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. To address the unique challenges of global interdependence, we have strong ties to allied fields within New College, including environmental and urban studies, political science, history, economics, anthropology, religion, literature and gender studies. In addition, a solid bond with New College’s language programs enables students to study the languages needed for their undergraduate research and future careers.
New College of Florida offers a dynamic and growing International and Area Studies (IAS) Area of Concentration (AOC). This AOC is designed to train a new generation to enter the global arena with a more comprehensive view of the international system and an in-depth understanding of a major region or issue in world affairs.
As the world becomes increasingly complex and interconnected, this AOC allows you to explore everything from how the global economy works to the politics, culture, and history of various parts of the world. The flexibility of a New College education means that working with your faculty advisor you can shape your course of study to match your academic and career interests.
Within our International and Area Studies AOC, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside nearly two dozen faculty experts who are leaders in their fields and who have experience in such broad-ranging topics as climate and energy politics, global conflict resolution, social and democratization movements in Eastern and Central Europe, business development in China, banking regulations affecting developing countries, community-based conservation efforts in Africa, and a host of others.
Our International and Areas Studies (IAS) AOC is distinctive in that it offers three tracks to meet a range of student interests and provide the type of rigorous education that will prepare you for graduate school or to go to work in the global market.
In addition to the above three tracks, we offer separate AOCs in European Studies and East Asian Studies, as well as a “slash AOC” in Asian Studies. These AOCs are designed for students with intensive interests in the history, culture, politics and economics of the region. Students are free to concentrate in other regional areas under the IAS area studies track or as an individually designed major.
Both these regional AOCs and International and Area Studies are also often combined with studies in other disciplines for double AOCs or what we call a slash AOC (e.g., International and Area Studies/History). Your faculty advisor can discuss this option and the requirements with you.
The expertise of New College’s faculty in international affairs and the quality of the graduates we produce is exemplified in our nearly unparalleled success in producing Fulbright Scholars and other national and international fellowship winners. Since 2007, nearly 50 New College students have earned Fulbright Scholarships, easily placing us among the nation’s top ten schools in terms of Fulbright production on a per capita basis. During that same period, our students have also received 12 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, seven U. S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships, and one Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship.
In addition to our fellowship success, New College is equally proud of our many graduates in International and Area Studies who have gone on to excel in graduate school and careers in foreign service, public policy, law, business, environmental conservation, the nonprofit sector and teaching in the U.S. and abroad.
Our commitment to making the International and Area Studies program even more rigorous and robust than it already is isn’t just lip service. Fundraising is currently underway for a new International Studies Center that will bring together resources for study abroad and language training.
The Center will feature a lecture hall for classroom teaching, public talks and a symposia on international issues; state-of-the-art video conferencing to allow for national and international learning; interdisciplinary faculty offices; seminar rooms; and a group study lounge with access to international media.
The IAS area of concentration offers three tracks to meet a range of student interests and still 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 European Studies and East Asian Studies. These AOCs are designed for students with intensive interests in the region and less of a focus on the international system. Students are also free to concentrate in these or other regional areas under the Area Studies track of the International and Area Studies AOC.
International and Area Studies, European Studies, East Asian Studies, and Asian Studies are also very appropriate joint disciplinary or “slash” AOCs for students who wish to combine their interest in international affairs with another discipline. Your faculty advisor can assist you with questions and requirements for pursuing those options.
For detailed requirements for the IAS and European Studies AOCs, check out our General Catalog.
Study abroad is required for all students majoring and highly recommended for students with a “slash” AOC or minor in International and Area Studies. Language courses taken abroad may be counted toward your requirements if they lead to at least as much progress as would be expected in a semester at New College. Many students study abroad as part of an Independent Study Project, a tutorial, or the research for their senior thesis.
Working with a professor, you can create an Independent Study Project or tutorial for travel during the academic year. New College students study all over the world through many different programs. One option is to participate in the National Student Exchange (NSE) and study at one of 190 participating colleges and universities in:
Due to the flexible and interdisciplinary nature of our IAS AOCs, it is difficult to list “typical” courses that students pursue. While all students will take some core courses and study a language, you will work with your faculty advisor to design a plan of study and coursework that matches your particular interests and goals.
