Featured Courses in New York City

Columbia University and New York City: together since 1754. While you’re enjoying all the city has to offer this summer, take a course on its history, art, architecture, theater, or film. Many courses feature local field trips and walking tours to experience first-hand the topics taught in the classroom.


This listing represents a sample of courses offered by several departments. See the History Summer Courses, Architecture Summer Courses, and Drama and Theatre Arts Summer Courses pages for complete lists.

HIST S3535Q. History of the City of New York. 3 pts.

The social, cultural, economic, political, and demographic development of America's metropolis from colonial days to present. Slides and walking tours supplement the readings.
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ARCH S4365Q. The Architecture and Development of New York City. 3 pts.

Introduction to the architectural history and neighborhood development of New York City, focusing on extant buildings erected for all socioeconomic classes and for a variety of uses. The history of architecture in all parts of the City is traced through lectures and walking tours.
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THEA S4215D. New York Theatre Event: Off Broadway. 3 pts.

In this course students explore the elements involved in the creation of theatre today in the historic heart of American theatre: New York City. The core elements of theatrical craft are discussed: playwriting, directing, acting, design and producing. Aspects of New York theatrical history complement these discussions by exploring the roots and traditions of theatrical practice. While a variety of theatrical forms and styles are explored, this course is rooted in contemporary dramatic texts. Each week students attend a live performance at various venues throughout the city in order to gain insight into the ways that theatre truly becomes a New York event.
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The New York
City Experience

Passport to Museums
Your passport is your CUID with semester validation sticker. With it, visit more than 30 museums that generously provide Columbia students with free admission, from Museum Mile in Manhattan to sculpture gardens in Queens.

The Big Apple’s Core
What makes New York New York? Follow the story of the city’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World” at the ongoing Museum of the City of New York exhibit, New York at Its Core.

It’s Chinatown
Take The Museum of Chinese in America’s walking tours, which guide you through the culinary history of New York City’s Chinatown. Learn about the evolution of Manhattan’s Chinese community, and unwind afterward with a cup of green tea.