Global Core

The Global Core requirement consists of courses that examine areas not the primary focus of Literature/Humanities and Contemporary Civilization/Social Sciences and that, like other Core courses, are broadly introductory, interdisciplinary, and temporally or spatially expansive. Courses in the Global Core are organized around a set of primary texts or artifacts, which may range from texts of literate traditions to media (e.g. film), ritual performances or oral sources, produced in the regions of the world in question. Global Core courses fall into two categories: those that focus on a specific culture or civilization, tracing its appearance and/or existence across a significant span of time and sometimes across more than one present-day country or region; and those that address several world settings or cultures comparatively (and may include Europe and the West), in terms of a common theme, a set of analytic questions, or interactions between different world regions.

The Global Core requirement asks students to engage directly with the variety of civilizations and the diversity of traditions that, along with the West, have formed the world and continue to shape it today. Courses in the Global Core typically explore the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East in an historical context.

Students must complete two courses from the Global Core List of Approved Courses for a letter grade.

Current List: Download the list of Global Core courses (PDF)

General Information: Office of Global Programs, 606 Kent; (212) 854-7444

List of Approved Global Core Courses

For instructions on how to submit a request to have a course that is not listed below be considered for a Global Core requirement, please visit the Core Registration and Petitions page.

African-American Studies | Anthropology | Art History and Archaeology | Center for the Core Curriculum | Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race | Colloquia and Interdepartmental Studies | Comparative Literature and Society | East Asian Languages and Cultures | Economics | English and Comparative Literature | History | Latin American and Iberian Cultures | Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Literatures and Cultures | Music | Religion | Slavic Languages | Sociology

  • African-American Studies [AFAS]

    • C1001 Introduction to African-American Studies
  • Anthropology [ANTH]

    • V1008 The Rise of Civilization
    • V1130 Africa and the Anthropologist
    • V2010 Major Debates in the Study of Africa
    • V2013 Africa in the 21st Century: Aesthetics, Culture, Politics
    • V2014 Archaeology and Africa: Changing Perceptions of the African Past
    • V2020 Chinese Strategies: Cultures in Practice
    • V2027 Changing East Asian Foodways
    • V2035 Introduction to the Anthropology of South Asia
    • V2100 Muslim Societies
    • V3300 Pre-Columbian Histories of Native America
    • V3465 Women and Gender Politics in the Muslim World
    • V3525 Introduction to South Asian History and Culture
    • V3821 Native America
    • V3892 Contemporary Central Asia: States and Societies
    • V3933 Arabia Imagined
    • V3947 Text, Magic, Performance
    • ANHS W4001 Ancient Empires
    • ANTH G4065 Archaeology of Idols
  • Art History and Archaeology [AHAR]

  • Center for the Core Curriculum

  • Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race [CSER]

    • W1010 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
    • W1600 Latino/a history
    • W1601 Introduction to Latino/a Studies
    • W3250 Native American Representations
    • W3510 Immigration, Relocation and Diaspora: Novels of Immigration
    • W3922 Asian American Cinema
    • W3926 Latin Music and Identity
    • W3928 Colonization/Decolonization
    • W3961 Wealth and Poverty in America
  • Colloquia and Interdepartmental Studies [INSM]

    • W3920 Nobility and Civility I
    • W3921 Nobility and Civility II
    • C3940 Science Across Cultures
    • W3950 Friendship: Ideals and Practices in Asian and Western Civilizations
  • Comparative Literature and Society [CPLS]

    • CPLS W3333 East/West Frametale Narratives
    • W3454 Blood/Lust: Staging the Early Modern Mediterranean
    • W3620 Islam and Europe
    • W3945 Transnational Memory Politics and the Culture of Human Rights
    • W3955 The West in Global Thought
    • W3956 Postcolonial narrative and the limits of the human
    • CLGM V3920 The World Responds to the Greeks—Modernity, Postcoloniality, Globality
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures [EALC]

    • ASCE V2002 Introduction to Major Topics in Asian Civilizations: East Asia
    • V2359 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: China
    • V2361 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Japan
    • V2363 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Korea
    • V2365 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Tibet
    • AHUM V3400 Colloquium on Major Texts: East Asia
    • V3830 Colloquium on Modern East Asian Texts
    • EAAS V3927 China in the Modern World
    • EAAS G4160 Cultures of Colonial Korea
    • EARL W4310 Life-Writing in Tibetan Buddhist Literature
    • HSEA W4866 Competing Nationalisms in East Asia: Representing Chinese and Tibetan Relations in History
  • Economics [ECON]

    • W4325 Economic Organization and Development of Japan
  • English and Comparative Literature [ENCL]

    • W4200 Caribbean Diaspora Literature

  • History [HIST]

    • W3657 Medieval Jewish Cultures
    • W3618 The Modern Caribbean
    • W3660 Latin American Civilization I
    • V3661 Latin American Civilization II
    • W3665 Economic History of Latin America
    • W3701 The Ottoman Empire
    • W3719 History of the Modern Middle East
    • W3764 East African History: Early Times
    • W3772 West African History
    • W3800 Gandhi's India
    • W3803 The Worlds of Mughal India
    • W3810 History of South Asia I: al-Hind to Hindustan
    • W3811 History of South Asia II: Empire and its aftermath
    • HSEA W3898 The Mongols in History
    • W3902 History of the World to 1450 CE
    • W3903 History of the World Since 1450
    • W3943 Cultures of Empire
    • W4103 Empires and Cultures of the Atlantic World
    • W4404 Native American history
    • W4779 Africa and France in the 20th Century
  • Latin American and Iberian Cultures [SPAN]

    • W3349 Hispanic Cultures I: Islamic Spain through the Colonial Period
    • W3350 Hispanic Cultures II: Enlightenment to the Present
    • W3490 Latin American Humanities I (in English)
    • W3491 Latin American Humanities II (in English)
    • PORT W3350 Lusophone Africa and African-Brazilian cultures
  • Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures [MELC]

    • ASCM V2001 Introduction to Major Topics in Asian Civilizations: The Middle East and India
    • ASCM V2003 Introduction to Islamic Civilization
    • ASCM V2008 Contemporary Islamic Civilization
    • ASCM V2357 Introduction to the Civilization of India
    • MDES W3000 Theories of Culture: Middle East and South Asia
    • MDES W3445 Societies and Cultures Across the Indian Ocean
    • CLME W3032 Colonialism: Film, Fiction, History and Theory
    • AHUM V3399 Colloquium on Major Texts: Middle East and South Asia
    • CLME W4031 Cinema and Society in Asia and Africa
    • MDES G4052 Locating Africa in the Early 20th-Century World
    • CLME G4241 Sufism Across Arabic Literature
    • CLME G4261 Islam on the Street: The Religious Dynamic in Modern Arabic Literary Production
    • MDES G4326 The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust: Memory and Representation
  • Music [MUSI]

    • V2020 Salsa, Soca, and Reggae: Popular Musics of the Caribbean
    • AHMM V3320 Introduction to the Musics of East Asia and Southeast Asia
    • AHMM V3321 Introduction to the Musics of India and West Asia
    • W4430 Listening and Sound in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Religion [RELI]

    • V2008 Buddhism: East Asian
    • V2205 Hinduism
    • V2305 Islam
    • V2405 Chinese Religious Traditions
    • V2645 Religion in Black America: An Introduction
  • Slavic Languages [SLCL]

    • W3001 Slavic Cultures
    • CLRS W4190 Race, Ethnicity, and Narrative in the Russian/Soviet Empire
  • Sociology [SOCI]