Few other liberal arts colleges in the country can offer the challenging curriculum and high level of faculty expertise you will find in New College's Political Science program. Our faculty offer real-world experience gained through service in the Florida Legislature and as directors and managers of such influential national and international organizations as the U.S. Department of Energy, the World Bank and the Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory.
Political Science is concerned with the study of politics in many settings. It is particularly useful to students who wish to go on to government service, law, diplomacy, and higher education. Central to the discipline is knowledge of the government and politics of nations and their sub-units; political philosophy (both classical and modern) international and comparative studies; public organization and politics. Basic knowledge of cognate fields and methodologies is also important.
Within general guidelines, however, students have considerable flexibility in planning their studies; some concentrate particularly on the politics of the United States, while others develop an interest in areas such as Latin America, Europe or Africa, and create their own interdisciplinary programs.
Requirements for graduation with an area of concentration in Political Science:
Highly Recommended: Introductory work in Economics, History, Sociology, or Philosophy.
Requirements for “double” area of concentration: Same as for “single” concentrators
Requirements for “slash” with Political Science listed first: Same as for “single” concentrator.
Requirements for “slash” with Political Science listed second:
A minimum of six courses covering at least three of the subfields listed above and including one introductory course and one advanced seminar.
NOTE: Political Science considers a secondary “slash” to be the equivalent of a minor.
Students are encouraged to obtain field experience through internships or other work experience with agencies of government, political parties, interest groups, etc. In recent years, students have interned with U.S. congressmen, the governor of Florida, the American Civil Liberties Union, and county planning agencies. They have helped in political campaigns, handled publicity for the Sarasota Peace and Justice Center, challenged decisions of the local Airport Authority, and become radio news announcers. Occasionally, students with highly specialized interests, such as Urban Studies, plan to spend a semester at another college or university; this is encouraged when appropriate. Those with interests in comparative politics and international relations are encouraged to spend a semester abroad.
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These pathways show how you could complete the AOC requirements within four years at New College or within two years after earning an associate’s degree. Please consult with your academic adviser to determine the most appropriate courses for your area of concentration.
Thesis is ideally completed over the entire fourth year, but particularly focused students are able to complete it in a single semester after Research Design. Additional relevant coursework and tutorials are recommended with consultation with the student’s advisor.