• Global Studies (Minor)

  • Overview

    The Global Studies minor is offered through the Schools of Public Engagement.

    Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on contemporary challenges that by definition cannot be solved solely at the nation-state or market level. Global Studies is about social transformation and justice. Students are encouraged to not only improve existing systems but gain knowledge and experience to change them. 

    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

    The minor in Global Studies requires completion of 18-22 credits outlined as follows. 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.


    Subject AreaSample CoursesRequirements
    Core CoursesUGLB 2110 (Dis)Order and (In)Justice: Introduction to Global Studies
    UGLB 2111 Global Economies
    6 credits
    Knowledge Base CoursesUGLB 3210 Introduction to International Law
    UENV 2000 Environment and Society
    LCST 2120 Introduction to Cultural Studies
    LCST 2450 Introduction to Media Studies
    LCST 3901 Radio/Podcasting
    LREL 3004 Theorizing Religion 
    LSOC 2850 Urban Sociology
    3-4 credits
    Global Challenge Elective Clusters and SeminarsCluster 1 - People, Places, and Encounters (PPE)
    UGLB 3314 Global Gender and Sexuality
    UGLB 4320 Indigenous Politics and Environmental Justice

    Cluster 2 - Markets and States (MS)
    UGLB 3420 Making Sausage: Policy for Food Systems Environment and Design
    Cluster 3 - Rights, Justice, and Governance (RJG)
    UGLB 3507 Security, Conflict, and Society in the 21st Century
    Cluster 4 - Urban, Media, and Environment (UME)
    NCOM 3166 Race, Ethnicity, and Class in Media

    Collaborative Research Seminars
    UGLB 3714 Refugee Youth Experiences

    9-12 credits

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

      Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses to fulfill the minor.


      The Global Studies minor is available to undergraduate students across The New School, with the exception of students enrolled in the BA in Global Studies.

      Please meet with your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit in with your overall degree requirements. If you have additional questions about requirements for the Global Studies minor that cannot be answered by your Student Success advisor, please consult:

      Academic Advisor for Global, Environmental, and Urban Studies 
      Christina McElderry 

      64 West 11th Street, room 120 
      [email protected] 

      Global Studies Chair and Departmental Faculty Advisor
      Jonathan Bach
      [email protected]

      How to Declare or Change a Minor

      General guidelines for declaring a minor are available here. Current students can declare or change a minor by logging in to my.newschool.edu, clicking on the Academics tab, and then clicking on the link to Major/Minor Declarations.

    • Take the Next Step

      Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

      Declare or change a minor on my.newschool.edu in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

    • Take The Next Step

    Submit your application


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