University Courses

Choose from thousands of academic courses in more than 100 subject areas taught year-round by Columbia’s faculty, and study alongside matriculated Columbia students.

Bachelor’s degree holders who are not currently enrolled at another institution can apply to take courses through the Postbaccalaureate Studies program.

Students who are currently enrolled in a degree program at another institution can apply to take courses through the Visiting Students program.

Click on a subject area below to view a list of courses.

Details on Course Seats and Required Preparation

Admitted students may register for any course for which they are prepared—i.e., any noted prerequisites must be fulfilled.

A number of classes are offered after 5:00 PM, for those students who work during the day.

In over-enrolled courses, Columbia degree candidates often have priority over non-degree students.

Admittance into the Postbaccalaureate Studies program does not guarantee any student a seat in a course. Certain courses such as seminars are not normally open to Postbaccalaureate Studies students unless express permission is granted in advance by the instructor, department or program. Please check with individual instructors about specific prerequisite course requirements.

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Fall and Spring Courses

For Summer courses visit the summer site.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary. We recommend you speak with a Nondegree Programs advisor for the most up-to-date information available.