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2011-2012 Course Catalog 
2011-2012 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Calendar

College Semesters and Schedules

Each academic year at Columbia consists of two 15-week semesters (fall and spring), plus a summer semester. While the usual term of a class is a full 15 weeks, some subjects may be offered in shorter periods, ranging from one to eight weeks. Such intensive segments meet more frequently than traditional, 15-week courses. Courses are scheduled during the day and evening as well as on Saturdays to accommodate the schedules of working students, who compose a substantial percentage of the Columbia community. The January session (J-Session) is designed to offer concentrated learning experiences usually not available in the regular semester. Such courses are designed for both the matriculating and non-matriculating undergraduate student and may include, but are not limited to, immersion, intensive research, travel, certification, internships, master classes, community service, and workshops.


For a list of courses offered by semester, go to Class Schedules.

Labor Day holiday Monday, September 5
Semester Begins Tuesday, September 6
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24 - Sunday, November 27
Semester Ends Saturday, December 17
Session begins Tuesday, January 3*
Session ends Saturday, January 14*
Semester begins Tuesday, January 17*
Spring break Monday, March 26 - Saturday, March 31
Semester ends Saturday, May 5*
Commencement Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6*
Memorial Day holiday Monday, May 28
Session begins Tuesday, May 29
5-week term ends Saturday, June 30
Independence Day holiday Monday, July 4
8-week term ends Saturday, July 21
10-week term ends Saturday, August 4
12-week term and session ends Saturday, August 18


*Please note: as of 9/9/11 dates for the 2012 J-session and Spring Semester have changed. Read more…