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Art and Design History


Art history is one of the broadest fields in the humanities, concerned not only with the nature of works of art—their form, style, and content—but also with the social, political, and cultural circumstances that shape them. The Art and Design History minor encourages a lifelong understanding and appreciation of art and design, with opportunities to cultivate more advanced and specialized knowledge.

The minor in Art and Design History requires successful completion of 18 credits across five subject areas, as outlined in the chart below.

Please note:
  • Non-Parsons courses, even if listed below, require the permission of an ADHT faculty advisor in order to count toward the minor. All exceptions to the PLAH course code must be approved in advance of registration.

Note: Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


Parsons minors are generally open to undergraduate students across The New School, except where program restrictions exist. All students should contact their advisors regarding their options before pursuing a minor.

Students majoring in the following programs are restricted from pursuing a minor in Art and Design History:

  • BA/BS Liberal Arts


Subject Area Course Options Requirements
Art and Design Survey 3 credits

3–6 credits

* ADHT faculty advisor permission required.


3–6 credits

* ADHT faculty advisor permission required.

  • Students should select a course or courses from within the PLAH subject code at the 4000 level.
3–6 credits
Studio Practice
  • Students should select a studio course or courses appropriate to their studio skill and experience. Qualifying courses can be found within subject codes beginning PSxx or PUxx.
3–6 credits