Since its founding in 1885, Rollins has engaged in groundbreaking liberal arts education. The College continues to believe in an innovative and comprehensive curriculum; one that integrates arts and humanities with social and natural sciences, along with opportunities for community engagement and international experiences.
Rollins rolls out its next iteration of educational innovation in time for fall 2014. This new general education curriculum is designed to seamlessly blend first-year student programming with sequential classes. Along with foundational courses in writing, math, and language, students will also choose from several different academic "Neighborhoods"—inspired by our legendary alumnus Fred Rogers '51 of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Neighborhood classes are rooted in the liberal arts tradition, while leading students through a series of themed classes, which will expose them to interdisciplinary learning and help them make important intellectual connections between courses, knowledge, and the world at large as they advance. The neighborhoods will also offer students the opportunity to engage in experiential learning through community engagement projects. This model gives students the necessary tools to translate academic knowledge into pragmatic instruction, while studying in a curricular and co-curricular community of students, faculty, and community partners who will be with them throughout their academic career.
Combining the elements of first-year programming and core courses with specialized study focuses, Rollins students learn to integrate knowledge from a wide variety of disciplines.