Why Study Social Sciences at New College?

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
  • Anthony Andrews Emeritus Professor of Anthropology
  • Uzi Baram Professor of Anthropology & Heritage Studies; Director of New College Public Archaeology Lab
  • Michelle Barton Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Gordon Bauer Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Emeritus Professor of Psychology
  • Carrie Beneš Professor of History/CYC Director
  • David Brain Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies
  • Charlene Callahan Emerita Professor of Psychology
  • Kathleen Casto Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Richard Coe Professor of Economics
  • Nat Colletta Adjunct Professor of International Studies/International Affairs Scholar-in-Residence
  • Tracy Collins Associate Professor of Economics
  • Peter Cook Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Duff Cooper Adjunct Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods
  • Catherine Cottrell Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Erin Dean Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Justus Doenecke Emeritus Professor of History
  • Emily Fairchild Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
  • Kristi Fecteau Office Manager
  • Barbara Feldman Professor of Sociology
  • Amanda Fidalgo Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Keith Fitzgerald Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Yidong Gong Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Michael Gorup Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Steven Graham Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Heidi Harley Professor of Psychology/Peg Scripps Buzzelli Chair; Co-Director Environmental Studies Program
  • David Harvey Professor of History and International Studies, Faculty Chair
  • Sarah Hernandez Associate Professor of Sociology & Caribbean and Latin American Studies
  • Barbara Hicks Chair, Division of Social Sciences; Professor of Political Science
  • Hannah Hoogerwoerd Psychology Tech
  • Tarron Khemraj Professor of Economics and International Studies, William & Marie Selby Chair
  • Eugene Lewis Emeritus Professor of Political Science
  • Thomas McCarthy Professor of History
  • Ana Navas Visiting Assistant Professor/ Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Mark Paul Assistant Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies
  • John Perry Visiting Assistant Professor/ Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Jack Reilly Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Rudabeh Shahid Visiting Assistant Professor/ Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Xia Shi Associate Professor of History and International and Area Studies; Marian Hoppin Chair of Asian Studies
  • Maria Vesperi Professor of Anthropology
  • Sherry Yu Associate Professor of Economics
  • Queen Zabriskie Interim Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Associate Professor of Sociology/MacArthur Professorship 2019-2022

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Social Sciences Curriculum

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Undergraduate Program

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