis and discussion of selected works of painting, sculpture, and architecture central to the traditions of Western art, and field trips to museums and art galleries, Art Hum provides students with a foundation in visual learning. Topics include the Parthenon, Amiens Cathedral, Raphael, Michelangelo, Bruegel, Rembrandt, Bernini, Goya, Monet, Picasso, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
- Masterpieces of Western Music, HUMA W1123: Through analysis and discussion, Music Hum introduces students to representative musical works from the Middle Ages to the present. It also actively involves students in the process of critical listening, both in the classroom and at concerts. Though not a survey, this course is taught in a chronological format and includes masterpieces by Josquin des Prez, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, among others.