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History, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #561 (QS) New York City, NY, United States
The History program of The New School teaches students how to think historically by exploring diverse eras and regions, conflicts and struggles, and dreams and disasters from the past.
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The History program of The New School has a focus on critical reading, original research, and writing trains you to communicate important ideas to a range of audiences and prepares you to succeed in diverse fields and careers. All your learning will stress the importance of understanding the past - what has been, or could have been - in building a better future.

As a history student, you gain the knowledge and analytic skills needed to learn and grow in diverse fields of today's global economy. You learn to pose and answer big questions, research the past to understand contemporary events, and appreciate the many ways that history informs public debates. Seminars expose you to key concepts through which scholars and others have sought to make sense of the past. And through original research, you engage a wide range of sources - textual, visual, material, and digital - and synthesize them to draw insights and conclusions.

You can choose from seminars spanning diverse topics, including:

  • the history of capitalism
  • intellectual, social, cultural, and political history
  • histories of gender and sexuality
  • the history of race and class formation
  • the history of science, technology, and the environment

Career Paths

History majors have gone on to graduate school in diverse disciplines and have pursued careers in law, politics, economics, journalism, and international relations, working in nonprofit organizations, museums, and public history projects.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • African American History since 1865
  • Power and Biology
  • The History of the Military- and Prison-Industrial Complex
  • The History of New York City and Its Neighborhoods
  • Jewish History
  • The World of Samuel Beckett: The Revolt Against Modernism

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • All applicants are required to apply online using the Common Application
  • Application fees are $50 for U.S. domestic applicants, and $75 for international applicants
  • Official Transcripts
  • Essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • The New School does not require submission of SAT, SAT Subject Tests or ACT scores for applications to be considered complete
  • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo test scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24380 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24380 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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