Public Engagement

Self-Designed Liberal Arts Degree (BA/BS)

  • Where Do You Want Your Education to Take You?

    The New School understands that the needs of students in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students are different from those of traditional college students. Our self-designed degree program in Liberal Arts gives you the freedom to create your own path of study—and the flexibility to change direction as your goals change.

    Our expert faculty advisors will help you design a curriculum based on your interests and career goals. From your first day to graduation, your faculty advisor will be there to help you tailor your education to your needs.

    Areas of Study

    When you design your degree program, you can choose courses from many areas of study, including those listed below. Visit our Subject Areas page to view all subjects you can study within the self-designed program.

    • Arts and Social Engagement
    • Digital Humanities
    • Environmental Studies
    • Ethics, Power and Justice
    • Film Production*
    • Food Studies
    • Foreign Languages
    • Gender and Sexuality Studies
    • Global Studies
    • Literary and Cultural Studies
    • Management and Leadership
    • Media Studies
    • Psychology
    • Race and Ethnicity Studies
    • Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy
    • Screenwriting*

    * Also offered as a credit or noncredit certificate.

    Self-Designed Degree Options

    Your choice of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree will depend on your prior education and the areas of study that interest you at The New School. We’ll help you determine the option that’s right for you.

    • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (at least 90 of 120 credits for courses designated Liberal Arts)
    • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts (at least 60 but less than 90 credits for courses designated Liberal Arts)

    Special Academic Programs for Liberal Arts Majors

    • Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy, a sequence of creative writing workshops and seminars for gifted writers (comes with tuition assistance)
    • Food Studies Program: Our mobility agreement with the International Culinary Center (ICC) enables our students to apply and enroll in one or more of the culinary or pastry professional training programs of the ICC in New York City or California. In addition, The New School has an arrangement with the ICC by which ICC students admitted to an undergraduate program in the Schools of Public Engagement can receive transfer credits for their ICC studies.
    • Certificates in Film Production, Screenwriting, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages can be earned concurrently with the bachelor's degree by careful choice of electives.