New Century College
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Welcome from the Dean

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Lisa Gring-Pemble, dean of New Century College

Welcome to New Century College (NCC) at George Mason University!  An innovative, integrative, interdisciplinary college housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, New Century College offers the benefits of a small, liberal arts college while providing access to the academic resources of a large public research university.

New Century College prepares students to address pressing social questions and challenges through two unique programs of study: the Integrative Studies BA or BS degree and Mason Cornerstones, a first-year experience for selected freshmen.  In addition, NCC offers a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies in partnership with Mason’s Department of Environmental Science and Policy within the College of Science. These programs encourage students to examine the connections among a variety of subjects in small, discussion-based, learning communities that enhance student communication, critical and creative thinking, and ethical leadership.

Connecting the Classroom to the World, the New Century College motto, reflects our commitment to transformative experiential learning opportunities including internships, field and international study, and independent research and service.  Throughout their college experience, students work closely with distinguished faculty members, many of whom have won Mason’s prestigious Teaching Excellence Award.  Our students have, for example: 

  • interned with White House Staff, United States Senators and Representatives, the National Zoo, medical and health services facilities, local elementary schools, and the Washington Redskins
  • collaborated with NCC faculty on sustainability initiatives ranging from launching a new e-waste recycling program for the Mason community to protecting ecologically sensitive areas in Assateague Island
  • become effective social justice advocates by working with experts from the DC Social Justice Friends Network, National Coalition for the Homeless, and Poplar Spring Farm Animal Sanctuary
  • served as research assistants for advanced methods in child development and presented their published research with faculty at academic conferences 
  • studied abroad with NCC instructors in the Philippines, Belize, Cambodia, and Ireland

Through New Century College’s campus-wide consortium—Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL)—students participate in worldwide service-learning projects, residential living-learning communities, and field studies courses. Upon graduation, NCC students are engaged, well-rounded scholars who consistently assume leadership roles in business enterprises, law, government, medicine, education, and non-profits, among others.

New Century College enjoys a tradition of academic innovation and excellence.  Our talented students are emerging global leaders, our outstanding faculty and staff are dedicated to transformative teaching and research, and our advisory board of exceptional alumni and industry leaders is deeply committed to our College’s success.  We are well positioned to support Mason’s vision of an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world. 


Lisa Gring-Pemble, PhD
New Century College


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