Honors Thesis Spotlight: Splintering Off: Catalonia’s Search for Sovereignty

In 2017, the Catalonia region of Spain held a referendum for independence where 2.26 million people flocked to the polls to vote on the region’s secession from Spain. Catalonia’s bold campaign for autonomy sparked a country-wide debate and garnered international attention. The Spanish Central government declared the referendum illegal, thereby nullifying the Catalonian Declaration of…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Olivia Marcus

What have you been up to since you graduated? I graduated in Spring 2021 with a B.S. in Political Science. Since I graduated, I have moved to Philadelphia to pursue a Master’s in City Planning at The University of Pennsylvania. How did your degree in social science help inform your path? Since COSSPP is such…

Research Spotlight: Distrust in Social Institutions During COVID-19

The United States is seeing a growing distrust in social institutions of knowledge like science and media. These groups which attempt to systematically validate or invalidate information are losing influence in favor of alternative sources of information like blogs, YouTube videos and conspiracy theorists. This poses an obvious threat to public health in the context…

Award Spotlight: Three COSSPP students selected for 2020 AHEC Scholars Program

Nine Florida State University students in disciplines across campus have been selected to the 2020 cohort of the Florida Area Health and Education Center (AHEC) Scholars Program. Three of those chosen have majors within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP). The students, who will work directly with the Big Bend Area Health…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: A Study of Corruption and Social Capital in Latin America

The predictability of social capital ebbs and flows, particularly when trust between constituents is lost or corrupted. Trust is crucial to maintaining social capital, which is defined as the extent to which trust in institutions facilitates collective action. Since the 1970s, social capital has steadily declined, and corruption might be to blame. This study investigates…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Maya Vazquez

What have you been up to since you graduated? I graduated in Spring 2021 with a B.S. in Political Science. I am beginning law school at the University of Maryland next week! I just got settled down in Baltimore and miss Tallahassee so much. How did your degree in social science help inform your path? My…

Research Award Spotlight: COSSPP Grad One of Three FSU Fulbright Winners

A graduate of the college is one of three FSU grads to receive research scholarships through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.   Beatrice Dain joins Michael Rivera and Marah Litchfield as one of the recent grads for whom the Fulbright awards will provide funding for each recipient to conduct research projects abroad this upcoming year.  Dain will be working toward her…