Environmental Studies

  • When you graduate with a degree in Environmental Studies from The New School, you are trained to identify the critical environmental issues that face contemporary cities—and to devise creative and scientifically sound responses by bringing together solutions from the fields of social science, natural science, and design.

    Degree Options

    The New School offers two innovative programs of study in Environmental Studies, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS), that are part of the university's suite of interdisciplinary undergraduate programs. BA students can concentrate in Urban Ecosystems or Public Policy. BS students can concentrate in Urban Ecosystems.

    All students in the BA and BS programs take classes at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, Parsons School of Design, and the Schools of Public Engagement. The main difference between the two programs is that Bachelor of Science students take two extra studio classes (in which they work on closely supervised design projects), complete a design-based capstone project, and can concentrate in sustainable design by taking three design electives. If you are interested in policy, you might choose to earn a BA. If you are interested in design, you might choose to go for a BS. You can decide once you are here.

    Qualified students can take graduate-level courses in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management offered at The New School. A bachelor's-master's degree option is also available.

    The University and New York City

    The New School’s Environmental Studies programs are unique in incorporating design into a liberal arts curriculum. That means that all Environmental Studies students learn the fundamentals of design and take studio classes. You’ll gain valuable experience through hands-on learning that includes fieldwork and internships with environmental organizations, agencies, and businesses.

    The New School’s Environmental Studies programs focus on issues related to large urban environments, so you’ll use New York City as your laboratory. For every environmental problem in New York, there are dozens of entrepreneurial businesses, government agencies, and activist community groups responding in various ways. Environmental Studies offers you access to people who are devoting their creative energy to making New York City a more resilient and livable environment.

    Career Paths

    The Environmental Studies programs prepare graduates for careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and for graduate study in a wide range of fields. As a student, you’ll gain interactional expertise, which means having enough familiarity with a discipline or practice to hold meaningful conversations with experts in those fields and even to manage teams of experts in complex projects. Career options include sustainability consulting, public policy, working with corporations in environmental analysis, working with nonprofit environmental organizations, urban design, and urban planning.