• BA/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 programs not registered or otherwise approved may jeopardize the student’s eligibility for certain student aid awards. 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. 

    University-Wide Undergraduate Degree Requirements

    Undergraduate students must complete all university-wide requirements for their degree and adhere to all relevant university policies. See the university's catalog for more information about each of these requirements:

    • Minimum 120 credits
    • Required number of liberal arts credits for their degree (see Liberal Arts section below)
    • Shared Capacities requirements (consult your Student Success advisor)
    • Two University Lecture (ULEC) courses. Consult your Student Success advisor for category requirements. (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).

      Students must also complete all additional requirements for their college, school, and/or program, including, but not limited to, additional total number of credits and additional liberal arts credits (see your particular program of study for these requirements).

      Liberal Arts
      Minimum required liberal arts credits*:

      • Bachelor of Arts (BA) 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 (BS) 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)

      Please note that some programs may require additional liberal arts credits (see your particular program of study for these requirements).

      General degree requirements for the BA/BS at Lang

      In addition to the university-wide undergraduate degree requirements above, Lang students must complete the following:

      Students who enter with freshman standing must complete the following courses:

      • Writing the Essay I and II (or equivalent transfer credit; Jazz BA/BFA students are exempt from the Writing the Essay II requirement; Parsons BA/BFA students are not required to take Writing the Essay)
      • First-Year Advising Seminar (BA/BFA students should consult a Student Success advisor)

      All students must also comply with the following policies:

      • Students who entered Lang as freshmen must earn at least 40 credits in 3000-level or higher-level courses (prorated for transfers who enter with sophomore standing or higher).
      • 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).
      • Completion of all course requirements for a Lang major or interdisciplinary program (see your particular program of study for these requirements). 
      • No more than 24 internship/independent study credits
      • Required minimum grades for courses in the major
      • Required overall minimum GPA for the major

      Enrollment in non-approved programs may jeopardize the student’s eligibility for certain student aid awards.

      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 departmental faculty advisor.

      Double Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

      Students may be able to declare and complete up to two (2) majors and/or two (2) minors as part of their course of study. Students completing a double major receive one degree, with both majors noted on the transcript. Completing a double major requires fulfillment of all the requirements for both degree programs and approval from the departmental faculty advisors of both programs. The senior capstone may be either a joint project or the senior seminar from one of the degree programs, with the approval of the departmental faculty advisors of both programs. No more than three (3) courses can be applied toward both degrees.

      Students interested in a double major should consult with their Student Success advisor as well as the departmental faculty advisors in both programs to find out whether completing the two majors, even with double counting of three courses, would significantly increase the length of time they would need to graduate.

      Similarly, students can complete two minors, where offered, by fulfilling all the requirements for both minor programs. Since a minor requires fewer courses in total, no more than two (2) courses can be applied toward both minors (or to a major-minor combination).

      Where concentrations are offered within a major, students can complete two concentrations, but no more than two (2) courses can be applied toward both concentrations.

      Restrictions for Double-Majors:

      • Students pursuing the self-designed major in Liberal Arts cannot complete a double major. 
      • Students pursuing a BS in Environmental Studies can complete a minor but not a double major. However, students pursuing a BA in Environmental Studies can pursue a second major or a minor

      The following are not options at The New School: BA/BS, BA/BBA, and BS/BBA. 

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