Sometimes, when you are applying for graduate school or the patent bar, the institution requires a description of the courses you completed as student at Columbia. This information is not included in your transcript, which is maintained by the Office of the Registrar. In these instances, the University Archives can provide you with the tools to find course descriptions and other curricular information.
The Bulletins of Information or Announcements contain the course information for each school or division. In the following pages, you will learn how to request each school or division's paper volumes for access at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) Reading Room. Please note that the schools listed here are only those most frequently requested.
There are additional schools, divisions and programs not included in this guide as well as some older editions of the bulletins not listed here. If you cannot find the volume you are looking for, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most schools, divisions and programs now publish their course information exclusively online. To access those years after the end of paper publication, you will need to search the web archives. To learn how to access Columbia's web archives and/or to learn how to use the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, see the Online Sources tab here or visit the Web Archives section in the University Archives website.
Some schools keep past course description information on their web sites:
In addition, the Columbia University Libraries have been capturing Columbia.edu domain websites via the Archive-It service since June 2010. As schools moved course description information from annual published paper catalogues to online-only distribution, we have found that our web archiving efforts often provide the only publicly available access points to old, online course descriptions. Although not every course description for every school has been captured, one can usually find descriptions for courses offered by Columbia College, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of General Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), Graduate School of Architecture and Architectural Planning (GSAAP), and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). If a school only posted online course descriptions in the CourseWorks system, that content was not able to be collected due to the secure nature of the site.
Banner above names of Greek and Roman male writers at Butler Library with names of women authors: Sappho, Marie de France, Christine de Pizan, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Bronte, Dickinson, Woolf, 1989 (scan 627). Buildings and Grounds Collection, University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries. For more information on this project by Laura Brown GS 1989, look for the additional coverage in the Columbia Spectator Digital Archive.