The Committee on Liberal Studies

The Committee on Liberal Studies is a group of distinguished faculty in the humanities and other disciplines from across The New School who oversee the interdisciplinary curriculum of the MA Liberal Studies degree program.

The MA in Liberal Studies program developed by the committee offers graduate training in the following areas:

  1. Intellectual History and Modern Thought
  2. Literature, the Arts, and Aesthetics
  3. Criticism and Publishing
  4. Media and Culture

The program is designed for students who want to improve the quality of their prose while mastering new modes of serious inquiry, either within an academic context or in the public sphere. Special attention is paid to the history of Western thought, but current developments in the intellectual life of the West and the rest of the world are also explored.

Among the program's 20-plus faculty members are distinguished writers and accomplished scholars. Upon the approval of a thesis topic, students work closely with one or more faculty members on their project.

Our MA in Liberal Studies is designed to serve the intellectual needs of both traditional and nontraditional students. Some students develop careers in writing, journalism, or publishing. Some enter professions such as law. Some want a build a broad intellectual base before choosing a PhD program in a humanities or social science discipline, either at The New School for Social Research or elsewhere. Some seek a rich engagement with the culture of our times, independent of any given professional goal.

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