• Global Studies

    Global Studies

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    Office of Admission

    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor 
    New York, NY 10003 
    Phone: 212.229.5150 or 
    Fax: 212.229.5355
    [email protected]

    Program Contacts

    Global Studies Chair and Departmental Faculty Advisor
    Jonathan Bach
    Professor, Global Studies
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    Student Success Advisor for Global, Environmental, and Urban Studies 
    Chris McElderry
    Assistant Director of Student Success Advising at Lang
    [email protected] 

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  • In The New School's interdisciplinary Global Studies program, you critically investigate complex global processes and issues, including migration and mobility, environmental injustice, economic inequality, and social movements. You learn to think across disciplines and contribute creative solutions - locally and globally - for bringing about a more equitable world.

    • Study Options Major, Minor

    Global Studies students critically examine power structures and analyze pressing issues, introducing them to contexts and causal dynamics that help them develop innovative responses to current issues. Experiential learning is an integral part of Global Studies, and you have opportunities to apply your knowledge through practice-based courses, internships, volunteer work, and fieldwork in New York City and abroad. In the classroom, you also have space to collectively reflect on this form of engagement, to make connections between the conceptual and the concrete, and raise critical questions that emerge from these encounters.

    The program places particular emphasis on engaged learning, directed research, and courses that capitalize on the university's academic expertise in social sciences, foreign languages, writing, media studies, design, management, environmental studies, and urban policy.

    Major requirements

    Minor requirements

    Interdisciplinary Excellence

    Global Studies is part of The New School's suite of cross-college, interdisciplinary undergraduate programs, which includes Global Studies, Environmental Studies, and Urban Studies. These interdisciplinary programs are designed to prepare students for the new careers of the 21st century.

    Connecting to New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. Both in New York and in cities around the world, Global Studies students have opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real-world settings through internship, volunteer, and fieldwork experiences. 

    Career Paths

    In learning to transform your ideals into action at the global level, you prepare for global careers in the non-profit sector, public service, international organizations, global media, development, research organizations, education, and law, as well as graduate study in the social sciences. Global Studies alumni have given TED talks, testified at government hearings, produced podcasts, held exhibitions, taught, inspired, listened, and above all worked responsibly towards a more ethical and just world.

    Consult our 4-Year Lang Career Pathways Map (PDF) for helpful steps and resources to link your academic journey to your future plans. If you are planning to pursue graduate studies, consider applying to the Bachelor's-Master's program, which enables you to earn graduate credits that will apply to both your Lang degree and a master's degree at The New School. Learn more and see approved BA/MA pairings.

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To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.