Welcome to the web site of FSU's Social Science & Public Affairs Living-Learning Community (SSPALLC)
The Social Science & Public Affairs Living-Learning Community (SSPALLC) is designed to help its residents advance their interests in the world around them, complementing the educational mission of FSU with special courses and frequent events and activities that are open only to members of the Community. 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).
The Community is intended for students with an interest in the social sciences, and draws from the rich resources of the University, the College of Social Sciences & Public Policy, and Tallahassee to create a unique learning environment. The central mission of SSPALLC is to educate students for citizenship in the community, state, nation, and world. If you're interested in understanding and impacting society at the local, state, national, and global levels, then this is the community for you!
In order to fulfill this mission, the Social Science & Public Affairs Living-Learning Community has three central components: Community, Coursework, and Events & Activities.
SSPALLC residents benefit from living in a close-knit, supportive community of people with similar interests. New students interact with others who are interested in the world around them, including majors and professors in FSU's social science departments (Economics, Geography, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology, and Urban & Regional Planning) and related disciplines. With this foundation, SSPALLC residents go on to achieve academic success in the social sciences and become leaders in student and community organizations.
SSPALLC residents live in conveniently-located DeGraff Hall, which opened in Fall 2007
All Community residents enroll in the one credit-hour Public Affairs colloquium, in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Because it is limited to residents in the Social Science & Public Affairs Living-Learning Community, this seminar extends the sense of community within the program, by bringing the students together in the classroom as well as in their daily interactions in the residence hall. More details about the Public Affairs Colloquium are available on this web site's Courses page.
Community members also are required to take one of the one-semester in-house seminars that are offered each Fall semester by individual departments within the College of Social Sciences & Public Policy. These courses, which are taught in a classroom located in the residence hall, help build a sense of community among participants as well as providing a smaller class size and more personalized learning environment than is found in most classes open to first-year students. Each class is limited to twenty students and is taught by a full-time FSU faculty member. More details are available on this web site's Courses page.
Living-Learning Community Students in the DeGraff Hall Lounge
3. Events & Activities
Throughout the year, special events and activities related to the social sciences and public affairs are scheduled for Community members. These range from presentations by FSU scholars and local or state political figures, to lectures by visiting national and international political dignitaries and journalists, to discussions of current events led by local experts. Recent years have also seen presentations on some of the many opportunities available at FSU for students interested in the social sciences. See the Events & Activities page for examples of some of the events that the Community has hosted in past years.
About this Web Site
This web site includes ten pages with information about the program for current or prospective participants. Each of these pages can be accessed from the navigation sidebar, located on the left side of the screen at the top of each page:
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