International & Area Studies
New College of Florida offers a dynamic and growing International and Area Studies (IAS) Area of Concentration (AOC). This AOC is designed to train a new generation to enter the global arena with a more comprehensive view of the international system and an in-depth understanding of a major region or issue in world affairs. As the world becomes increasingly complex and interconnected, this AOC allows you to explore everything from how the global economy works to the politics, culture and history of various parts of the world. And the flexibility of a New College education means that working with your faculty advisor you can shape your course of study to match your academic and career interests.
Within our International and Area Studies AOC, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside nearly two dozen faculty experts who are leaders in their fields and who have experience in such broad-ranging topics as climate and energy politics, global conflict resolution, social and democratization movements in Eastern and Central Europe, business development in China, banking regulations affecting the Third World, community-based conservation efforts in Africa, and a host of others.
The expertise of New College's faculty in international affairs and the quality of the graduates we produce is exemplified in our nearly unparalleled success in producing Fulbright Scholars and other national and international fellowship winners. Since 2007, nearly 50 New College students have earned Fulbright Scholarships, easily placing us among the nation's top ten schools in terms of Fulbright production on a per capita basis. During that same period, our students have also received 12 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, 7 U. S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships, and 1 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship.
In addition to our fellowship success, New College is equally proud of our many graduates in International and Area Studies who have gone on to excel in graduate school and careers in foreign service, public policy, law, business, environmental conservation, the non-profit sector and teaching in the U.S. and abroad.
As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.