Inaugurated in 2013, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership (formerly the Division of Social Science) comprises the five departments of:

  • Anthropology,

  • Economics,

  • Political Science,

  • Psychology, and

  • Sociology

and dynamic interdisciplinary programs including:

  • International Relations,

  • International Studies,

  • Latin American and Latino Studies,

  • Mental Health Counselling,

  • Pre-Law,

  • Public Service Management,

  • Women’s Studies, and

  • The Skadden Arps Honors Program for Legal Studies.

The School offers a wide variety of traditional and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees and houses the Dominican Studies Institute and the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology offered by the CUNY Graduate Center.


Located in the vibrant Harlem neighborhood of New York City, the Colin Powell School, builds upon an exceptionally strong tradition in the social sciences at City College, and offers students a living laboratory in which to study and conduct research in their chosen fields. The Powell School’s hallmark values of service and leadership permeate every aspect of our work and animate City College’s unflagging and historic commitment to access and excellence.


At the Colin Powell School, faculty and students promote the highest standards of intellectual inquiry while examining patterns in our cultures, worldwide economic activity and reasoning, the relations and institutions of power, and the dynamics of cognition and social interactions. They study why individuals, groups, governments, institutions, tribes, classes, men, women, and children do what they do... and use the knowledge they gain to further powerful, positive change. The internationally recognized scholarship of the Colin Powell School’s diverse faculty addresses critical topics of societal concern from multiple intellectual perspectives.


Our students constitute one of the most unique academic communities in the country. Intellectually curious and highly motivated, they come from broadly diverse national and ethnic backgrounds, united in the mission to improve the world they will inherit. Colin Powell School students are characterized by the desire to dedicate their education to the service of others and to contribute to progress through their endeavors. They connect aspiration to inspiration, undertaking challenging internships—from the White House to the country’s leading think tanks. They serve in community clinics, international development projects, local advocacy organizations, and communities at home and abroad. They also matriculate at top law schools and pursue graduate degrees at highly ranked universities around the globe.