• Reap the Benefits of cross-disciplinary study by declaring a minor

    Minors at The New School offer you major opportunities to immerse yourself in new disciplines. These highly creative and enriching series of courses give you endless ways to broaden your skills, interests, and career options. Artists can gain a global perspective, historians can learn music composition, designers can study sociology. Every time you cross into a new discipline, you increase your relevance to a world that equates creativity with multidisciplinary talents. Learn more about available college minors and the process for declaring a minor at The New School with the list and information below. If you have questions about preclusions, applications, or specific course offerings, an admissions officer can help. 

  • Available Minors


    • Minors are available to all undergraduate students at The New School, though some minors are closed to students in certain majors (please see the list of preclusions for more details). Students may declare minors outside of their own colleges.
    • Students must first declare a major before declaring a minor.
    • Students can declare up to two minors.
    • Students are encouraged to successfully complete two courses required by the minor before formally declaring a minor.
    • Students must earn the required minimum grades to apply courses toward a minor (grade requirements and other policies are set by the minor's divisional home).
    • Students can retroactively apply successfully completed courses toward a minor up until the time their degree is conferred.
    • For each minor, students must successfully complete a minimum of 14 credits of coursework at The New School (not transfer credits) in the minor that are distinct and may not also be applied to other program requirements, including the major, second minor, and ULEC requirements.
    • Students are not permitted to take majors and minors that are too similar for students to declare both. See the list of majors that preclude minors below.


    MinorOpen to all students except those majoring in…
    AnthropologyAnthropology (BA)
    Communication DesignCommunication Design (BFA), Graphic Design (AAS)
    Contemporary MusicJazz (BFA), Contemporary Music (BA), and Mannes (BM)
    Creative EntrepreneurshipStrategic Design and Management (BBA)
    Culture and MediaCulture and Media (BA)
    DanceThe Arts major with a concentration in Dance (BA)
    EconomicsEconomics (BA)
    Environmental StudiesEnvironmental Studies (BA, BS)
    Fashion CommunicationFashion Design BFA, Fashion Design (AAS)
    Fine ArtsFine Arts (BFA)
    Food StudiesFood Studies (BA, BS)
    Global StudiesGlobal Studies (BA, BS)
    HistoryHistory (BA)
    Interdisciplinary ScienceInterdisciplinary Science (BA)
    Jewish StudiesReligious Studies (BA)
    Journalism + DesignJournalism + Design (BA)
    LiteratureLiterary Studies major with a concentration in Literature (BA)
    PhilosophyPhilosophy (BA)
    PhotographyPhotography (BFA)
    PoliticsPolitics (BA)
    PsychologyPsychology (BA)
    Religious StudiesReligious Studies (BA)
    SociologySociology (BA)
    Sustainable CitiesUrban Studies (BS)
    TheaterDrama (BFA), Theater (BA)
    Urban StudiesUrban Studies (BA)
    Visual StudiesThe Arts major with a concentration in Visual Studies (BA)
    WritingLiterary Studies major with a concentration in Writing (BA)

    Declare, Change, or Apply to a Minor

    Declare or change a minor by logging in to Click on the Academics tab, then click on the link to "Major/Minor Declarations."

    Applications are required for admission to the following minors because of constraints on facilities or the need for a specific level of skill in a particular field:

    • Alternative Fashion Strategies
    • Communication Design
    • Creative Entrepreneurship
    • Fashion Communication
    • Fine Arts
    • Music Composition
    • Photography
    • Post-Genre Music: Performance and Creation*
    • Printmaking

    For these minors, complete the application form by logging in to Click on the Academics tab, then click on the link to "Major/Minor Declarations."


    Important dates for minors requiring applications

    To start a minor in the fall: Submit an application by March 1. Notification of decision on minor application by April 1.

    To start a minor in the spring: Submit an application by October 1. Notification of decision on minor application by November 1 (December 15 for Post-Genre Music).