• Language Studies (Graduate Minor)

  • Overview

    The Language Studies graduate minor is offered through the Schools of Public Engagement.

    The graduate minor in Language Studies offers students the possibility of choosing one of the following language studies areas: Chinese Studies, French Studies, Hispanic Studies, or Japanese Studies. The minor is designed to offer students who already have proficiency in a language above the intermediate level the opportunity to pursue advanced-level proficiency in the language. Linguistic capacities developed include both communication and critical analysis, which include oral and written skills. Additionally, by completing a graduate minor in one of the languages, students acquire cross-cultural competency related to the geographic regions where the language is spoken.


    This graduate minor requires successful completion of 9 credits. Students must select from one area below and complete all 9 credits in that language studies area.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.

    Subject AreaCourse OptionsRequirements
    Chinese StudiesNCHM 5731 Conversational Chinese
    NCHM 5718 Chinese: Pop Culture
    NCHM 5004 Chinese: Fashion and Consumerism
    9 credits
    French StudiesNFRN 5011 French Grammar and Composition 
    NFRN 5101 French Films and Hollywood
    NFRN 5751 French Fashion and Design
    NFRN 5714 Advanced Conversation in French
    NFRN 5724 Advanced French for Acting and Media
    NFRN 5725 Women's Studies in French
    NFRN 5722 Advanced Conversation: Perfume Culture
    NFRN 5005 French in the Media
    NFRN 5731 French Popular Culture
    NFRN 5006 French Humor: Politics and Resistance

    9 credits
    Hispanic StudiesNSPN 5731 Conversational Spanish
    NSPN 5201 Spanish Cinema

    NSPN 5019 Spanish for Acting and Media
    NSPN 5016 Storytelling in Spanish
    NSPN 5020 Spanish in the Media

    9 credits
    Japanese StudiesNJPN 5731 Conversational Japanese

    NJPN 5002 Japanese: City Art and Media
    NJPN 5015 Contemporary Japan
    NJPN 5017 Japanese Film and Media
    NJPN 5018 Japanese Food

    9 credits

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this graduate minor should be able to:

    • Demonstrate effective spoken and written communication skills in the target language at an intermediate to high level or above in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes
    • Employ cultural awareness of the diverse societies in the locations where the language is spoken
    • Employ analytical, interpretive, and critical thinking skills with respect to literature and cultural studies related to the language
    • Understand and convey knowledge of similarities and differences between their own culture and the cultures of the geographic regions where the language is spoken


    The Language Studies minor is available to all graduate students at The New School who can demonstrate or attain proficiency above the intermediate level in the chosen language studies area. This minor requires an application.

    For questions about this minor, please contact Raúl Rubio, Chair of Languages, at [email protected].

  • Take the Next Step

    Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

    Declare or change a minor on my.newschool.edu in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

  • Take The Next Step

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