Areas of Study


Students are required to complete one of the following majors for graduation.

BA students must complete at least 90 liberal arts credits and no more than 30 credits in non-liberal arts courses. BS students must complete at least 60 liberal arts credits and no more than 60 credits in non-liberal arts courses (defined as studio and practice-based courses and internships). Learn more about general degree requirements, including double majors, dual degrees such as the BA/BFA, double minors, and BA/MA programs.

Self-Designed Major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts)

For the self-designed Liberal Arts major noted above, students can elect to pursue a guided path of study in a subject. While students choosing the BA or BS in Liberal Arts may prefer an individualized major, some structured paths are available. Consult with an advisor to learn more.


The New School lets you customize your academic pathway and develop an interdisciplinary perspective by taking courses throughout the university. All undergraduates except those majoring in Liberal Arts can select a minor from any college of the university. Note that students cannot minor in their own major. In addition, a student who majors in an area of study with multiple concentrations (e.g., The Arts) cannot minor in the same area of study with a different concentration. In most cases, you can complete a minor without taking more than the number of credits needed for your bachelor’s degree.

For more information about your options, review the complete list of New School minors and contact your advisor.