Summer session courses and CVN “pre-taped” courses are generally unacceptable for satisfying the breadth requirements, see exceptions below. TAing or auditing a distribution or elective course is never acceptable in lieu of taking the course for a grade.
The following refers to courses that have already been approved for distribution or elective credit for the doctoral breadth requirement.
- CVN courses taken while enrolled as a CVN-DES student always qualify.
- CVN or summer session courses taken by a student prior to formally enrolling in the on-campus DES, PhD or MS/PhD program (e.g., while an MS or non-degree student) always qualify.
- Regular on-campus courses taken during the fall or spring semester, that happen to also be offered by CVN that semester, always qualify.
- Pre-taped CVN courses or summer courses managed (graded) by a regular faculty member, from any Columbia department, always qualify. Pre-taped CVN or summer courses managed by an adjunct faculty member who normally teaches the same course on-campus during the fall and/or spring semester also qualify. Both cases are exceedingly rare.
- The typical pre-taped CVN or summer course, which is managed by a graduate student, does not qualify. Exceptions can be made with the approval of the full faculty, including in particular the regular faculty member(s) in charge of the corresponding course – but approval is highly unlikely.
Split off other breadth administration material and updated on April 19, 2022.