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Comics and Graphic Narrative


The Comics and Graphic Narrative minor is dedicated to the study and creation of stories using text and image. The tradition of graphic narrative includes the comic strip; the graphic novel and its precursors; and forms of theatrical presentation, including the illustrated broadside, toy theater, and picture recitation. Graphic narrative spans the fields of documentary and reportage, fiction, autobiography, and educational instruction. In the minor, students are encouraged to initiate and visualize their own stories through the usage of manual or computer-supported techniques.

The minor in Comics and Graphic Narrative requires successful completion of 18 credits across four subject areas, as outlined in the chart below. Please note:

  • PSAM 1040 Reading Graphic Novels is required of all students intending to complete this minor.

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 Comics and Graphic Narrative:

  • BA/BS Liberal Arts


Subject Area Course Options Requirements
Composition 3 credits
Creative Process and Critique

0–3 credits

Students who have already completed one of these courses, or will do so for their major, should instead select another course in the subject area "Text-Image Projects and Publication" (below).

History/Theory 3 credits
Text-Image Projects and Publication 9–12 credits