Global Studies Minor | Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfers

Public Engagement

Global Studies Minor

  • Global Studies programs have become a popular and important part of the college curriculum in recent years as a way of studying globalizing processes that are radically altering our world. Unlike most global studies programs, which adhere strictly to traditional international relations or area studies approaches, Global Studies at the New School presents an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and responding to the most pressing issues today at the intersection of the global and the local—from climate change to unprecedented human migration, from intractable conflicts to the persistence of poverty and its consequences. In keeping with the focus of the approved Global Studies major, the minor will offer courses emphasizing the construction of identities, critical evaluation of forms of global order, and the challenges of achieving global justice and governing flows of people, goods, money, and information. Courses also draw on the strength of the university in exploring the global spaces of environment, cities, media, and design.

    Students interested in a minor can simulate a worksheet that accounts for courses already completed and in progress using the "What If" feature in Degree Works.

    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.


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are interested in pursuing deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • The ability to critically evaluate the role of multiple causal factors in the analysis of global issues and dynamics
    • The ability to draw on theories, principles, and knowledge from more than one discipline to address a specific global problem or dynamic
    • A solid understanding of one or more contemporary global social or political concerns
    • The ability to critically evaluate forms of global order
    • A solid understanding of the construction of identities and the challenges of achieving global justice and governing global flows of people, goods, money, and information
    • The ability to conduct research and communicate findings effectively
    • The ability to make a convincing scholarly argument that is relevant to the specific field of inquiry


    Subject Area Sample Courses Requirements
    Core Courses UGLB 2110 [Dis]Order and [In]Justice: Introduction to Global Studies
    UGLB 2111 Global Economies
    6 credits
    Knowledge Base Courses UGLB 3210 Introduction to International Law
    UENV 2000 Environment and Society
    NECO 2002 Introduction to Macroeconomics
    LHIS 2023 Power and Knowledge
    LCST 2450 Introduction to Media Studies
    LSOC 2850 Urban Sociology
    LSOC 2053 Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Society
    3-4 credits
    Global Challenge Electives Clusters and Seminars Cluster 1 - People, Places, and Encounters (PPE)
    UGLB 3330 Global Himalaya: Rethinking Culture and Ecology
    UGLB 4317 Europe and Its Crises
    UGLB 2301 The Middle East: States, People, and Power in the Contemporary Era
    LREL 2075 World Christianities
    LANT 2100 Postcolonial Africa
    LHIS 3027 From the Plague to AIDS and Beyond: Global Histories of Disease
    LLSL 3052 Literature and Revolution in Latin America
    LEDU 3102 Literacy Around the Globe

    Cluster 2 - Markets and States
    UGLB 3411 The Political Economy of China's New Capitalism
    UGLB 4502 Contending Economic Analyses and Economic Development
    LPOL 2017 Nation-State and Its Discontents
    LSOC 3037 Dictatorship and Revolution
    LECO 3810 The Evolution of Financial Institutions from the Fuggers to Bretton-Woods — and Beyond
    LHIS 3817 Drones, Dunes, and "Dirty Wars": The United States and the New World Order
    LECO 3823 Intermediate Microeconomics: Methods and Models

    Cluster 3 - Rights, Justice, and Governance (RJG)
    UGLB 3521 Humanitarian Intervention and Responsibility to Protect
    UGLB 3522 The Politics of Aid in Africa
    UGLB 4512 Human Rights and Transitional Justice
    LEDU 3033 Education, Human Rights, and the Promise of Development
    NANT 3671 Childhood in Crisis — Development in a Globalized World
    LHIS 4581 Politics and Violence in Latin American History
    LHIS 4582 The Rise and Fall of Communism

    Cluster 4 - Urban, Media, and Environment (UME)
    UGLB 3602 China Urbanized: The Making of the Chinese Middle Class
    LURB 2481 City System Mobility and Infrastructure
    LSCI 2600 Climate and Society
    LSOC 3001 Surveillance and Social Order
    NCOM 3023 Media, Nature, and Apocalypse
    LLSW 3150 Writing in the World
    NURB 3500 Global Images of Metropolitan Futures

    Collaborative Research Seminars
    UGLB 3602 Collaborative Research Seminar: Skills for Global Change
    UGLB 3714 Collaborative Research Seminar: Refugee Youth Experiences
    9-12 credits

    Courses can be selected from any cluster or seminar; at least 2 courses must be at the 3000 level or higher.

    Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.

    For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Alexandra Delano, chair, at