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Public Health Students' PSA Chosen for National Conference Screening

August 12, 2019

A public service announcement produced by students in the college's interdisciplinary Master of Public Health program has been selected for screening at the 2019 Global Public Health Film Festival during the American Public Health Association's 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia in November 2019.

Study Shows Unions Are Valuable for Political Knowledge

August 2, 2019

Political Science Ph.D. student David Macdonald's study is featured in this article, reprinted with permission from The Electrical Worker/IBEW web site.

If knowledge is power, then political knowledge is the fuel of an informed democracy. And according to a recent study, unions are a valuable source.

“Democracy suffers if people are making political decisions grounded in ignorance,” wrote study author David Macdonald, a political scientist at Florida State University.

Research Will Examine Citizen Support for Judicial Institutions

July 31, 2019

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant of nearly $400,000 to Florida State University and Penn State University for research being conducted by political scientists on citizens' attitudes toward politicians who seek to change or disable the court system.

Politicians in a number of countries frequently make attempts to politicize or undermine the judicial branch of government, such as "packing" court membership or reducing judicial ability to decide certain cases.

COSSPP Students Among New Garnet and Gold Inductees

July 31, 2019

by Kelsey Klopfenstein, University Communications, and COSSPP communications staff

Five students with majors in the college are among the 16 Florida State University students inducted into the prestigious Garnet & Gold Scholar Society this summer.

Established in 2010, the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society facilitates student involvement and recognizes undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in at least three of five areas: international experience, internship, leadership, research and service.

Recent Grad Wins Prestigious Study-Abroad Fellowship

July 31, 2019

by Amy Farnum-Patronis, FSU Communications, and COSSPP communications staff

A recent Florida State University graduate and member of the 2018 Social Science Scholars cohort has received a highly competitive fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

College News Briefs for July 2019

July 29, 2019


The university's communications team spotlighted international affairs/psychology dual major Lauren Moran, a presidential scholar who has participated in UROP and Global Scholars and recipient of support from the FSU Moellership program, which afforded her a summer internship in Honduras. Read the full article here.

Dean Chapin Gives Automated Vehicle Talk in Annapolis

July 16, 2019

by Angela Roberts, Capital Gazette

As the blazing sun beat down on Annapolis’ streets and historic storefronts, Dr. Tim Chapin spelled out the not-so-distant future of transportation for a city deeply invested in remembering its past.

Self-driving cars are coming, said Chapin, the dean of Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. In just about 40 years, maybe less, our roads will be dominated by fully autonomous vehicles.

Applied Politics Master’s Students Host Hurricane Forum

July 19, 2019

Students from Florida State University’s Master in Applied American Politics and Policy (MAAPP) program hosted local officials from across the Big Bend area at a public forum to discuss the impacts of Hurricane Michael, which made landfall along the northern Florida Gulf Coast as a Category 5 in October 2018.

COSSPP Students Among Record Number of Gilman Recipients

June 27, 2019

by Amy Farnum-Patronis, FSU Communications, and COSSPP communications staff

A record number of Florida State University students are studying or interning around the world this summer thanks to prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State. Eight students with majors in the college are among the 28 Gilman Scholars, the most in school history.

Geography Professor and Team Receive Grant to Study Post-Hurricane Birth Outcomes

June 26, 2019

Associate Professor of Geography Christopher Uejio is part of a research team that has been awarded more than $400,000 by the National Institutes of Health to study how Hurricane Michael impacted birth outcomes in the Florida panhandle.