Departmental Events & Deadlines

Throughout the year, academic departments hold events for students to learn more about specific majors and programs as well as offer unique academic opportunities.

Fall 2020 Departmental Updates

Students are encouraged to review an overview of the Department of Religion course offerings for all three upcoming terms, to help students as they make decisions and plans for the academic year ahead.

In addition to semester-long (14-week) course offerings, the Department of Religion will also offer 7-week “immersive courses.” These courses will cover a semester’s worth of material in a shorter period of time and will meet for twice as many hours per week, allowing more contact between faculty and students and more sustained focus on the class content. They will be offered in either the first half of a semester (e.g., Fall A, Spring A, Summer A) or in the second half of a semester (e.g., Fall B, Spring B, Summer B).

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Fall 2020 Opportunities

The Columbia Law School Office of Admissions will waive the $85 application fee for any undergraduate student currently enrolled at Barnard College, Columbia College, Columbia School of General Studies, or the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Please email to request the waiver.

The request should include your UNI and the school at which you are currently matriculated. After receiving the request and confirming their status, we will email you with a fee waiver code, which must be entered before the application is submitted. Please note that if you pay the application fee prior to requesting and receiving the fee waiver code, then they are unable to award the fee waiver retroactively.

On the Frontlines: Nursing Leadership in Pandemics is a working group based in the Center for the Study of Social Difference and focused on the role of nurses and midwives in global health emergency response. Members of the working group conducted interviews in Sierra Leone and Liberia in the summer of 2019, completing an oral history project with nurses who participated in the 2014-16 Ebola response. The project is now expanding to look at the role of nurses in the COVID-19 pandemic and interviewing nurses on the frontlines during the NYC outbreak.

We are soliciting applications for Student Associates for the 2020 – 2021 school year. This is an opportunity for students interested in global health to be part of a dynamic research team and to be the first to listen to remarkable stories of bravery and sacrifice. You will work alongside professors from across the university, including the School of Nursing, the School of Public Health, and the Arts & Sciences.

Student Associates will:

- Engage directly with stories of frontline nurses and midwives through oral histories.

- Create supporting materials that will appear on our forthcoming project website, including timelines, biographies, and histories.

- Help to organize and promote a virtual, international event to launch the project website.

- Attend events created specifically for project associates featuring experts involved nationally and internationally in pandemic response.


Student Associates will be expected to volunteer at least 20 hours prior to December 2020. Time commitments in the Spring will vary.

Learn More

If you are interested, please attend our Zoom information session on Wednesday, October 14 at 6:15-7:15 PM. Please use the following link:

Please email Kurt Holuba ( or Mina Shah ( if you have any questions.  

Fall 2020 Events


  • Fri., Oct. 9, 4 - 5 pm EST
  • Thurs., Nov. 12, 12 - 1 pm, EST

The Columbia University Department of Statistics invites students interested in the MA in Statistics program to attend one of two virtual open houses to learn more about the program. Participants will be able to ask questions about the program and meet fellow prospectives students.

Interested students can register here for the Oct. 9 session or here for the Nov. 12 session.

Date: Mon., Oct. 12, 2:10 PM, EST

The Department of Philosophy invites prospective undergraduate majors and concentrators to attend their virtual major open house. Attendees will learn more about the philosophy major and be able to speak to department faculty and staff.

To attend the open house, please follow this link to the Zoom room.

LAIC Open House

A chance to talk to the DUS about LAIC major and concentration options, and the research interests and projects of students and professors in the department. It's fine to stop by for just a short chat.

Thus., Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m. 


Fall 2020 Departmental Involvement

The Center for Mexican Studies was founded in 2013 and is overseen by Claudio Lomnitz, a Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology. Its mission is to develop a premier educational and research platform at Columbia from which “Greater Mexico” can be studied, thought, and imagined. It is committed to playing a lead role in the challenging process of re-thinking.

Columbia’s new Center for Mexican Studies is committed to the study of Mexico and the United States as a profoundly interrelated space. As the only Center for Mexican Studies in an Ivy League school, The Center for Mexican Studies (CMS) is the only department dedicated exclusively to research and promote open discussion on Mexican affairs in New York City and the United States.

Their academic mission is to stimulate research and debate, create public programming, build bi-national research capabilities, and provide support for students.

Learn about upcoming events:

  • Twitter: @CMEXCU
  • Facebook: Center for Mexican Studies at Columbia
  • Instagram: @columbiamexicanstudies