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Politics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #561 (QS) New York City, NY, United States
The Politics program of The New School gives students the tools to critically analyze power relations, both formal and informal, as they vary across different political, social,and economic systems.
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During the Politics program of The New School students analyze old debates, examine current issues, and develop a commitment to critical thinking. Our objective is to contribute to the formation of critical thinkers who are also passionate actors in the polity that they inhabit.

To study politics is to study power, authority, and decision making in all their forms and locations, from large national institutions to neighborhoods and families. Who has power? Who has authority? How are both used and contested? As a Politics student at Lang, you investigate historical and contemporary arguments and initiatives involving values and forms of government. You blend empirical, historical, and theoretical work with interdisciplinary perspectives from fields such as philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and economics.

Politics students gain in-depth knowledge of areas including:

  • Civic engagement and political action
  • Law and political institutions in comparative perspective
  • Theories of political processes and institutions
  • Global politics
  • The politics of difference and inequality
  • Government, markets, and regulation in making and implementing public policies

Career Paths

The Politics major prepares students to pursue advanced study and careers in many fields, including national and international public service, education, journalism, activism, law, and entrepreneurship. Above all, it prepares you for a lifetime of critical and constructive engagement with your communities and the world.

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:

  • Seminar Slam: The Debate Studio
  • Constitutional Law
  • War
  • Contemporary Theories of Gender
  • The Politics of Criminal Justice in America
  • Oligarchies: The Politics of the Few

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.

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
  • All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo 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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