Graduate Course Listings

of the Harriman Institute and East Central European Center


As announced by the President of Columbia University, the 2020-2021 academic year will be comprised of three semesters: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021. The Harriman Institute will, therefore, offer graduate-level courses in each of these terms.

This page provides an overview of our course offerings for all three terms, to help students as they make decisions and plans for the academic year ahead. Please note that this schedule may be subject to change, and students are encouraged not only to revisit this page but also to confirm the course listings in the online Directory of Courses and Vergil, where course descriptions and class meeting times will be posted.

In addition to semester-long (14-week) course offerings, the Harriman Institute 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).

Please contact Rebecca Dalton with questions about the regional courses listed below or with questions about MARS-REEERS, Harriman Certificate, and SIPA Regional Specialization programs of study.

  • “Fall” term courses will run the full 14-week term: Tues., Sept. 8, 2020 – Wed., Dec. 23, 2020.
  • “Fall A” courses will run during the first half of the term: Tues., Sept. 8, 2020 – Fri., Oct. 23, 2020.
  • “Fall B” courses will run during the second half of the term: Mon., Oct. 26, 2020 – Wed., Dec. 23, 2020.

  • “Spring” term courses will run the full 14-week term: Mon., Jan. 11, 2021 – Mon., Apr. 26, 2021.
  • “Spring A” courses will run during the first half of the term: Mon., Jan. 11, 2021 – Fri., Feb. 26, 2021.
  • “Spring B” courses will run during the second half of the term: Mon., Mar. 8, 2021 – Mon., Apr. 26, 2021.
  • Course descriptions, as well as specific sections and meeting times, will be available in advance of the early registration period in November 2020.

  • “Summer X” courses will run the full 14-week term: Mon., May 3, 2021 – Mon., August 16, 2021
  • “Summer A” courses will run during the first half of the term: Mon., May 3, 2021 – Fri., June 18, 2021.
  • “Summer B” courses will run during the second half of the term: Mon., June 28, 2021 – Mon., Aug. 16, 2021.
  • Course descriptions, as well as specific sections and meeting times, will be available in advance of Summer registration in April 2021.

Please note: Additional courses will be posted prior to the start of the semester.  Please be sure to check this page for updates.

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