Welcome to the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University.
This is a vibrant place. Our six academic and 17 interdisciplinary programs, centers, and institutes address virtually every economic, political, and social issue that society is facing in the 21st century. Among our faculty are Eminent Scholar Chairs, Eppes Professors, and named professors who are acclaimed by virtue of their outstanding research and excellence in teaching. Each year, a significant number of faculty members win teaching awards.
Last year, 1,535 students received undergraduate degrees, and another 332 gained a graduate degree from the college. Each year 30 freshman live in the college's DeGraff Hall Living-Learning Community, which is organized around the themes of international affairs and public policy. All of our departments offer professional master's degrees that greatly enhance career opportunities. Ph.D. degrees are offered in economics, geography, political science, public administration and policy, sociology, and urban and regional planning.
One of the pleasures of serving as dean is that I frequently visit with our alumni. Their loyalty to the college and FSU is an outstanding testament to the quality of the educational experience offered here. We are committed to providing excellent instruction in the classroom and substantial learning opportunities outside the classroom. Social science students are encouraged to study abroad, engage in research with faculty, and participate in nationally recognized student organizations such as the World Affairs Program, Mock Trial Association, and the Global Peace Exchange. The result is success in all spheres of endeavor: our graduates are leaders in educational institutions, business, government, politics, and nonprofit organizations. Our students receive an education that reflects the college’s mission to prepare them for meaningful careers, advanced professional training, and an active role in public life.
We invite you to come visit the college in person. In the meantime our website provides a wealth of information about admissions, programs, degree requirements, students, and faculty.