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SIPA and Columbia

As part of the Columbia community, SIPA students are often said to be spoiled for choice. They have access to the resources of a major urban university comprising 16 separate schools, 22 libraries, and five affiliated institutions. During any given year, they choose more than 1,000 courses offered throughout the University, drawing on the resources of the social science departments and the schools of business, law, journalism, social work, public health, engineering and applied science, and architecture, as well as Teachers College.

In a typical month they can supplement those courses with scores of lectures, presentations, seminars, and documentary films sponsored by the Earth Institute, the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, the Humanitarian Affairs Program, and more than a dozen other specialized programs and regional institutes, along with a variety of student groups.

Recent events have included visits by Michelle Bachelet; Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate; Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; José Manuel Barroso, European Commission President; and SIPA's Global Leadership Awards, honoring Paul Volcker, former Fed chairman; WITNESS, the international human rights advocacy group; and alumnus Mitchell Silber, director of intelligence analysis for the New York Police Department.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in a range of Capstone Workshops and extracurricular activities with direct relevance to their fields of study, from tutoring at-risk children in Harlem to lobbying the U.S. government on its response to AIDS in Africa.