The campus remains closed with all summer courses being conducted online and staff working remotely. Classes will resume on August 31, 2020 for the fall semester. For updates on campus operations, both virtual and in person, for the fall semester, please see the Fall 2020 Info Hub page.

Humanities and Social Sciences Registration Instructions

Fall 2020

Information about all courses in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) can be found at the following locations:

Students interested in studying foreign languages on the exchange program with the New School, should look for a campus-wide E-mail notice from Professor Sayres, HSS academic advisor, detailing the process, close to beginning of the fall semester.

Important information for students registering for HSS3 (The Making of Modern Society): HSS3 involves both a one-hour lecture on Mondays from 12-12:50 and any one of several two-hour discussion sections.  All students must register for both the lecture and a discussion section.

Closed courses and sections cannot be overloaded.  Faculty do not have authority to add additional students to closed sections or courses.  Please email Professor Sayres or Anne Griffin, acting dean of HSS, if a schedule conflict cannot otherwise be resolved.

Students may not register for more than one HSS elective without permission from the HSS advisor or HSS dean.  An exception is made for students in the School of Art, who may register for two HTA electives without special permission from the HSS dean’s office.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.