Graduation Requirements

  • Graduation Audits

    All students should schedule an appointment with the senior class advisor at least two semesters in advance of graduation. The purpose of the appointment is to review your academic progress and ensure all degree requirements will be satisfied for graduation.

    In your junior year, you should schedule an appointment with your advisor for an early audit of your academic progress to ensure the requirements of your degree program are satisfied on time. The transcript is reviewed for general education and area of study requirements, in addition to residency requirements. Below are Lang’s general degree requirements. BA/BFA students should review the Guidelines for BA/BFA Students Handbook for their particular requirements and consult an academic advisor. General degree requirements for the BA/BS at Lang are:

    1. A minimum 120 total credits, including:

    • Bachelor of Arts students must complete at least 90 liberal arts credits and not more than 30 credits in non-liberal arts courses (defined as studio and practice-based courses and internships)
    • Bachelor of Science students must complete at least 60 liberal arts credits and not more than 60 credits in non-liberal arts courses (defined as studio and practice-based courses and internships)

    2. Writing the Essay I and II (or equivalent transfer credit; Jazz BA/BFA students must complete Writing the Essay I only; Parsons BA/BFA students not required to take Writing the Essay)

    3. First-Year Advising Seminar (BA/BFA students should consult a Student Success advisor.)

    4. Lang residency: Students are expected to spend a minimum of two years (60 credits) at Lang, including the final two semesters immediately preceding graduation. This includes courses through Lang, University Liberal Studies, and cross-listed courses from other divisions of The New School (prorated for transfers; All BA/BFA students must earn a minimum of 44 credits in Lang courses--at least one Lang course during every semester).

    5. Two University Lecture (ULEC) courses. Consult a Student Success advisor for category requirements.

    * Transfer students: This is not a requirement for students who transfer in with 30 credits or more.
    * BA/BFA students: As of Fall 2018, all BA/BFA students (Jazz and Parsons) must take one ULEC course.

    6. Completion of the requirements for a Lang major (usually 13 courses), including a senior capstone (see below).

    7. For students who entered as freshmen, at least 40 credits of 3000 level or higher-level courses (prorated for transfer students who enter with sophomore standing or higher). This requirement is prorated for transfer students who enter with sophomore standing or higher.

    8. No more than 24 internship/independent study credits.

    Notes for Transfer Students

    • Transfer students must complete a minimum of 60 credits at The New School.
    • Transfer credits (prorated) are counted toward the requirement of 40 credits in 3000- or higher-level courses.
    • Transfer students can apply up to three courses (a maximum of 12 credits) taken at other institutions to fulfill major or interdisciplinary program requirements, with the permission of the chair or director of the major program at Lang. The student may be required to provide course syllabi for evaluation.

    Senior Capstone Requirement

    Each student at Eugene Lang College must complete a senior capstone requirement in their area of study. The requirement may be satisfied with an individual project, a collaborative project, or a special seminar course depending on the area of study. There may be a prerequisite course requirement prior to taking the seminar course. Consult with the chair of your academic program when choosing a senior capstone. The chair can also assist you with locating an appropriate seminar option or advisor for your independent project. See the Senior Capstone page for more information.