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.
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.
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.
The Division of Social Sciences offers the following areas of concentration (AOC):
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.
Audrey Nicoleau ’01 is a political communications strategist in Washington, D.C., who helps her clients heighten their public profile. Shortly after graduating from New College in 2005, the Miami native worked for U.S. Representative John Conyers as his legislative aide. She later joined U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings’ office as a senior policy advisor, with a legislative portfolio that included appropriations, judiciary, international relations, health care and education policy. After almost two years serving the 23rd district of Florida, she transitioned to then U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership office and worked as a communications advisor. There, she got the opportunity to staff the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) and co-chair a congressional delegation to Belgium and France, where she moderated several discussions with European members of Parliament on political inclusion of minorities and vulnerable populations in EU countries.
In 2013 Nancy McEldowney was appointed by the Secretary of State to take over all training for the U.S. Department of State as director of the Foreign Service Institute. She is a former U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria and also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and at the White House as Director of European Affairs on the National Security Council staff. She earned graduate degrees from the National Defense University and Columbia.
José Díaz-Balart is an Emmy award-winning national news anchor for Telemundo. He is also an MSNBC contributor and hosts Telemundo’s Sunday news program, “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart.”
Jennifer Granick is director of civil liberties at Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. Before working at Stanford, she was general counsel of entertainment company Worldstar Hip Hop and was the civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Granick practices, speaks and writes about computer crime and security, electronic surveillance, consumer privacy, data protection, copyright, trademark and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Traci Ardren received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale and is currently Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Miami. A Maya archaeologist, she has directed several archaeological projects in Yucatan and has published several books and articles.
James H. Jones earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology at Harvard University and and is now an associate professor at Stanford University, where he is currently the Director of the Methods of Analysis Program in the Social Sciences and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment.
Mary Barnes is the education and outreach coordinator at Houston Maritime Museum. While a New College student, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Indonesia.
Aimee Placas went on to receive her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rice University and is currently a faculty member at the College Year Abroad program of the International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies.
Christa Craven is the author of Pushing for Midwives: Homebirth Mothers and the Reproductive Rights Movement. Her New College thesis was titled, “Words of Empowerment: Language and Behavior in Direct-Entry Midwifery.” She is a professor and chair of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at The College of Wooster in Ohio.
“’You Tell Me it’s the Institution’: Executive-Legislative Dynamics, Electoral Reform, and the Party of Patronage in Putin’s Russia” by Joshua C. Scheible
“This Land is My Land, This Land is Our Land: The Intersection of Property Law and Development in China” by Maximillion Brown
“An Analysis of U.S. Media Coverage of the Tet Offensive and its Effect on Public Opinion about the Vietnam War” by George Pavlidakey, Jr.
“The State’s Voice in the National Health Care Debate” by Christine Wilson
“Follow the Rainbow Brick Road: A Cross-National Analysis of LGBT Rights” by Dana Ziegler
“United States Public Policy Regarding Genetically Modified Foods” by Jennifer A. Zimmerman
“It’s in the Air For You And Me: Nuclear Power in France, Germany, Sweden and The United States after Chernobyl” by Casey Morell
“Bedouin Modernization Policies in Jordan and Israel” by Samantha Sementilli
“Engaging the Dragon: Controversial Dimensions of Chinese Foreign Policy” by Danielle Korngold
“Ethnographic Cinema in the 21st Century” by Jacqlyn Bender
“Silver and Gold: Victorian Masculinities of the Nineteenth-Century American West” by Elizabeth T. Bennett
“Archaeology Rolls into the Public Sphere: An Introduction to Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Archaeocart” by Rozalyn E. Crews
“The Ethical and Practical Limitations of the Use of Anthropology in The Military” by Morgan Dolan
“Parallel Kinship in Nihon Buyo” by Dominique Ghirardi
“May All Its Days be Circus Days: An Enthnographic Exploration of Circus in Sarasota, Fl” by Chrystal E.I. Kersey
“Contra Dance : An Example of Fully Participatory Dance Performance in the United States” by Julie Allison Lado
“The Colors that Bind: Dyeing and Natural Dyes in Maya Textiles” by Kristen Michelle Leahy
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.