The Visual Studies minor is offered through Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. This
page outlines requirements for the minor.
Lang students who major in The Arts at Lang (BA The Arts) also have the option to pursue the Arts in Context concentration, in
which they can study visual studies along with a liberal arts discipline. For example, a student can focus on arts criticism by taking courses in visual studies and writing. Other majors such as Psychology or Urban Studies can also provide wider contexts for visual art studies.
Part of the interdisciplinary Arts curriculum at Eugene Lang College, Visual Studies offers a distinctive approach to the study of the history and theory of art as well as the broader field of visual culture. The curriculum reflects the dominant role of images in contemporary society and culture.
The Visual Studies minor requires the following five courses:
- One 2000-level introductory course (3-4 credits). Choose from:
- One LVIS course at the 3000 level or above (4 credits)
- Three electives in Art History or Visual Studies or related fields of study (11-12 credits; see note below)
Total credits: 18-20
- At least three of the five courses for the minor must be
LVIS and/or LINA courses in Art History or Visual Studies.
- Two of the five required courses can be
fulfilled by courses from other Lang departments/programs, including LCST (Lang
Culture & Media) and from Parsons ADHT and NSPE; these courses must
have a focus on art history, visual studies, museum and curatorial studies,
cultural studies, screen studies, media studies, or performance studies.
- For transfer students, no more than two transfer courses
count toward the minor.
- Students must receive a grade of C or better in all courses
to fulfill the minor.
Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School. Please meet with your Student Success advisor to see how a minor will fit in with your overall degree requirements. Interested students should also review the curriculum and speak with the Visual Studies departmental faculty advisor before declaring this minor. Arts in Context students should follow the minor requirements for Visual Studies, above, or an alternate plan of study approved by the Visual Studies departmental faculty advisor.
If you have questions about
requirements for the Visual Studies minor that cannot be answered by your
Student Success advisor, please consult Visual Studies Program Director and Departmental Faculty Advisor Soyoung Yoon at [email protected].
Prospective students with questions about the Visual Studies program can email [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.
Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the departmental faculty advisor. See the university course catalog for fall 2023 Visual Studies courses that fulfill these requirements. Students pursuing the Visual Studies
minor are encouraged to download the Visual Studies Minor Requirements worksheet to track their progress.