About the College
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.
The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy is home to 120 faculty members. Our 16 Eminent Scholar Chairs and named professors are acclaimed by virtue of their outstanding research and excellence in teaching. More than 30 percent of our faculty are award-winning teachers.
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.
Many of our programs have achieved national acclaim and consistently rank in the top tiers among public universities. Among them are Urban and Regional Planning, Political Science, Urban Economics, Health and Aging, Gender Studies and the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.
The departments of Economics and Political Science have formed the Experimental Social Science Research Group (XS/FS), one of the nation’s premier programs in experimental methods. XF/FS has been awarded a competitive hiring initiative grant from Pathways of Excellence, which identifies interdisciplinary clusters of faculty that will generate more federal contracts and grants, increase scholarly output, and produce more doctoral students.
In the 2015-2016 academic year 1,479 degrees were conferred, a figure that included 140 masters and 18 doctorates.
Students from the college have regularly served in leadership positions. Approximately half of FSU's Student Body presidents since the college's founding have been social science majors.
Florida State students who win prestigious national and international awards are honored in the Office of National Fellowships Hall of Fame. While our college accounts for about 12.5 percent of the student body, more than 40 percent of all Hall of Fame members are graduates of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.