Why Study Political Science at New College?

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 area of concentration

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 policy processes. Basic knowledge of related fields and methodologies is also important.

Within general guidelines, 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. (See also Public Policy and Urban Studies)


  • Frank Alcock Director of Academic Initiatives & Special Projects / Professor of Political Science & Environmental Studies
  • Amanda Fidalgo Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Keith Fitzgerald Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Michael Gorup Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Barbara Hicks Chair, Division of Social Sciences; Professor of Political Science
  • Eugene Lewis Emeritus Professor of Political Science
  • Jack Reilly Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Rudabeh Shahid Visiting Assistant Professor/ Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow

Recent Theses

  • The Moral Majority and the Interaction of Religion and Politics in America
  • Islam and Politics in Egypt and Iran
  • The Urban Policy of the Italian Communist Party
  • Pluralism in the Defense Appropriations Process
  • Small Local Governments in Florida: Mayor vs. Manager
  • What Must Remain Public? Essays on Privatization, the Constitution, and Public Administration
  • Race Riots in the United States: Two Explanatory Models
  • Tainted Transitions: The Historical Legacy of Imperialism and the Failure of Democratization in the Caucasus
  • Rural Politics: a quantitative exploration of rurality and political behavior



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Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

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Mental Health Community Center, Sarasota, Florida

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Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, Washington, D.C.

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SCOPE, Sarasota, Florida

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What Can I Do with a Political Science AOC?


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Political Science Curriculum

Within general guidelines, students have considerable flexibility in planning their studies.

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Undergraduate Program

New College of Florida offers more than 40 different majors in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as a number of interdisciplinary concentrations.

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