This self-designed program encourages you to think deeply about issues and make connections across multiple fields of study. As a Liberal Arts major, you ask difficult questions, create new knowledge through research, and express yourself boldly and persuasively through oral and written communications. Through these experiences, you gain skills, knowledge, and confidence that will provide a foundation on which to pursue any number of careers.
Because the Liberal Arts curriculum is so flexible, you have exciting opportunities to take courses throughout The New School - at Parsons School of Design, the College of Performing Arts, and the Schools of Public Engagement.
To get started, you work closely with your advisor to develop a proposal outlining the themes or subjects you plan to study along with and a selection of courses. Typically, the chair of Liberal Arts reviews and approves the path of study statement no later than the third semester of a student's junior year. Junior transfer students must have path statements approved during their second semester in residence.
You can earn either a BS or BA degree in Liberal Arts, depending on the curriculum you create. The BA degree option allows up to 30 non-liberal arts credits overall. The BS degree option allows up to 60 non-liberal arts credits - ideal for students who want to incorporate more applied artistic and practice-based coursework.
Connecting to New York City
While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. Liberal Arts students benefit from studying in the heart of the city through:
- Fieldwork options with organizations based in and near New York City
- Local internships in almost any field, including publishing, media, education, the arts, and business
- Opportunities to earn academic credit while doing work centered on social justice
Your interdisciplinary, personalized Liberal Arts course of study prepares you for today's flexible career paths and rapidly changing industries. You'll emerge as critical thinker and effective agent of social change, ready to work in a variety of fields from education to entrepreneurship, media to global leadership, journalism to policy. You will also be prepared for graduate study in a wide range of fields including law, management, the arts, media, and sustainability.
If you are planning to pursue graduate studies, consider applying to the Bachelor's-Master's program, which enables you to earn graduate credits that will apply to both your Lang degree and a master's degree at The New School.