Florida State University

Global & Public Affairs Living Learning Community

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Are you an incoming first-year student interested in the social sciences and looking to live on campus? The Global and Public Affairs Living-Learning Community (GPALC) is a program offered through University Housing that gives first-year students the unique opportunity to live alongside peers with similar interests.

What is a Living-Learning Community?

Living-Learning Communities, offered through University Housing, are a way to help first-year students develop a deeper connection to campus and their peers. Students all live in the same residence hall and take classes together. Through their LLC experience, students are able to engage with like-minded students and deepen their knowledge of their interests.

Living-Learning Community residents benefit from the resources of a large university (world-renowned faculty, a variety of course offerings in more than one hundred departments and other academic programs, academic and cultural activities almost every night, and a large and diverse student body), while also enjoying the benefits of a small college (close contact with a small community of students, small class sizes, and regular interaction with university faculty and staff).

You can learn more about living-learning communities here.

Application Process

Please go to the LLC applications portal and follow those instructions to apply. Applications officially open on Friday, February 25, 2022. Note that for the 2022-2023 academic year the initial application deadline for full consideration is Monday, April 11, 2022. Further consideration after that date will be made on a rolling basis and subject to available space.


Students in the Global and Public Affairs Living-Learning Community are passionate about the social sciences – political science, international affairs, economics, sociology, and more! GPALC participants seek to understand society on a deeper level and engage with their local, national, and global communities. Participants can expect to live alongside peers from diverse backgrounds with different viewpoints.

Students participate in a 1-credit weekly colloquium in both Fall and Spring semesters, and must also enroll in a 3-credit class reserved just for GPALC students during the Spring semester. Participants are required to attend cultural and political events throughout the course of the semester. These classes and events will give students the opportunity to learn, discuss, and engage with topics of interest. Course info:

  • Every student must enroll and pass the following 1-credit course in both Fall and Spring semester

ISS 1921: Colloquium in Global and Public Afairs
Instructor: Prof. Eric Coleman, Department of Political Science
Wed 1:20pm-2:10pm

  • Every student must CHOOSE ONE of the following 3-credit courses reserved for GPALC students

PUP4203 01: Environmental Politics and Policy
Instructor: Prof. Eric Coleman, Department of Political Science
Tues/ Thur 1:20pm-2:35pm
Stavros Center, SEC203

– OR –

ECO2013 07: Principles of Macroeconomics
Instructor: Prof. James Gwartney, Department of Economics
Tues/ Thur 07 TR 3:05pm-4:20pm
Stavros Center, SEC203

Contact Info

This colloquium is directed by Prof. Eric Coleman.

Email: ecoleman @ fsu.edu

Tel: 850-644-5003

Office: Bellamy 163

Website: https://myweb.fsu.edu/ecoleman/

You may also contact the graduate assistant for GPALC Lauren Thornberg

Please contact Denise Mercier for more information about LLCs and the application process. You may also call her at 850-644-2860.

Contact Us


Dorman Hall
101 South Woodward Ave


Denise Mercier:
(850) 644-2860

Mailing Address

Global & Public Affairs Living Learning Community

P.O. Box 3062230

Tallahassee, FL 32306-2230