Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

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Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
Eugene Lang logo.png
Parent institution
The New School
PresidentDavid E. Van Zandt
ProvostTim Marshall[1]
DeanStephanie Browner[2]
Academic staff
145 (2009)[3]
Students1,439 (2009)[4]
Location, ,

40°44′06″N 73°59′49″W / 40.735°N 73.997°W / 40.735; -73.997Coordinates: 40°44′06″N 73°59′49″W / 40.735°N 73.997°W / 40.735; -73.997
ColorsParsons Red

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, commonly referred to as Lang, is the seminar-style, undergraduate, liberal arts college of The New School. It is located on-campus in Greenwich Village in New York City on West 11th Street off 6th Avenue.[5]


Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts was founded as the Freshman Year Program at The New School in 1972 as a pre-college program for high school graduates. Three years later, in 1975, the program was expanded to a full undergraduate program and renamed The Seminar College. In 1985, following a generous donation by a well-known philanthropist and educational visionary Eugene Lang and his wife Theresa, the school was renamed Eugene Lang College. The college currently has an enrollment of over 1,345 students.[6]

In 2005, the phrase "The New School" was inserted into the name of each division of The New School as part of a unification strategy initiated by the University's President Bob Kerrey;[7] thus, Eugene Lang College was renamed Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. In 2015, The New School rebranded again by renaming the schools to better clarify the relationship between the university and its schools. Eugene Lang College's formal title is The New School's Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.



The primary academic building for Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.

The only required classes are an introductory course on New York City, taught from the perspective of the relation of philosophy to the physical; two lecture hall courses; and two semesters of Writing the Essay for first-year students. [8] These intensive writing classes – part composition class and part linguistics – have titles such as "Going Underground," "What's Love Got to Do With It?," "Comedy as Critique," and "Cruel Shoes: A Trek Through the Absurd." Students are encouraged to tailor the program to their own interests and academic goals.

Eugene Lang College hosts some of The New School's most experimental and avant-garde courses, including: "Heterodox Identities", "NYC: Graphic Gotham", "Mind-Games and Puzzle Films", "The Illusion of Color", "Punk & Noise", "Masculinity in Asia," "Queer Culture", "Theories of Mind", and "Play and Toil in the Digital Sweatshop".[9]


Lang offers the following majors, and degree programs as of 2013:[10]


Lang offers the following minors:

The college places emphasis on interdisciplinary learning with a "student-directed" curriculum. All of its courses are seminars. Students at Lang may also cross-register for courses sponsored by other divisions of The New School, especially Parsons School of Design and the School of Drama's new BFA program. Students are allowed to double-major and apply for the university's honors program.

Student publications[edit]

Several of The New School's major publications are produced by Lang students. Among these are:

  • The New School Free Press, a student-run newspaper published by the journalism concentration of the Writing department, has grown from a DIY zine-style pamphlet to a professionally printed broadsheet in the years since its founding in 2002, when it was known as Inprint. It is published monthly in print and it aims to serve both Lang and the wider New School community. The Free Press operates a blog[11] and makes digital copies of the newspaper available on the Lang website.[12]
  • 12th Street, nationally distributed literary journal; contains works from undergraduate writers in The New School's Riggio Writing & Democracy Honors Program
  • Eleven and a Half, the literary journal of Eugene Lang College
  • The Weekly Observer, an online newsletter showcasing major student and alumni achievements, special program announcements, and other university-wide news. Distributed via MyNewSchool web portal.

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]




In some college ranking programs, The New School's eight divisions are ranked separately, since their attributes and standards of admission differ significantly.

The Princeton Review ranks Eugene Lang among "America's 371 Best Colleges" and the "Best Northeastern Colleges.".[13] Miriam Weinstein also cites the Eugene Lang division in her book, Making a Difference Colleges: Distinctive Colleges to Make a Better World.[14] Lang has also appeared on The Princeton Review's following national lists:[15]

  • "Dodgeball Targets" (#1)
  • "Great College Towns" (#1)
  • "Intercollegiate Sports Unpopular Or Nonexistent" (#1)
  • "Class Discussions Encouraged" (#1)
  • "Long Lines and Red Tape" (#1)
  • "Students Most Nostalgic For Bill Clinton Politics" (#2)
  • "Least Religious Students" (#2)
  • "Nobody Plays Intramural Sports" (#2)
  • "Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians" (#3)
  • "Most Politically Active" (#7)
  • "Town-Gown Relations Are Great" (#11)
  • "Gay Community Accepted" (#13)
  • "Most Liberal Students" (#16)
  • "Students Dissatisfied with Financial Aid" (#18)
  • "Lots of Race/Class Interaction" (#19)

For the past few years, Eugene Lang has consistently ranked at the top of the nation's "Class Discussions Encouraged" list. This can most likely be attributed to its seminar-style academics.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New School Names Tim Marshall new Provost".
  2. ^ "Academics". Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  3. ^ "The New School Factbook, 2009 (Table 4.2)" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-10-19.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "The New School Facts and Figures, Fall 2009" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-10-19.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Princeton Review, The. "Location". Archived from the original on 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-05. Retrieved 2011-01-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "About The New School: History -- Nine Decades of the New". Archived from the original on 2007-05-17. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  8. ^ "First Year Experience - Eugene Lang College". 2012-07-05. Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  9. ^ "Courses - Eugene Lang College". Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Academics - Eugene Lang College". Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  11. ^ "INPRINT". Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  12. ^ "Inprint -- Student News". Archived from the original on 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  13. ^ Franek, Robert; (Firm), Princeton Review (1 January 2009). The Best 371 Colleges. Princeton Review Incorporated. ISBN 9780375429385. Retrieved 23 February 2017 – via Google Books.
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts's Best 366 College Rankings". Retrieved 2008-05-15.

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