Language Placement Exam
Interested in taking a foreign language course? You must first take a language placement exam, which will ensure that you’re placed at the appropriate course level. To take the exam, please:
> Sign into your OASIS account: oasis.colum.edu/ics.
> Click the “Students” tab at the top of the page.
> Find the Language Placement Test on the right side under “Online Forms,” and then select the language you plan to study. (This test only applies to French, Spanish, and Italian language courses.)
After you complete the exam it will be graded within three business days. Once it’s graded, your scores will be entered into your OASIS account, and you will be notified of what course level you’re eligible to take.
The Department of HHSS offers a number of opportunities to study abroad, including "Study Abroad Mexico" (Cuernavaca, J-term ‘14) and “J-Session in Shanghai: History, Culture, and Art.” To get an idea of what students learn in this course, and how studying abroad in China impacted their lives, click here to read some student blog entries. To learn more about studying abroad as a Columbia student, please visit the college’s International Programs page.
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If you need help with a foreign language course housed in the Department of HHSS, or, for that matter, any course you’re taking at Columbia, please contact the Learning Studio, 618 S. Michigan Ave., 1st floor. The Learning Studio has a wealth of resources to help you, including more than 75 tutors.
The Kamoinge-Ferman Scholarship (Kamoinge, a group of people acting together) was established in 2006 by the Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Department to provide support to students who are engaged in African-American Studies and/or who contribute to the African-American community. The scholarship helps to defray costs associated with research projects meaningful to the Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Department. Awards are based on merit and financial need, and students can receive up to $1,500. For more information, please click here. For information about other scholarships at Columbia, please click here.
If you’re majoring in Cultural Studies and have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your college advisor, Keith Lusson, at 312.369.7283 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other LAS-related advising, please consult our LAS Advising page. If you have any further questions, please contact the main office of the Department of HHSS at 312.369.7295.
LAS Core Curriculum
The LAS Core Curriculum is a set of curricular requirements for all undergraduate students seeking a degree at Columbia. These engaging courses in literature, history, humanities, languages, mathematics, and the sciences complement any major field of study and challenge students to think in independent, critical, and diverse ways. Many of the courses that fulfill the LAS Core are available in the Department of HHSS. Please visit the LAS Core Curriculum page for more information.