BA and BS Requirements

  • The New School awards Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees to Eugene Lang College students who successfully complete 120 credits of study as described below. Enrollment in other than registered or otherwise approved programs may jeopardize the student’s eligibility for certain student aid awards.

    General Degree Requirements at Eugene Lang College (BA or BS)

    Below are Lang’s general degree requirements. All students should consult with their Student Success advisor in addition to their departmental faculty advisor each semester to ensure they are on track to graduate. 

    General degree requirements for the BA/BS at Lang are:

    • Successful completion of 120 credits, including:
      • Bachelor of Arts students must complete at least 90 liberal arts credits and not more than 30 credits in non-liberal arts courses (defined as studio and practice-based courses and internships)
      • Bachelor of Science students must complete at least 60 liberal arts credits and not more than 60 credits in non-liberal arts courses (defined as studio and practice-based courses and internships)
    • Writing the Essay I and II (or equivalent transfer credit; Jazz BA/BFA students must complete Writing the Essay I only; Parsons BA/BFA students not required to take Writing the Essay)
    • First-Year Advising Seminar (BA/BFA students should consult a Student Success advisor)
    • Lang residency: Students are expected to spend a minimum of two years (60 credits) at Lang, including the final two semesters immediately preceding graduation. This includes courses through Lang, University Liberal Studies, and cross-listed courses from other divisions of The New School (prorated for transfers; all BA/BFA students must earn a minimum of 44 credits in Lang courses--at least one Lang courses during every semester).
    • Two University Lecture (ULEC) courses. Consult an academic advisor for category requirements.
      • Transfer students: This is not a requirement for students who transfer in with 30 credits or more.
      • BA/BFA students: As of Fall 2018, all BA/BFA students (Jazz and Parsons) must take one ULEC course.
    • Completion of the requirements for a Lang major or interdisciplinary program (usually 13 courses, including a senior capstone)
    • For students who entered Lang as freshmen, at least 40 credits in 3000-level or higher-level courses (prorated for transfers who enter with sophomore standing or higher).

    Students studying abroad may take up to three courses toward their area of study at the host institution, subject to preliminary review and final approval on their return by the chair.

    Notes for Transfer Students

    • Transfer students must complete a minimum of 60 credits at The New School.
    • Transfer credits (prorated) are counted toward the requirement of 40 credits in 3000- or higher-level courses.
    • Transfer students can apply up to three courses (a maximum of 12 credits) taken at other institutions to fulfill major or interdisciplinary program requirements, with the permission of the chair or director of the major program at Lang. The student may be required to provide course syllabi for evaluation.
    • Review the Guidelines for Transfer Students and consult a Student Success advisor to ensure you are on track to graduate.

    Double Majors, Double Minors, and Dual Degrees

    Read requirements for Double Majors, Double Minors, Dual Degrees at Lang