• University Minors

  • University Minors

    Cross Disciplines, Reap the Benefits

    Minors at The New School offer you major opportunities to immerse yourself in new disciplines. These highly creative and enriching series of courses give you endless ways to broaden your formidable skills, interests, and career options. Artists can gain a global perspective, historians can learn music composition, designers can study sociology. Every time you cross into a new discipline, you increase your relevance to a world that equates creativity with multidisciplinary talents.


    • Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and the Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or the Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students interested in pursuing a deeper study of these subject areas, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students.
    • Students must first declare a major before declaring a minor.
    • Students can declare up to two minors.
    • Students are encouraged to successfully complete two courses required by the minor before formally declaring a minor.
    • Students must earn the required minimum grades to apply courses toward a minor (grade requirements and other policies are set by the minor's divisional home).
    • Students can retroactively apply successfully completed courses toward a minor up until the time their degree is conferred.
    • Students are not permitted to take majors and minors that are too similar for students to declare both. See the list of majors that preclude minors below.


    MinorOpen to all students except those majoring in…
    AnthropologyAnthropology (BA)
    Communication DesignCommunication Design (BFA), Graphic Design (AAS)
    Contemporary MusicJazz (BFA), Contemporary Music (BA), and Mannes (BM)
    Creative EntrepreneurshipStrategic Design and Management (BBA)
    Culture and MediaCulture and Media (BA)
    DanceThe Arts major with a concentration in Dance (BA)
    EconomicsEconomics B(A)
    Environmental StudiesEnvironmental Studies (BA, BS)
    Fashion CommunicationFashion Design BFA, Fashion Design (AAS)
    Fine ArtsFine Arts (BFA)
    Food StudiesFood Studies (BA, BS)
    Global StudiesGlobal Studies (BA, BS)
    HistoryHistory (BA)
    Interdisciplinary ScienceInterdisciplinary Science (BA)
    Jewish StudiesReligious Studies (BA)
    Journalism + DesignJournalism + Design (BA)
    LiteratureLiterary Studies major with a concentration in Literature (BA)
    PhilosophyPhilosophy (BA)
    PhotographyPhotography (BFA)
    PoliticsPolitics (BA)
    PsychologyPsychology (BA)
    Religious StudiesReligious Studies (BA)
    SociologySociology (BA)
    Sustainable CitiesUrban Studies (BS)
    TheaterDrama (BFA), Theater (BA)
    Urban StudiesUrban Studies (BA)
    Visual StudiesThe Arts major with a concentration in Visual Studies (BA)
    WritingLiterary Studies major with a concentration in Writing (BA)

    Declare or Apply to a Minor

    Declare a minor by filling out the form at

    For some minors, eligibility may be restricted on the basis of area of study, because of constraints on facilities, or by the need for a specific level of skill in a particular field; in such cases, an application is required (as indicated in "Available Minors" listing above).  For these minors, complete the application form at