Sample courses available within each of the disciplines contributing to this AOC (e.g., Political Science, History) can be found on the disciplinary AOC pages. You may also view a list of all New College courses by semester by clicking here.
In 2013 Nancy McEldowney was appointed to take over all training for the U.S. Department of State as director of the Foreign Service Institute. She is a former U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria and also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and at the White House as Director of European Affairs on the National Security Council staff. She earned graduate degrees from the National Defense University and Columbia.
New College is proud of our many graduates who have studied International and Area Studies. Here is a look at some of them:
Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in International and Area Studies
Your academic experiences build toward your senior thesis project. A baccalaureate honors thesis is required for graduation, and our students tell us that while it’s demanding, it is also one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Here are some thesis projects in International and Area Studies:
“#HumanRights: A Study of Social Media’s Utilization as a Tool for Progress and Revolution” by Aamna Dhillon
“Czechmate: Redefining the Relationship Between Bohemia and the German Empire, 973–1086” by Grayson Chester
“Deposits Grow, Disempowerment Lingers: Economic Status and Social Empowerment in a Women’s Self- Help Group Microfinance Program in Rajasthan, India” by Claire Comiskey
“A Regional Comparison of the Causes and Consequences of Differential Educational Outcomes in Rural China” by Naushin Jiwani
“It’s in the Air For You And Me’: Nuclear Power in France, Germany, Sweden and The United States after Chernobyl” by Casey Morell
“MADRE: An Ethnographic Study of Feminism, Social Change and Women’s Human rights” by Erica Lindegren
“Bon Voyage? Tourism and Development in the Caribbean: The Case of Barbados” by Nicole Whalen
“The Role of Guanxi in Chinese Economic Transition: Firm Networking & Market Autonomy” by Chelsea Dye
“The Victim’s Burden: Disrupted Identity and Social Tensions in the Reintegration of Ex-LRA in Northern Uganda” by Alexandra Pierce
“Transitions from Civil Conflict: Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and the Role of Justice in Creating Sustainable Peace” by Michelle Chandler Reed
“Puerto Rican Independence: A Sisyphean Challenge” by Lydia Ramirez
“Eating in Separate Kitchens: Economic Decentralization and Local Authority in China” by Sarah Brown
“An Examination of the Causal Mechanisms Behind Latin America’s Populist Revival and Corresponding Move to the Left” by Andrea Lynch
“The EU Political System Under Stress: Managing Political Uncertainty in Genetically Modified Organisms Policy” by Diana Hinova
“The Partition of British India” by Nausherwan Hafeez
“Buenos Aires: The Tango Capitalism of the World” by Lindsay Barnhart
“Civil Conflict Outcomes and Recurrence” by Andrew Perniciaro
“National Identity in a Center-Periphery Context: Conflict and Accommodation in Russia’s Regions” by Christine Difato
“Patents versus People: TRIPS, the USTR, International Advocacy Groups, and Access to Medication in Developing Countries” by Anne Mira Guha
“La Chabacaneria Guaracheada: A Vindication of the Puerto Rican Identity through a Linguistic and Stylistic Study of Luis Rafael Sanchez’s La Guaracha del Macho Camacho” by Andrea Gomez
“Indigenous Subsystems and Democratic State-Building in Guatemala” by Laura Carolina Rudert
“The Bulgarian Currency Board: A Resolution of the 1996-1997 Crisis” by Ivan D. Dimitrov
“The Anti-Allende Women: A Study in Political Movements” by Courtney Nogar
“A Test of Wills: U. S. Foreign Policy Toward Nicaragua During the Reagan Administration” by Margaret Ray
“Puerto Rican Industrial Incentives Acts: A Political Economic Examination of Development” by Alexander D. Villafañe
“Contemporary Spanish Cinema: Political Centrism, Globalization and Post-Modern Values” by Guy Menahem
“Where Will We Put the Star? An Investigation into the Puerto Rican Status Question” by Thomas Jay Brown
“Cuba, su Cultura, y Latinoamérica: Dimensiones Polícas y Económicas” by Andrés Cala
“Italy and the Changing European Union” by Gaia Paltrinieri
“An Analysis of Chinese Foreign Policy During the Period of Sino-American Rapprochement —A Chinese Perspective” by Qinghua Xu
“Russia and Its Integration into the Global Economy” by Thomas H. Cook
“The Southern African Trap: Foreign Policies of the SADCC States” by Wil Frentzen
“Fun ‘N’ Games in International Relations” by Karen Patricia Stasiowski
“Transnationalism, Nonviolent Resistance, and the Individual” by Helen C. Kesler
“Containment: The Postwar American National Security Policy in East Asia” by Marcela Swiger
