Why Study International and Area Studies at New College?

The International and Area Studies AOC at New College is committed to training a new generation to enter the global arena with a comprehensive understanding of world affairs as well as a specialization. To address the unique challenges of global interdependence, we have strong ties to allied fields at New College, including environmental studies, political science, history, economics, anthropology, sociology, religion, literature and gender studies. In addition, New College’s excellent language programs enable students to study the languages needed for their undergraduate research and future careers.

International and Area Studies area of concentration

In response to the unique challenges of global interdependence, the International Studies program offers several AOC options. The International and Area Studies (IAS) concentration is designed to meet the need for a new generation trained to enter the international arena with a comprehensive view of the international system and an in-depth understanding of a major region or issue in world affairs.

The IAS area of concentration offers three tracks to both meet a range of student interests and provide solid training for future study or work in the area. The “area studies” track combines fundamental courses on the international political and economic systems with the student’s choice of specialization in a regional area; the “systemic track” focuses on a deeper understanding of the international political and economic systems; and the “issue” track is designed for students with a specific interest in a major international issue that affects more than one region, e.g. global health issues or peace and conflict.

In addition to these three tracks in the IAS AOC, we offer separate AOCs in Caribbean and Latin American Studies, East Asian Studies, and European Studies. These AOCs are designed for students with intensive interests in one of these regions and less of a focus on the international system. Students are free to concentrate in other regional areas either under the IAS area studies track or as an individually designed major.

International and Area Studies, Asian Studies, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, East Asian Studies, and European Studies are also very appropriate joint AOCs for students combining them with disciplinary AOCs, so we offer a reduced set of requirements for those options.

What Can I Do with an International & Area Studies AOC?

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International and Area Studies Curriculum

The International Studies program offers several tracks, or focus, within the International and Area Studies AOC.

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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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Sample 4 Year Pathway

 

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 1
  • language course / intro or continuing
  • AOC core course in Politics, Economics, or History (= LAC 1) – e.g., Intro to World Politics or Intro Microecon
  • LAC 2 in any field
  • any elective
  • ISP #1
  • language course
  • AOC core course in Politics, Economics, or History (= LAC 3) – e.g., Comparative Politics or Intro Macroecon
  • LAC 4 in any field
  • any elective
Year 2
  • language course (may be LAC, many intermediate-level langagues are LACs)
  • AOC core course – Politics, Economics, or History (= LAC 5), – e.g. Intro to World Politics or Intro Microecon
  • AOC core course – Politics, Economics, History, or Lit/Culture (= LAC 6) – e.g. East Asian Cvilization
  • any elective
  • ISP #2
  • language course (may be LAC)
  • AOC core course – Politics, Economics, or History (= LAC 7)- e.g., Comparative Politics or Intro Macroecon
  • AOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track (might be LAC course), – e.g., Intro to Buddhism
  • any elective
Year 3
  • STUDY ABROAD
  • [could be Year 2/sem 2 or Year 3/sem 2
  • if you go in another semester, shift your course path accordingly
  • IMPT: plan for language progression in choosing semester and program abroad
  • ISP 3 (can be moved to 4th yr
    if timing of study abroad prevents)
  • language course/tutorial
  • AOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track
  • AOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track
  • Recommended: Research Methods in field related to thesis
Year 4
  • language course/tutorial
  • thesis tutorial
  • AOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track
  • any elective
  

 

Sample 2 Year Transfer Pathway

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 3
  • language course / intro or continuing
  • AOC core course in Politics, Economics, or History – e.g., Intro to World Politics
  • AOC core course in Politics, Economics, or History – e.g., Intro Microecon
  • AOC core course – Politics, Economics, History, or Lit/Culture – e.g. East Asian Civilization
  • ISP 1
  • NOTE: To graduate in two years, Study Abroad in summer after 3rd year
  • NOTE: You may be able to substitute more advanced courses for some of the intros if you have met pre-reqs for them in your AA degree
  • language course
  • AOC core course in Politics, Economics, or History (= LAC 3) – e.g., Intro Macroecon
  • AOC core course in Politics, Economics, or History (= LAC 3) – e.g., Comparative Politics
  • AOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track- e.g., Intro to Buddhism
  • Recommended: Research Methods in field related to thesis
Year 4
  • language course
  • AOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track
  • AOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track
  • Advanced Research (Thesis) tutorial
  • ISP #2
  • language course
  • AOC elective course in area or issue of interest/track
  • any elective
  • Thesis tutorial