Political Science

The Political Science AOC at New College offers you the flexibility and versatility to study a wide range of national and international issues, including politics, political theory, development, diplomacy, conflict resolution and public organization. You can also combine your studies in political science with areas such as environmental studies, international and area studies, economics, history, public policy and others in order to pursue areas of special interest to you. As one faculty member said, “We really don’t close too many doors for students at New College. Working closely with faculty, you can design your own program of study and tailor the topics to match your personal interests. This is particularly true in our Political Science AOC.”

As a Political Science student at New College, you will work side-by-side with faculty who are experts in their fields and who are deeply engaged locally, statewide, nationally and internationally in determining and evaluating politics and public policy. One faculty member is a two-term Florida state legislator who ran for the U.S. Congress and teaches American politics and political theory. Another is a former policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Energy and former director of the Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory who is currently a political commentator for the ABC7 in Sarasota and CBS in Tampa. Yet another teaches comparative politics, directs the International Studies AOC at New College and has been pivotal in creating internship opportunities in Washington, D.C., and beyond. And finally, one is the former manager of the World Bank's post-conflict unit.

With such a high level of expertise and experience among our faculty, it's little surprise that our graduates in Political Science are as successful as they are. In recent years, Political Science AOC students from New College have been accepted into some of the nation's leading graduate school programs, including Harvard (JFK Center), Columbia, Stanford, Georgetown, London School of Economics and Political Science, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Law, Cal-Berkeley and Yale. Popular career paths for our graduates include education, law, government and NGO work, foreign service and business.


Brilliantly [U]nique. [U]niquely Brilliant.

As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.

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The Wall Street Journal ranked New College the nation’s #2 public feeder school for elite law, medical and business schools. (2003)

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