Humanities and Social Sciences Registration Instructions

Summer / Fall 2021

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

Course Listings for both Summer and Fall

Student Self-Service

Students interested in studying foreign languages 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 *(may very likely be asynchronous) and any one of the two-hour synchronous 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 see 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 all seniors who must take the electives to fulfill degree requirements and 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.