Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Welcome message from the Executive Vice President

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. The Arts and Sciences is the intellectual home to the 27 academic departments and their faculty, and 40 centers and institutes who serve across five schools on Columbia’s historical Morningside Campus. The Arts and Sciences is governed through an Executive Committee consisting of the Executive Vice President, the Dean of Columbia College, Professor James Valentini, and the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Professor Carlos Alonso. The Executive Committee works closely with faculty committees to help advance the mission of our university to make significant original contributions to knowledge, advance the pursuit of learning and communicate that intellectual and moral heritage to successive generations of students. Together, the Executive Committee has the pleasure of serving our exceptional faculty and encouraging the academic journeys of our brilliant students.

In the Arts and Sciences we pride ourselves as being the home of Columbia College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of General Studies, School of the Arts and the School of Professional Studies. These schools attract the world’s leading scholars, writers, scientists, artists and life-long learners, among others, who further enrich and enliven the scholarly community of Columbia University and the Arts and Sciences. 

Columbia’s name and stature are indelibly linked to the eminent and immensely gifted academics that form the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. With 14 Nobel Laureates, 48 members of the National Academy of Sciences and 78 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, our faculty is among the most recognized in the world. The alumni who studied under our exceptional faculty are themselves leaders in their fields and widely recognized for their contributions to society.  The Arts and Sciences is the Alma Mater of many Rhodes Scholars, Academy Award winners, Pulitzer prize winners, MacArthur fellows as well as Nobel Laureates; in short our alumni are extraordinary.

At Columbia, we champion liberal education and believe it forms the foundation and context for understanding modern problems and how to solve them. The dizzying pace of international integration and scientific discovery are the backdrop of American higher education and provides the opportunity for our new age of scholars to employ their intellectual acumen.

David Madigan

Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Statistics