Resources in Political Science

The Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College has a strong collection of materials for the study of political science. Students have electronic access to journals and books, World Bank data, world development indicators, international finance statistics, government finance statistics, and various other databases, such as Census Bureau data. The library is also home to the College's Academic Resource Center, which features a Quantitative Resource Center, Language Resource Center and Writing Resource Center to assist students with statistical research and analysis, foreign language practice and writing. Within the Division of Social Sciences, New College also has a Social Science Research Laboratory that is open to political science students.

New Topics New College is a public lecture series that runs from October through March. Free to students, the series features guest speakers discussing a wide range of current topics and issues — local, national and international.

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Because of the importance of gaining real world experience as part of your academic program, students in our Political Science program regularly engage in internships with agencies of government, political parties, interest groups and the like. In recent years, students have interned with U.S. Congressmen, the Governor of Florida, the American Civil Liberties Union, county planning agencies, and organizations working for international peace and development. They have also helped with political campaigns, handled publicity for the Sarasota Peace and Justice Center and become radio news announcers.

Study Abroad
Although it is not a requirement in our Political Science program, many students have incorporated study abroad as part of their research for their senior theses. Here is a look at what some of them have recently done:

Alexandra Pierce studied in Uganda and Rwanda. She held an internship with the amnesty committee in Northern Uganda resettling LRA combatants (many of whom had been kidnapped as children). She wrote her thesis on post-conflict issues of resettlement in Northern Uganda. 

Emily Myerscough traveled to Nicaragua to study the effect of decentralization on natural resource management, conducted interviews in four different areas of the county and wrote her thesis on this topic. 

Anthony Circharo used his study at a language program abroad to prepare for his Fulbright, which he was awarded and it took him to China.

Catherine Gowan studied in Botswana where she stayed for an independent study project on conservation management which became her thesis topic.

Andrea Brody-Barre studied in Tunisia and used her independent study assignment to write an article on the democratization process that has been accepted for publication in an academic journal. 

• Immediately after New College, Evan Axelrad conducted research on bio-safety capacity building at the Norwegian Center for Biosafety thanks to the Fulbright award he earned to Norway.

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The Wall Street Journal ranked New College the nation’s #2 public feeder school for elite law, medical and business schools. (2003)

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