“The Grenadian Crisis and the Future of the Commonwealth Caribbean” by Lisa Gaye McGregor
“Theories of Imperialism: A Somali Case Study” by Kathryn M. Galt
“Soviet Perception: Intervention as a Crisis Policy” by Elizabeth A. Elin
“Mirage of the ‘Two Pillars’: A Comparative Political Analysis of Contemporary Saudi Arabia and Pahlavi Iran” by Linda Lacewell
“The Application of Plural Analysis to White Settler Societies: A Case Study of Rhodesia” by John Edward Dunn, III
“Profit Maximization and the International Management of Whales” by Jennifer E. Davis
“Neighborhood Action: Toward What Goals?” by Darcy Ashman
“Toward True Freedom: Algerian Foreign Policy Since Independence” by Robert Watts
“Nation-State Building in the Congo: 1959-1961” by Yvonne A. Crocker
“Decision Making Paradigms, the Imperial German Government, and an Examination of Its Actions During the European Crisis of July, 1914” by Julian M. Kaplin, Jr.
“Crisis and Rapprochement: United States, China, and Japan” by Jordon Young
“Blazing Fire, Thawing Ice: Soviet Foreign Policy on Disarmament and Economic Cooperation with the West” by Howard Jay Steinberg
New International Studies Center
Our commitment to making the International and Area Studies program even more rigorous and robust than it already is isn’t just lip service. Fundraising is currently underway for a new International Studies Center that will bring together resources for study abroad and language training. The Center will feature a lecture hall for classroom teaching, public talks and a symposia on international issues; state-of-the-art video conferencing to allow for national and international learning; interdisciplinary faculty offices; seminar rooms; and a group study lounge with access to international media.
Study abroad is required for all students majoring and highly recommended for students with a “slash” AOC or minor in International and Area Studies. Language courses taken abroad may be counted toward your requirements if they lead to at least as much progress as would be expected in a semester at New College. Many students study abroad as part of an Independent Study Project, a tutorial or as they research their senior thesis. Working with a professor, you can create an Independent Study Project or tutorial for travel during the academic year. New College students study all over the world through many different programs. One option is to participate in the National Student Exchange (NSE) and study at one of 190 participating colleges and universities in:
Student Research and Travel Grants
New College’s Office of Research Programs & Services helps faculty and students pursue opportunities for national and international study and research by providing information about grants and fellowships. Staff within the office can also provide assistance with applications, reference letters and other materials needed to apply for international study and travel grants. The New College Foundation and Alumnae/i Association also provide several Student Research and Travel Grants on a competitive basis each year.
Jane Bancroft Cook Library
The Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College has a strong collection of materials for students in International Studies. Students have electronic access to journals and books, international media, law and treaties, as well as World Bank data and government finance statistics.
In addition, the library is home to the College’s Language Resource Center (LRC), which is designed to provide resources and support to language students and faculty. Audio-visual and print resources, language software and games are available. It’s also a social space where students can work individually or in groups as well as relax or interact with each other.
International Career Development Seminar
Each year, the New College International and Area Studies program co-hosts the International Career Development Seminar with Young Professionals for International Cooperation (UNA-USA) Sarasota Chapter. The event has brought in guest speakers from the UN, World Bank, Peace Corps and U.S. Foreign Service along with international organizations in the public and private sector in business, public health and advocacy. Through panel discussions, breakout Q&A sessions and networking with the presenters, students learn about a range of career possibilities around the globe.
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New Topics New College is a public lecture series that runs from October through March. Free to students, the series features guest speakers discussing a wide range of current topics and issues — local, national and international.
The annual Klingenstein Lecture features a guest lecturer in Judaic Studies.
New College also has a number of clubs and organizations that supplement cultural and language study in Latin, French, German, Spanish and Chinese.