Free inquiry and intellectual rigor: the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is a distinctive academic experience that gives students access to faculty and courses across The New School. The program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the humanities and social sciences. Each student designs an individual path of study by defining a research subject and taking relevant courses. The experience culminates in the writing of an original master's thesis.
Except for two required seminars (Eros and Civilization and the Proseminar in Intellectual History and Cultural Studies), all courses are electives, chosen by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor. The Liberal Studies curriculum covers historical and contemporary philosophy, intellectual history, literature, arts, media, critical theory, publishing, and writing.
While students are free to take any combination of approved courses they wish, the faculty is especially strong in four areas of study:
The MA in Liberal Studies is designed to meet the needs of both traditional and nontraditional graduate students. Some students expect to enter or advance in careers in journalism, publishing, research, teaching, creative writing, media and nonprofit administration, and other professions that value critical thinking and a broad knowledge base. Some seek to establish a strong intellectual base before deciding on a PhD program that appeals to their interests. The Liberal Studies MA prepares students for a wide range of academic and professional placements.
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The New School for Social Research
Office of Admission
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th FloorNew York, NY 10003
212.229.5600 or 800.523.5411
Committee on Liberal Studies
6 East 16th Street, room 711A
New York, NY 10003
Tel: 212.229.2747 ext. 3026
Chair: Ken Wark
Senior Secretary: Rachelle Rahmelibstudy@newschool.eduOffice Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am-6pm
Student Advisor: Aaron Newmanliberalstudiesadv@newschool.edu
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