Florida State University College of Social Sciences
|Dean||Interim Dean Tim Chapin|
|Location||Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.|
The Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, located in Tallahassee, Florida, is one of fifteen colleges comprising Florida State University (FSU). The college was founded in 1973 and includes six departments: Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning and the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy and interdisciplinary programs in African American Studies, Demography, International Studies, Interdisciplinary Social Science, and Public Health.
The college also contains the following centers and institutes: Center for Demography and Population Health (population research and training), Center for Disaster Risk Policy (technical assistance and system development related to emergency management), Claude Pepper Center (research and advocacy for public policy reform on issues related to senior citizens), DeVoe L. Moore Center for the Study of Critical Issues in Economic Policy and Government (studying the effect of government rules, regulations, and programs on individuals and the economy), Geographical Information Systems Laboratory (state-of-the-art facilities and training for professional planners and geographers), LeRoy Collins Institute (independent, nonpartisan statewide policy organization to study private and public issues facing Florida and the nation), Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy (coordinator and facilitator for multidisciplinary work in aging studies; sponsors the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which encourages elders to return to campus to continue to learn), Stavros Center for Economic Education (promotes economics education in public schools through workshops and seminars, product development, and teacher training), Survey Research Laboratory (questionnaire and sample design, data collection, data entry and coding, data analysis for researchers, public agencies, and private organizations), William H. Kerr Intercultural Education and Dialogue Initiative (dedicated to expanding educational opportunities for underprivileged youth around the world and creating international dialogue).
The college's academic programs, centers, and institutes address virtually every economic, political, and social issue that society is facing in the 21st century. The college is home to 120 faculty members, including Eminent Scholar Chairs and named professors acclaimed by virtue of their outstanding research and excellence in teaching. More than 30 percent of the faculty are award-winning teachers. All 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 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.