Custom Focus Areas

Summer Courses


As a Columbia Summer student, pursue a specialized area of study with our seven areas of focus for summer 2020.

Choose up to four courses over the span of the summer in the areas of pre-law preparation, pre-med preparation, environment, film and politics.

Custom Focus Areas

Click through the five areas of focus below to learn more. Looking for more options? Check out our full summer course listings by subject area here.



The Earth and Beyond

Our World Through Cinema

Election 2020

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Additional information

Summer 2020 Session Dates

Choose from one to two courses per session, for a total of up to four courses during the summer term. 

  • Session 1 (D) courses are May 26 - July 2
  • Session 2 (Q) courses are  July 6 - August 14

Schedule and instructor information is posted for Summer 2020 here.

To request a course syllabus, please review the related subject page where you can find the appropriate contact information. Students should contact the the Summer Sessions office at to inquire into the course syllabi.