Why Study Political Science at New College?

Few other liberal arts colleges in the country can offer the challenging curriculum and high level of faculty expertise you will find in New College's Political Science program. Our faculty offer real-world experience gained through service in the Florida legislature and as directors and managers of such influential national and international organizations as the U.S. Department of Energy, the World Bank and the Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory.

Best of all, our faculty members are both widely published researchers as well as highly qualified teachers and mentors, who will meet regularly with you to answer questions about graduate schools, career options, internships and grant applications. This level of personal dedication and involvement is one reason New College has been so successful over the past ten years in producing students who have earned such prestigious awards as Fulbright, Truman, Carnegie, Boren and Udall Scholarships and Fellowships. And because our faculty get to know you so well they are also able to write comprehensive and effective letters of recommendation for graduate study, internships and employers.

Our Political Science AOC is focused on the study of politics in many settings. It is particularly useful to students who want to go on to government service, law, diplomacy and higher education. Central to the discipline is knowledge of the government and politics of nations and their sub-units, classical and modern political philosophy, international and comparative studies, and public organization. Basic knowledge of cognate fields and methodologies is also important. Within general guidelines, however, you have considerable flexibility in planning your studies. For example, you can concentrate on the politics of the United States; develop an interest in areas such as Latin America, Europe or Asia; or create your own interdisciplinary programs. Your faculty advisor can help you determine the options that are best for you.

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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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