Division of Social Sciences
If you devour books on history, are intrigued by politics, or want to understand why people – and animals – act the way that they do, then the Social Sciences may be where you find your niche. Simply put, social science is the field of study concerned with society; here we use scientific methods to study human behavior and social patterns. Areas of study include anthropology, economics, political science, history and psychology, among others. Many Novo Collegians study the social sciences because they want to help improve our societies – and they do. A high percentage go on to graduate study, pursue professional degrees in fields such as law, finance and public policy, or find employment in government, business and the non-profit sector.
The faculty’s longstanding relationship with Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota is of great benefit to New College students, who are frequently able to study at this world-class marine life facility in conjunction with classes, tutorials, or their professors’ funded research. Some students have also done internships. These provide unique, hands-on opportunities to conduct ocean science research, education, or support services under the mentorship of Mote scientists, educators, animal care specialists and other professionals.
Students in history and religion can spend time in the Dr. Helen N. Fagin Holocaust and Genocide Collection located in the Jane Bancroft Cook Library. Books, magazines and tapes for this extensive collection were donated from a variety of sources, adding to Holocaust material that the library had amassed over the years. A Holocaust survivor and educator, Dr. Fagin donated some of her own personal collection as well.
The New College Public Archaeology Lab (NCPAL) focuses on research into the region’s past and provides opportunities for civic engagement with surrounding communities. NCPAL features laboratory space for processing and interpreting artifacts, an office for archaeological site reports and geographic information systems, and storage space for excavated finds as well as equipment for archaeological excavations and heritage analysis. The Ball Anthropology Lab & Seminar Room houses a 2,000-volume library on Mesoamerican anthropology. It also contains a collection of anthropology texts and manuals, a series of hominid and primate skulls, a slide collection, an oral history archive, audio-visual and photographic equipment, and a computer workstation for student use.
The Social Science Research Laboratory (SSRL) allows students in a variety of social science disciplines to access and conduct complex statistical analyses of informational databases, which they use for their senior theses or advanced coursework. It is a small, intimate lab with seven PCs and one Mac, and is a very popular resource to which students have access 24 hours a day. There is quantitative software (SAS, SPSS, Stata, eViews) and qualitative software (HyperResearch, NVivo) available, as well as other useful applications such as MS Office and ArcGIS. Students are also able to consult with the coordinator of the SSRL for assistance with statistical and research design questions. A Psychology Lab is set to open shortly.
The Division of Social Sciences offers the following areas of concentration (AOC):
Anthony P. Andrews
Michelle E. Barton
Gordon B. Bauer
David K. Brain
Charlene M. Callahan
Richard D. Coe
Justus D. Doenecke
Catherine S. Elliott
Patrick Van Horn