Humanities and Social Sciences Registration Instructions

Spring 2019

Information about all courses in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) is available in the HSS office (room 327 of 41 CS).  Course descriptions can also be found here and a class schedule can be found here. Advisors in the Schools may approve registration in HSS courses that are part of regular degree requirements.

Prerequisites: Students may not register for humanities or social sciences electives until they have successfully completed the core sequence HSS 1-4, which should be taken during the first four semesters at Cooper.

During Spring semester registration, a student may not register for more than one section of HSS2 or HSS4. Changes in sections may be possible during drop/add in January.

A student may not register for more than one HSS elective at one time without permission from Acting Dean Buckley or Professor Sayres.

Students in the School of Art may register for HTA (art history) electives upon the completion of the HTA101-102 sequence. Students from Architecture and Engineering may register for HTA electives, including HTA 102, on a space-available basis, but are not required to have completed the HTA 101-102 sequence as a prerequisite.

Students interested in foreign language courses or courses at Eugene Lang College of The New School should speak with Professor Sayres during the normal registration period. Typically, decisions about these options are not finalized until the first week of term.


Questions about courses taken at another college during the summer break should be directed to Professor Sayres or Acting Dean Buckley as early as possible. Prior approval is mandatory. A student who takes a course at another college without prior approval will receive no credit for it from The Cooper Union.

  • 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.