Environmental Studies degrees are truly interdisciplinary and involve several
divisions of the university. All BA and BS degree students in Environmental
Studies take classes offered by Parsons, Lang, and The New School for Public Engagement, including design studios, science labs, and
seminars. By taking courses in sustainable design, urban ecosystem
science and the social sciences, students gain important insights into the
ecology and conditions of urban environments and learn how to diagnose problems and find
solutions. Qualified students in the program are can take graduate-level courses in Environmental
Policy and Sustainability Management offered by the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.
Environmental Studies major for both the BA and the BS degrees includes
coursework in sustainable design, urban ecosystem science, and the social
sciences. Bachelor of Arts students can choose to concentrate in Urban
Ecosystems or Environment, Society and Public Policy. Bachelor of Science
students have the option of concentrating in either Urban Ecosystems or
Sustainable Design. Both degree programs are cross-disciplinary and include
fieldwork, internships, and
collaborative final projects.
programs take advantage of The New School's location in New York City, which, because of its
size, history, diversity, and dynamism, presents examples of most
of the environmental problems faced by all cities around the world. Being New
York City, it is also a great source of solutions. For every environmental
problem here, there are dozens of entrepreneurial businesses, government
agencies, and activist community groups responding in various ways.
Environmental Studies at the New School offers students access to the people
who are devoting their creative energy to making New York City a more resilient
and livable environment.
courses feature guest lecturers from and/or field trips to visit relevant local
institutions. Many courses are formally partnered with outside organizations so that our
students can learn about urban environmentalism and sustainable design in the
context of the current problems of concern to those institutions and have opportunities to work alongside
practitioners and help them achieve their