Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
The Cooper Union is committed to the principle that an education in the Humanities and Social Sciences provides the ethical, social and humanistic framework crucial to personal development, professional excellence, and engaged citizenship. Through their work in Hss disciplines, students will gain a deeper awareness of the world in which they must live and act. They learn to think, write and speak clearly and effectively. Most significantly, an education in the liberal arts offers students the opportunity to become attentive to the social and humanistic implications of their professional work and to acquire the basis for a satisfying cultural and intellectual life.
All students take a four-semester core curriculum of required courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, students in the School of Art take a required sequence in art history. The core curriculum is a prerequisite to all elective offerings in Humanities and Social Sciences. During the third and fourth years, students have considerable latitude to explore the humanities and social sciences through elective courses. All students are expected to take core curriculum courses at The Cooper Union.
Architecture Students in good academic standing with advance permission who complete a minimum of 15 upper-division credits in a specific field of liberal arts may qualify for a Minor in that field of humanities and social sciences. Minors are offered and will be designated on student transcripts in the following fields: Art History; Economics and Public Policy; History and Society; Literature; and Science, Technology, and Society. Students must apply in advance of completing their coursework to be considered for the Minor. Approval of the dean of the school of architecture is required for the Minor. Please find a HSS Advisory worksheet here to download and fill out to send to: HSS Academic Advisor, Professor Sohnya Sayres
Engineering Students who complete a minimum of 12 upper-division credits with a grade of B or higher in a specific field of liberal arts may qualify for a minor in that field of Humanities and Social Sciences. Minors are offered and may be designated on student transcripts in the following five fields: (click on each field for details)
- Art History
- Economics and Public Policy
- Philosophy, History and Society
- Interdisciplinary Studies
The HSS Minor's 12 credits must consist of elective credits, in addition to the HSS Core Curriculum required of all Engineering majors. HSS4 does not count toward a Minor unless it is taken a second time for elective credit and when the course topic contributes significantly to the program of the student's minor area, subject to approval of both the course instructor and the HSS Dean. Please find a HSS Advisory worksheet here to download and fill out to send to: HSS Academic Advisor, Professor Sohnya Sayres