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. And 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 the Third World, 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.
• The “Area Studies Track” combines fundamental courses on the international political and economic systems with your choice of specialization in a regional area.
• The “Systemic Track” focuses on a deeper understanding of the international political and economic systems.
• The “Issue Track” is designed for students with a specific interest in a major international issue that affects more than one region, e.g. development or peace and conflict.
Plus European Studies
In addition to the above three tracks, we offer a separate AOC in European Studies. This AOC is 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 European Studies and International and Area Studies are also often combined with studies in other disciplines for 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, 7 U. S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships, and 1 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 non-profit sector and teaching in the U.S. and abroad.
New International Studies Center
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 a separate AOC in European Studies. The European Studies AOC is designed for students with intensive interests in this region and less of a focus on the international system. Students are free to concentrate in other regional areas as well, provided it is approved by faculty within the discipline.
International and Area Studies and European 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 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:
• United States
Sample course offerings in International and Area Studies:
Due to the flexible and interdisciplinary nature of our IAS and European Studies AOCs, it is difficult to list “typical” courses that students pursue. Instead, 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:
• Glenn Hendrix ‘76 is an international lawyer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has served as an arbitrator and counsel in international arbitration proceedings administered by the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He is active in the American Bar Association (ABA), presently serving as chair of the ABA’s Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services and as the immediate past chair of the ABA’s Section of International Law. He is also a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law. Hendrix is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and in Best Lawyers in America.
• Michael Jones ‘99 was awarded a 2012-2013 Fulbright to study educational practices used in Laotian schools as well as NGO effectiveness in influencing educational practices. He has worked in education, youth empowerment and nonprofit governance for over a decade. Before turning 20, he served on the board of directors for both local and national youth advocacy nonprofits in addition to co-founding a political action committee aimed at promoting human rights. He went on to spend six years in the classroom, teaching various ages and subjects in both the U.S. and abroad, until moving to rural Cambodia to work as an education consultant. Since then, he has launched a nonprofit organization called Open Equal Free. Opened in August 2011, Open Equal Free addresses many of the educational gaps he has witnessed overseas.
• Eben Kirksey ‘96 is an anthroplogist and the author of Freedom in Entangled Worlds. He first went to West Papua, the Indonesian-controlled half of New Guinea, in 1998 as a New College exchange student. His later study of West Papua’s resistance to the Indonesian occupiers and the forces of globalization morphed as he discovered that collaboration, rather than resistance, was the primary strategy of this dynamic social movement. Accompanying indigenous activists to Washington, London and the offices of the oil giant BP, Kirksey saw the revolutionaries’ knack for getting inside institutions of power and building coalitions with unlikely allies, including many Indonesians. He discovered that the West Papuans’ pragmatic activism was based on visions of dramatic transformations on coming horizons, of a future in which they would give away their natural resources in grand humanitarian gestures, rather than passively watch their homeland be drained of timber, gold, copper and natural gas. During a lengthy, brutal occupation, West Papuans have harbored a messianic spirit and channeled it in surprising directions. Kirksey studied West Papua’s movement for freedom as a broad-based popular uprising gained traction from 1998 until 2008. Blending extensive ethnographic research with indigenous parables, historical accounts and compelling narratives of his own experiences, he argues that seeking freedom in entangled worlds requires negotiating complex interdependencies.
• Charles Brown is a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he is responsible for implementing the components of President Obama’s initiative to integrate atrocity prevention and response into U.S. policy. Previously he served as DOD’s senior director for rule of law and international humanitarian policy. He has held senior positions at Citizens for Global Solutions, Amnesty International and Freedom House. During the Clinton administration, he served as chief of staff in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He also co-authored The Politics of Psychiatry in Revolutionary Cuba.
• Lincoln Díaz-Balart ’71 retired from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011 where he had represented 21st Florida District from Miami since 1992. He was the first Hispanic in history named to the powerful House Rules Committee. Earlier in his political career, he served as a Florida state representative and state senator. About his time at New College he says, “I had extraordinary teachers who never said no. If you came in with an idea, they said ‘go for it.’ For my thesis, I taught a class in Cuban history.”
Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in International and Area Studies
• JFK School of Government at Harvard
Each academic experience builds toward your senior thesis project. It’s required for graduation, and our students tell us that while it’s demanding, it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Here are some thesis projects in International and Area Studies:
“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
“Explaining the American Exception: The Story of the American Gasoline Tax” by Nathaniel Stewart Burbank
“Education as a Tool for Social Justice” by Maxeme Jara Tuchman
“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 EconomicExamination 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 Rapproachement—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
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