• Visual Studies (Minor)

  • Overview

    The Visual Studies minor is offered through the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. This page outlines requirements for the minor. Lang students who major in The Arts at Lang (BA, The Arts) also have the option to pursue the Arts in Context concentration, in which they can study visual studies along with a liberal arts discipline. For example, a student can focus on arts criticism by taking courses in visual studies and writing. Other majors such as Psychology or Urban Studies can also provide wider contexts for visual art studies. 

    Part of the interdisciplinary Arts curriculum at Eugene Lang College, Visual Studies offers a distinctive approach to the study of the history and theory of art as well as the broader field of visual culture. The curriculum reflects the dominant role of images in contemporary society and culture.


    The Visual Studies minor requires the following five courses:

    • One introductory course (LVIS 2001 Introduction to Art History and Visual Studies or PLVS 2500 Introduction to Visual Culture)
    • One theory or methodology course, 3000 level
    • Three LVIS and/or LINA electives in Art History or Visual Studies. At least one of these electives must be upper level, and at least one course must highlight global perspectives.

    Lang Culture and Media (LCST) courses can be used to fulfill Visual Studies elective requirements with approval from the Visual Studies coordinator. For transfer students, no more than two transfer courses count toward the Visual Studies minor. 

    Students must receive a grade of C or better in all courses to fulfill the minor.


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School. Please meet with your Student Success advisor to see how a minor will fit in with your overall degree requirements. Interested students should also review the curriculum and speak with the Visual Studies departmental faculty advisor before declaring this minor. Arts in Context students should follow the minor requirements for Visual Studies, above, or an alternate plan of study approved by the Visual Studies departmental faculty advisor. Explore fall 2019 Visual Studies courses (Check back in late October for spring 2020 courses).

    If you have questions about requirements for the Visual Studies minor that cannot be answered by your Student Success advisor, please consult Visual Studies Program Director and Departmental Faculty Advisor Soyoung Yoon at soyoung.yoon@newschool.edu.

    Prospective students with questions about the Visual Studies program can email langarts@newschool.edu. 

    Requirements Worksheet

    Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the departmental faculty advisor. Students pursuing the Visual Studies minor are encouraged to download the Visual Studies Program Requirements worksheet to track their progress. 

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