Our Social Sciences Area of Concentration (AOC) is as distinctive as our students. When you pursue the social sciences at New College, you get the equivalent of a high quality private liberal arts education for the price of a public college. From traditional classes and labs to group tutorials and small seminars to one-on-one research arranged with faculty for senior project work, you have a chance to explore in depth the areas of learning that interest you.
Social Sciences area of concentration
At New College, we offer an unconventional, Ivy-League-quality education that is well suited to Social Sciences students. Our Division of Social Sciences includes the following disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. You can pursue any of these Areas of Concentration (AOC), or if you wish to combine study in several social science disciplines, you may consider a “Social Sciences” divisional AOC.
The Social Sciences AOC introduces you to methods of research while giving you the freedom and flexibility to explore everything from Global Environmental Politics and Medieval and Renaissance Europe to Self and Identity, Marine Mammal Behavior, African Anthropology and more. Working with a faculty advisor from within the division, you will create your own individualized plan of study, and at the end of each course you take, you will receive an in-depth, narrative evaluation from your professors. Specialized independent study projects (ISPs) and a senior thesis are also required for graduation.
Guided by your faculty advisor, you create your own plan of study to suit your needs and interests including Independent Study Projects (ISPs), tutorials, internships, research and other academic experiences. You’ll sign an academic contract that includes your short- and long-term goals and the work you register to complete that term. You’ll get a detailed narrative evaluation — not a grade — about your progress in each course. It’s the kind of advising that is rare in college today: one-on-one mentoring and feedback.
The in-depth, interdisciplinary nature of our Social Sciences AOC is one of the reasons that our students are so well prepared when they enter graduate school and the workforce. Graduates from the program have gone on to attend some of the nation’s leading graduate schools and to pursue careers in a wide variety of fields, with law, business, education and government service being among the most popular.
Frank Alcock Director of Academic Initiatives & Special Projects / Professor of Political Science & Environmental Studies