Stathis Gourgouris, Director of the Psychoanalytic Studies Program and Professor of Classics, English, and Comparative Literature and Society

PSP Core Faculty Group:

  • Gil Anidjar (MESAAS/Religion)
  • Marcus Coelen (ICLS Visiting Professor AY17/18)
  • Thomas Dodman (French)
  • Lydia Goehr (Philosophy)
  • Stathis Gourgouris (Classics/English/ICLS)
  • Jonathan House (Psychiatry)
  • Lydia H. Liu (EALAC), Director of ICLS
  • Eric Marcus (Clinical Psychiatry), Director of Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research
  • Fred Neuhouser (Philosophy)
  • Karen Seeley (Anthropology)
  • Maura Spiegel (English)

About the Program

The Psychoanalytic Studies Program (PSP) is a non-degree and non-clinical program. The student receives a graduate certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies upon fulfillment of the program’s requirements.  In addition to issues of research, the PSP deals with the theory, application, and history of psychoanalytic thought and practice across a broad range of disciplines. The program is designed to meet the needs of students in the humanities and social sciences who want to gain a strong background in psychoanalytic concepts of mind, culture and science to enrich their graduate training and inform their dissertation research. The PSP is offered by the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and it is housed at ICLS.

This certificate is open only to students already enrolled in a graduate program in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia, and is primarily designed for students pursuing a doctorate in departments in the humanities and social sciences, although students in free-standing Master’s programs may enroll in the core courses (and electives) and complete the certificate.  The PSP will give students an additional and valuable set of methodological and disciplinary tools should they decide to pursue an academic or other professional career where cross-disciplinary training, research and teaching ability are increasingly valued.

Course requirements consist of a minimum of six-seven courses (no fewer than 21 credits), which can be taken at any time and in any order during the student’s graduate career. Students are required to take two core courses: “Core Concepts of Freud’s Thinking” (CLPS G4200) and “Core Concepts of Post-Freudian Thought” (CLPS G4201), which are offered regularly under the auspices of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. The two core courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Students will also choose at least four classes from a list of approved electives (sample list below) to complete the total minimum requirement of six-seven courses (21 credits). Students can also petition the PSP adviser to approve relevant courses not currently on the electives list by providing appropriate documentation (course syllabus, term paper topic, etc.). At least two of the elective courses must be taken for a letter grade.

One of the elective courses, “Psychoanalysis and Cognitive Neuroscience”, will be taught at and under the auspices of The Psychoanalytic Center every other year beginning in 2014-15.

Please submit the following worksheet with DGS signature and your one-page rationale for entering the program as soon as you plan to begin the certificate program. Worksheets should be submitted to the administrative office of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (HB1-1 Heyman Center, Mail Code 5700) or via email to our Assistant Director Sarah Monks. As you proceed through the program, continue to update your worksheet with the ICLS Administrative office.

Upon completing the coursework, a student should submit a one-page evaluation of their academic experience in the PSP to attach to their worksheet to the ICLS office.

Sample list of approved electives:

ANTH G6650: Psychoanalytic Trajectories: Narrative and Ethnos, 3 points

CLEN G4995: Reading Lacan, 3 points

CLGR G4110: Literature and Psychoanalysis (aka Freud and Jung aka Freud and Foucault), 3 points

CLGR W4265: Divided Selves: Jews in Modern German Culture, 3 points

CLGR W4620: Psychoanalysis and Social Theory, 3 points

CLME G4020: Hate, 3 points

CPLS G4090: Humanism and the Human, 3 points

CPLS G4240: The Secular Imagination, 3 points

MDES G4050: Freud and Derrida, 3 points

PHIL G9755: Problems in Social Philosophy, 3 points

Faculty and students interested in Psychoanalytical events at ICLS should request to join the ICLS-PSP listserv via an email to