• IMG - Lang Politics

    Students can study politics as a major (BA, Politics), as a minor, or as part of a self-designed program (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). A bachelor's-master's degree option is also available.

    Studying politics is one of the most challenging, engaging, and exciting inquiries one can imagine. In studying politics, you analyze old debates, examine current issues, and develop commitment to critical thinking. To study politics is to study power, authority, and decisions in all their forms and locations, from the politics of large national institutions to the politics of neighborhoods and families. Who has power? Who has authority? How are both used and contested? As a Politics major at Lang, you’ll investigate historical and contemporary arguments and initiatives involving values and forms of government. Studying politics opens up new possibilities for understanding and action.

    You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of areas including

    • Civic engagement and political action
    • Law and political institutions in comparative perspective
    • Theories of political processes and institutions
    • Global politics
    • The politics of difference and inequality
    • Government, markets, and regulation in making and implementing public policies

    At Lang, the rigorous analysis of politics is not only about explanation and understanding, but about weighing competing visions of democracy and social progress. The faculty emphasize theoretical inquiry into the ideals and goals that are crucial for politics—without presuming that the relevant arguments ever end. Our curriculum is designed to promote democracy and global justice by helping you become a critical thinker and passionate actor.

    The University and New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. Politics majors blend empirical, historical, and theoretical work with interdisciplinary perspectives from fields such as philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and economics.

    Our New York City location offers opportunities to explore the major political issues of our time—including civil liberties, immigration, socioeconomic inequality, and environmental concerns—at close range. How these issues are handled and resolved here informs their evolution on an international scale. In addition, New York City has long been a crucial site for political debates about vital urban policy issues, including policing, education, housing, and immigration.

    Through Project Pericles and Lang's Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice, you can work with community organizations or other groups in New York City. You can also pursue internships with international institutions, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations in New York and Washington, D.C. To broaden your horizons, you can enroll in exchange programs through New School programs abroad or universities in foreign countries.

    Career Paths

    The Politics major prepares students to pursue advanced study for careers in many fields, including national and international public service, education, journalism, activism, law, and entrepreneurship. Above all, it prepares you for a lifetime of critical and constructive engagement with your communities and the world.