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Liberal Arts Education

Rollins College Knowles Memorial Chapel Rose windowFor more than 120 years at Rollins we have instilled in our students the belief that the academic experience we provide is about more than preparing you for a career. It is about opening your eyes to the bigger picture, showing how all areas of knowledge are interlocked, and how learning is a lifelong endeavor that merely begins when you graduate.

The Meaning of Liberal Arts
True to its name, a liberal arts education is a process of liberating the mind. No matter what area of study you focus on, at Rollins you will incorporate a little bit of everything into your academic experience—the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and the arts. You will see science majors thriving in the arts. You will see theatre students conducting scientific research abroad. And you will see how global business is impacted by the arts and classical studies.

Success of Liberal Arts Graduates
To see the impact that a liberal arts education has had on the world, you need only to look at the accomplishments of those who have experienced it. Fortune magazine recently reported that 38 percent of American CEOs majored in liberal arts during their college years. Further, the entire U.S. Supreme Court and eight out of 10 Nobel Prize winners from the United States (which includes one Rollins alumnus) have a four-year degree from a liberal arts college.

Writing Across the Curriculum
One example of Rollins’ commitment to the liberal arts is the emphasis we place on the development of essential writing skills. Every major at Rollins incorporates extensive writing into its curriculum through papers, essays, critiques, and many other forms. Our Writing Center is designed to support this mission by providing comprehensive assistance to students. Outside the classroom, you will benefit from additional outlets, including writing marathons, Friday night workshops, intensive writing workshops, student and faculty readings, and our acclaimed Winter with the Writers event.

What You Can Do with a Liberal Arts Education
Your degree from a liberal arts institution will provide a platform from which you will be ready to enter a wide range of career fields. More than 60 percent of Rollins students strengthen their liberal arts experience with an internship, and more than 50 percent complete a graduate or professional degree. Take one look at how Rollins graduates are putting their liberal arts experiences to work, and it will become clear that you will be ready to go anywhere and do anything.

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Wisdom is Better Than Strength

During the Middle Ages, the seven liberal arts were considered the pillars of knowledge upon which is built a life of rational thought and intellectual capabilities.

In the 5th Century AD, Martianus Capella academically defined the seven Liberal Arts as grammar, dialectic, rhetoric, geometry, arithmetic, astronomy, and music. And based on this understanding, Wilbur Herbert Burnham designed the Rose Window and installed it in the Knowles Memorial Chapel in 1934.