What kind of society do we live in? What are its distinctive characteristics and problems? Where is it headed? Sociology illuminates the effects of social interactions, structures, institutions and processes on the character and quality of our lives. As part of a liberal arts education at New College, our Sociology AOC offers theories and research relevant to our ability both to make sense of our circumstances as individuals in contemporary society, and to act efficaciously and constructively in shaping the modern world.

Our AOC is distinctive because we don’t limit sociology students to what comes out of a textbook or to only covering a few key topics in the field. Instead, our students are challenged to read the original works of different scholars and then dissect the content and methodology. This allows them to dig into immigration, the history of the labor union and the experiences of workers in the hotel industry, migrant workers, refugee women in the Middle East and Africa, and more.

“Our students are reading the real stuff,” says Professor Emily Fairchild. “Part of what we strive to do is expose them to where sociologists publish, and how sociologists talk and write. That’s different than what you get in many undergraduate sociology programs around the country.”

The depth and breadth students discover here prepare them well for careers in a wide variety of fields, including teaching, law, community development, urban planning and government and social service.   Many of them also go on to earn advance degrees at such leading graduate schools as Yale, Cal-Berkeley, University of Michigan, Penn and the New School for Social Research.

Brilliantly [U]nique. [U]niquely Brilliant.

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.


At New College, 99% of our full-time professors hold the most advanced degree in their fields. All of them serve as advisors and mentors to students.

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