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 requirementsBA/BFA students should review the BA/BFA 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 toward the degree, with at least 90 credits in liberal arts  

    • 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. All students are expected to spend a minimum of two years (60 credits) in residence 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. This requirement is prorated for transfer students. Read Guidelines for BA/BFA Students.

    3. For students who entered Lang as freshmen, at least 40 credits of 3000 level or above classes (prorated for transfer students). This requirement is prorated for transfer students who enter with sophomore standing or higher. Read Guidelines for Transfer Students.

    4. Writing the Essay I and II (or equivalent transfer credit). Read Guidelines for BA/BFA Students.

    5. First-Year Advising Seminar. Read Guidelines for BA/BFA Students.

    6. Two University Lecture (ULEC) courses. Consult an academic advisor for category requirements. (Transfer students with sophomore standing or higher may be eligible to apply transfer credit towards one or both ULEC requirements.)

    7. All requirements for a declared area of study, including a senior capstone (see below)

    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.