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Undergraduate Programs



Think of your experience as a thesis.

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we want to hear it

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The time is now

your life experience has value. Whatever path you’ve taken to college, we’re ready to welcome you. The New School understands that your needs are different from those of an 18-year-old undergraduate. That’s why our Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students offers you the opportunity to self-design your degree, giving you the freedom and flexibility to tailor your academic path to your unique goals. You’ll have access to the resources of a leading New York City university and support from a faculty advisor every step of the way. Since 1919, The New School has been a center for discussion and instruction for mature and experienced learners. It began offering a bachelor’s degree program for returning veterans and other adults in the 1940s and continues this rich tradition today. Our forward-looking university is composed of five extraordinary schools and colleges, where students across disciplines find the support they need to be a force of collaboration, innovation, and crosscultural expression.


Complete your degree. here’s how.

Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students


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Self-designed degree option


Designated core faculty advisor


 redits awarded for college-level learning C from life and work experience


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 lexible schedule allowing you to study F full-time or part-time, day or night, online or on campus


 inancial aid available to eligible full-time, F part-time, and international students


Small discussion-based classes


Dual-degree bachelor’s–master’s option


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mentals Course. Choose one:*

2620 Landscapes of the City or

2621 Dynamic Metropolis or 2100 Urban Worlds: Social Justice and

ed City

y Elective. Choose one:* 2502 Historical Preservation: Space and

n or 3702 Topics in Urban History: Berlin or 3501 NYC: Past, Present, and Future or 3876 Explorations in Alternative


ds Elective. Choose one:* 2013 Urban Tool Box or 3140 Policy, Research, Social Change 3200 Spatial Thinking with GIS

505 Visualizing Data Core Lab. Choose one:* 3031 City Studio: Action Research for

Change or 3400 Community/Art/Development or 3800 Urban Practice and Design

gies Core Project. Choose one:* 3510 Homelessness: An International ctive 3035 Placemaking 3301 City in Motion: Radical

The New School’s Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students gives non-traditional students and adult learners the freedom and flexibility to tailor their degree to their unique stories and to pave a path that prepares them to achieve their

New York City

A degree just for you. Majors Liberal Arts BA, BS 1 (self-designed degree)

goals in a complex and rapidly changing world. Students may

Creative Writing BA

entirely self-design their degree or choose one of our majors.

Environmental Studies BA, BS

Whichever degree path our students choose, faculty, advisors, and staff support them in incorporating their experiences and unique voices into their degree.

Food Studies AAS, BA, BS 1 Global Studies BA Media Studies BA, BS

courses in these subject areas: Arts and Social Engagement

Literature, Culture, and Democracy

Creative Writing

Management, Leadership,

Cultural Studies

and Entrepreneurship

Environmental Studies Ethics, Power, and Justice

(AMDA Integrated graduates only) Psychology BA Urban Studies BA 1

Fully online option available.

Museum and Curatorial Studies

Film and Media Production

Philosophy and Religion

Minors: The Benefits of Cross-Disciplinary Learning

Film and Media Studies

Politics and Economics

Minors at The New School offer

Food Studies


you the opportunity to explore a

Foreign Languages

Race and Ethnicity Studies

wide range of disciplines,

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Riggio Honors Program:

General Education

Writing & Democracy

Global Studies



Teaching English to Speakers

Jewish Culture Journalism

including those offered at Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Performing Arts. Learn more at newschool.edu/minors.

of Other Languages Urban Studies



Anthropology and Sociology

Musical Theater BFA 1

The New School

Choose from hundreds of

DESIGNED BY YOU Seret Scott-Williams BA Liberal Arts Seret Scott-Williams left college to join the civil rights movement as a member of the Free Southern Theater. She works as an actor on Broadway, a theater director, and a playwright.

Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students

seret scottwilliams


“I chose the courses that interested me, and my advisor helped me fit them into the degree program I designed. It was exciting to share ideas with students who are one-third my age.�

finding new inspiration David Brown BA Liberal Arts Lifelong New Yorker and avid learner David Brown served in the military and has worked in fields ranging from commercial real estate to textile sales.

Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students


“I struck up a conversation with a Parsons student, and we talked for an hour about drawing, design, and innovation. Where else could a liberal arts student have the chance to easily collaborate with a design student? These connections don’t happen anywhere else.�

don’t wait until you think you’re ready

you’re ready

life experience matters Ted Kerr BA Liberal Arts Ted Kerr, a writer, artist, and activist from Canada, was a student in the Riggio Honors Program: Writing & Democracy. His internship at Visual AIDS in New York City led to a full-time position there.

Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students


“The life experience I brought to The New School improved my education—and I think it added to the classroom. The program made me a better student, a better researcher, and a better writer.”

new path to your future Francisca Sanhueza BS Food Studies Francisca Sanhueza worked for a fruit export company and as a food stylist and graduated from culinary school in her native Chile. She says, “Food is my life.�


“I thought I would take food studies and photography courses to develop my food styling business. Instead, my courses led me to a totally different career path, focusing on food as a vehicle for social justice.�

Take the next step Jean De Meuron BS Liberal Arts Film lover Jean De Meuron interned at Paramount Pictures and Resolution, assisted the vice president of Public Affairs at Viacom International Media Networks, and worked as a producer in his native Switzerland.

Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students


“I wanted a good degree that would help me work for one of the major film studios. I chose The New School for its innovative mix of courses. Students and alumni at The New School are on different paths and at different points in their lives, and they learn from one another.�

Begin anywhere.

Imagine an ideal and attain it.

Our University at a Glance

A Few Facts that Set Us Apart

Founded in 1919.

#1 for small classes Among national universities, The New School has

Located in Greenwich Village, in the heart of NYC, with a branch campus in Paris.

the highest proportion of classes with fewer than

Houses five schools and colleges.

Parsons School of Design is the top art and design

Offers more than 120 degree and diploma programs, more than 55 undergraduate minors, and 11 graduate minors. Has more than 10,000 degree-seeking students.

20 students.3

#1 art and design school school in the United States.4

#1 most international university We have a higher percentage of international students than any other U.S. university with more than 10,000 students.5

#1 for sustainable building The American Institute of Architects named the New School University Center one of the greenest

Students come from all 50 states and 115 countries.

buildings in the United States—and it’s the largest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold–certified urban university building.

9:1 student-to-faculty ratio.1 Provides financial aid and scholarships to 82% of students.2

Statement of Accreditation The New School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 216.284.5000). MSCHE is an institutional accreditor and federally recognized body. The New School has been accredited by MSCHE since 1960. All degree programs at the New York City campus of The New School are registered by the New York State Department of Education (NYSED, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234; 518.474.1551). Both NYSED and MSCHE provide assurance to students, parents, and all stakeholders that The New School meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance. For full accreditation information, please visit newschool.edu/provost/accreditation. The information included in the catalogs and all materials of the university represents the plans of The New School at the time they are made public. The university reserves the right to change

without notice any content in its print or online materials, including but not limited to tuition, fees, policies, degree programs, names of programs, course offerings, academic activities, academic requirements, facilities, faculty, and administrators. Payment of tuition and attendance of classes constitute acceptance of university policies set forth on this page and in the catalogs and other pages linked from it.

 019–2020 academic year. 2 2018–2019 academic year. Does not include non–New School aid or loans. 3 U.S. News & World Report (2018). 4 Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (2020). 5 U.S. News & World Report (2019).



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