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Australian Studies

Learn more about the Australian studies program at Rollins College.


Gain an intellectual and social understanding of the relationship between Australia and the United States.

Based on the Rollins Program in Sydney, a minor in Australian studies will take you to the Land Down Under. While at Rollins, you’ll be taught by visiting professors from Australia, who spend time at Rollins each year.

What You Will Learn

Australian Studies Mission 
The Australian Studies Program highlights awareness of core issues in Australia and its region while preparing students for a wide range of intriguing careers ranging from business and law, to government and politics, to the non-profit sector and media. The minor draws upon rigorous and practical courses rooted in critical communication, environmental studies, economics and business, as well as cultural, historical, literary, and political perspectives.

Global Citizenship
You will gain a better understanding of the relationship between the United States and Australia while completing coursework not only on the Rollins campus but also a semester abroad at the University of Newcastle or the University of Sydney. As such, you are immersed in Australian culture and better understand key components to thoughtful, responsible citizenship.

Responsible Leadership
Exploring critical communication, environmental studies, economics and business, as well as cultural, historical, literary, and political perspectives, the Australian Studies program is uniquely suited to position you as not only a global citizen but also a responsible leader in the 21st century.

Productive Careers
You will gain invaluable problem-solving skills for a successful life and career—skills that include data analysis, critical thinking in the context of conflicting values, and deliberative decision-making, not to mention timeless oral as well as written communication skills. You may consider a career in the public or private sector as well as post-graduate opportunities with Fulbright, the Peace Corps, and entrance into graduate studies.

Meaningful Lives
Growing international interdependence among nation-states significantly impacts the daily lives of U.S. residents, many of whom are uninformed about the cultural, political, economic, and business institutions of other countries. The Australian Studies Program targets such deficiencies and provides a decidedly global perspective to a liberal arts education. 

Contact Info

Denise Cummings
Associate Professor 
Department of Critical Media & Cultural Studies
170 W. Fairbanks — Room 2759
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2466
F. 407.646.2595