Lang’s General Degree Requirements
In addition to the requirements outlined here, Lang has specific requirements, including a minimum number of credits in liberal arts courses as well as college residency requirements. All students should read Lang’s General Degree Requirements and consult with both their Student Success advisor and their Departmental Faculty Advisor each semester to ensure that they are on track to graduate.
To be sure your Degree Works account reflects the information in this worksheet, students should forward any approved exemptions from the following requirements to their Student Success advisor.
Undergraduates in the BA-MA program can earn up to 18 credits (depending on the master's program) in New School master's courses and apply those graduate credits to both their BA and their MA. Submission of the Bachelor’s-Master’s application is required (members of the direct-entry cohort do not have to submit an application but do have to declare the Bachelor's-Master's combination they wish to pursue). Students should consult their Departmental Faculty Advisor and their Student Success advisor if they are pursuing a BA/MA, including those offered in Politics:
- BA Politics – MA Politics
Requirements for the BA in Politics
As of fall 2020, students declaring the major in Politics must take 12 courses, outlined as follows. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses to meet the requirements for the major in Politics. Declare your major by following the process outlined in Declaring Your Major. Students who have declared the major in Politics before fall 2020 but wish to follow the fall 2020 curriculum can consult their Student Success advisor about submitting a Change of Catalog Year request. Only specific courses satisfy the major requirements, including electives. Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the Departmental Faculty Advisor and your Student Success advisor. Track your progress using the program worksheet (below). See the university course catalog for fall 2023 Politics courses that fulfill these requirements. For updated course listings that meet the requirements below, email [email protected].
Introductory courses (9-12 credits):
- 3 introductory LPOL courses at the 2000 level. One of these may be fulfilled with a ULEC or first-year seminar taught by a Politics professor. (9-12 credits)
Other required courses (24-32 credits):
- 2 interdisciplinary and experiential courses from an approved list of non-POL classes (6-8 credits). Courses in LPHI, LECO, LHIS, LANT, LSOC, UGLB will automatically count toward this requirement.
Students are encouraged to explore courses from every school and discipline across The New School. These courses must be approved by the Departmental Faculty Advisor in order to count toward the interdisciplinary requirement.
Sample courses for this requirement include LMUS 3104 How Race Defines American Music, LSOC 3095 The Ghetto, UENV Urban Food Systems, and UGLB 2110 [Dis]Order and [In]Justice: Intro to Global Studies. (Email [email protected] for updated lists by semester.)
- 6 LPOL electives, 3000 level or higher (18-24 credits). Prerequisite: Completion of 2 introductory classes or junior/senior standing. Sample courses include LPOL 3038 China in Revolution and Reform, LPOL 3042 Politics of the Internet, LPOL 3070 Becoming Generation Citizen, and LPOL 3087 The Making of Modern International Society.
Senior Capstone (3-4 credits):
LPOL 4030 Politics Senior Capstone Seminar. Students write a senior thesis published in UnderPol. Prerequisite: Declared major, senior standing, minimum GPA, and instructor permission (3-4 credits).
Total credits: 36-48