The New School for Social Research Launches Three New Graduate Minors in Global Mental Health, Anthropology and Design, and Critical Perspectives on Democratic Anti-Colonialism

The organizers of the new minors, clockwise from top left: Andreas Kalyvas, Shannon Mattern, Adam Brown, Carlos Forment

New York, March 31, 2021 -- The New School for Social Research (NSSR) at The New School announced three new minor programs for graduate students launching in the fall 2021 semester: Global Mental Health, Anthropology and Design, and Critical Perspectives on Democratic Anti-Colonialism. Building on NSSR’s innovative academic approach combining social theory, policy, and design, these new minors encourage further interdisciplinary collaboration, promote public discourse, and help graduate students develop new ways of thinking about the world. They are the latest additions to The New School’s robust graduate minor offerings, which offer students from all disciplines the opportunity to enhance their graduate studies through immersion in disciplines, research, and practice outside of their primary field of study.  

The Global Mental Health graduate minor explores some of the most pressing issues contributing to the ever-increasing number of people living with mental health disorders worldwide. Drawing from a variety of disciplines and methodologies, the minor prepares students with a foundation from which to critically examine mental health treatment gaps and disparities in care, and provides them with foundational knowledge relevant to the pursuit of careers and further study in fields such as clinical psychology, human rights, international policy, and public health. Open to all New School graduate students, the minor is organized by Adam Brown, Associate Professor of Psychology and Vice Provost for Research.

Blending social science with design, the Anthropology and Design minor prepares students to think more critically and creatively about anthropology and ethnography, the designed world, and their own research. Students have the opportunity to study design and technology through an established discipline that prioritizes reflective methodology, ethical frameworks of analysis, and awareness of the political stakes of both research and creative practice. Open to all New School graduate students, the minor is organized by Shannon Mattern, Professor of Anthropology.

Students studying Critical Perspectives on Democratic Anti-Colonialism will explore the theoretical foundations and political manifestations of radical democratic and anticolonial traditions. Focusing on the history and current struggles of peripheral peoples around the globe, the minor examines the changing meanings and practices of dissent, resistance, and self-rule that have emerged in the modern world. Students gain a sophisticated understanding of alternative approaches for the study of power relations, regimes of knowledge, and the social movements that develop in response to them. Open only to New School for Social Research graduate students, this minor is organized by Carlos Forment, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Andreas Kalyvas, Associate Professor of Politics.   

“These new graduate minors will enhance the experience of graduate students at The New School by giving them access to focused knowledge outside the boundaries of the standard learning pathways,” said Will Milberg, Dean of The New School for Social Research. “The minors also allow them to engage more deeply with faculty and students from different disciplines who share their intellectual interests. This represents an important innovation in our graduate curriculum, and I look forward to seeing how students take advantage of this opportunity.”

Offering rigorous programs in the social sciences, philosophy, and history, The New School for Social Research fosters an intellectual environment that challenges orthodoxy, promotes public discourse, and encourages collaboration across disciplines. With more than 75 full-time faculty members, our 10 departments and programs offer master's and doctoral degrees to 800 graduate students from 70 countries. Our interdisciplinary centers and institutes provide further opportunities for deep inquiry and innovative collaborations, particularly at the intersection of social theory, policy, and design. We welcome everyone interested in challenging the status quo and creating a more just world.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.



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