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Guide to the New School course descriptions, 1959-2012

Collection Overview

Repository

New School Collections

Collection Identifier

NS.05.02.01

Creator

Eugene Lang College.

Creator

New School (New York, N.Y.).

Title

New School course descriptions, 1959-2012, (Bulk, 1996-2007)

Extent

0.8 linear ft: 2 boxes, 2 folders

Language of Materials

English

Summary

Consists of printed course description packets produced primarily for undergraduate classes offered at The New School, with Eugene Lang College particularly well-represented. Packets include information regarding class schedules, instructors, credit hours, degree requirements, and curriculum.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], New School course descriptions, NS.05.02.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Historical Note

The New School for Social Research was founded in 1919 as an institution of higher education devoted to adult learning. As the school grew into a university, this original division was alternately known as the "Founding Division" or the "Adult Division." In 1943, the school was divided into two schools, the School of Politics, and the School of Liberal Arts and Philosophy. At this time, in response to the needs of returning veterans wishing to take advantage of the GI Bill, the school began a program called Senior Year at the New School. Geared toward adults who had previously completed some coursework, the program offered undergraduate credits for some courses and awarded bachelors' degrees. However, the majority of students continued to take non-credit courses.

Although The New School offered some undergraduate credits beginning in the 1940s, the first full-time day program was not established until 1972. Called the Freshman Year Program, it initially focused on college-level courses for high school students or recent high school graduates, who would then matriculate elsewhere. The program expanded as the Seminar College in 1977 and further grew in 1985 with a large donation and new name, Eugene Lang College.

In 1933, the New School for Social Research established the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science. Also known as the "University in Exile," the division was founded in order to host German and other European scholars who left their countries of origin to escape political and racial persecution. The Board of Regents of the State of New York granted a provisional charter in 1934, allowing the Graduate Faculty to confer Master of Social Science and Doctor of Social Science degrees. This was the first time the New School for Social Research offered credits leading to a degree to students in any of its programs. In 2005, the Graduate Faculty changed its name to The New School for Social Research, reclaiming the founding name of the entire institution, which had been dropped eight years before.

In 1970, Parsons School of Design became affiliated with The New School. The American artist William Merritt Chase founded the school in 1896 as the Chase School of Art. It went through several name changes (New York School of Art, New York School of Fine and Applied Art), but was connected in the public's mind to the school's charismatic president, Frank Alvah Parsons. In 1942, the Board of Trustees officially renamed the school Parsons School of Design.

In 1997, the New School for Social Research was officially renamed New School University. The founding division, still devoted to adult education, was given the general name The New School, now comprising one of seven divisions of New School University. In 2005, the school underwent another series of name changes, which led to the overarching organization being called The New School, while the adult education program was named The New School for General Studies. This name was changed in 2011, when the adult education program was called The New School for Public Engagement and combined with the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, which until that time had been a separate division.

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Scope and Content of Collection

Consists of course description packets for classes offered at Eugene Lang College (formerly Seminar College) and by the University Undergraduate Liberal Studies program. Packets include information regarding the academic calendar, registration, class schedules, instructors, credit hours, degree requirements, and curriculum, including electives and online courses. Some folders include updated course catalogs with changes and additions to the first publication. Lower level classes (those at the 1000 level) sometimes do not appear in published course catalogs, so these course descriptions are the only record in The New School Archives of first-year courses.

The University Undergraduate Liberal Studies Curriculum packets include information for students across Eugene Lang College, Mannes College of Music, and Parsons School of Design. The packets include descriptions of selected courses offered across divisions that fulfill program requirements. Courses offered in conjunction with associate (AAS), undergraduate (BFA and BBA), and graduate-level programs are covered in the packets.

The folder titled Catalog Supplement Spring 1960 contains The New School Bulletin which details courses offered by The New School for Social Research.

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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

New School Collections - August 27, 2018

66 Fifth Avenue
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New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], New School course descriptions, NS.05.02.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Due to high demand for information contained in these records, Archives staff assembled the New School course descriptions collection from several sources: from a legacy collection in the archives that held both course catalogs and course description packets; and through transfers from various administrative offices, particularly the Office of the Provost and the Dean's Office of Parsons School of Design. In some cases, course descriptions for University Undergraduate Liberal Studies offerings that had been filed with Parsons School of Design course descriptions (PC.05.02.01) have been transferred into this record group (New School course descriptions), because they contain information not exclusive to Parsons. They had been with the Parsons records because, prior to the formation of The New School Archives, the archives held institutional records for Parsons only; no other divisions were represented in the archives.

Processing Information note

Titles are taken directly from the cover of the information packets. Dates in parentheses indicate the semester documented in the curriculum packet. Researchers should assume that the date of publication is the previous semester. For example, the Spring 1960 catalogue supplement's year of publication would likely be 1959.

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Related Materials

The New School Archives also holds the Parsons course descriptions (PC.05.02.01), New School guides and handbooks (NS.05.07.01), New School course catalogs and bulletins (NS.05.01.01), and College of Performing Arts course catalogs (MM.05.01.01).

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Catalogs.

Subject(s)

  • Universities and colleges -- Curricula.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder
Catalogue supplement (Spring 1960) 
n_2 11
Seminar College Curriculum (Fall 1983) 
1 1
Eugene Lang College Curriculum (Fall 1985 and Spring 1986) 
1 2
Eugene Lang College Social and Historical Inquiry Curriculum Handbook (Spring 1996) 
1 3
Eugene Lang College Catalog Updates (Fall 1996 and Spring 1997) 
1 4
University Undergraduate Liberal Studies Curriculum (Fall 1997 and Spring 1998) 
1 5-6
University Undergraduate Liberal Studies Curriculum (Fall 1998 and Spring 1999) 
1 7-8
University Undergraduate Liberal Studies Curriculum (Fall 1999 and Spring 2000) 
1 9-10
University Undergraduate Liberal Studies Curriculum (Fall 2000 and Spring 2001) 
1 11-12
Eugene Lang College First-year Registration Course Catalog (2000-2001) 
1 13
n_3 1
Eugene Lang College Courses (Fall 2001) 
1 14
University Undergraduate Liberal Studies Curriculum (Spring 2002) 
1 15
University Undergraduate Liberal Studies Followed by The New School Adult Division (Spring 2002) 
1 16
Eugene Lang College Supplement (Spring 2002) 
1 17
University Undergraduate Liberal Studies Curriculum (Fall 2002) 
1 18
Eugene Lang College Upper Level Registration Course Catalog (Fall 2002) 
2 1
University Undergraduate Liberal Studies Curriculum (Spring 2003) 
2 2
Eugene Lang College Registration Course Bulletin 2000 Level (Spring 2003) 
2 3
Eugene Lang College Registration Course Bulletin and First-Year Course Registration Bulletin (Fall 2003) 
2 4
Eugene Lang College Class Schedule (Spring 2004) 
2 5
University Liberal Studies Curriculum (Spring 2004) 
2 6
Eugene Lang College Courses (Spring 2005) 
2 7
Eugene Lang College [class schedule arranged by subject] (Fall 2006) 
2 8
The New School for General Studies Bachelor's Program Course Catalog (Spring 2007) 
2 9
Eugene Lang College Class Schedule; Eugene Lang College Best Bets (Fall 2011) 
2 10
Eugene Lang College Class Schedule; Eugene Lang College Best Bets (Fall 2012) 
2 11
Eugene Lang College Catalog (2012-2013) 
2 12

Collection Guide Last Updated: 08/28/2018

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