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Social Innovation

Want to make a difference in the world? Start here. Rollins’ social innovation major gives students the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to address societal problems in creative, systematic, and sustainable ways, preparing you to thrive in fields such as public policy advocacy, nonprofit leadership, and community organizing.

Rollins was one of the first colleges in America—and the first in Florida—to be designated a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U. That means we’re committed to breaking down barriers to institutional change and fostering a campus-wide culture of social innovation—values that students in our program carry into their communities. As a social innovation major at Rollins, you’ll gain the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to lead lasting change.

Why Study Social Innovation at Rollins

See the Big Picture

You’ll not only develop a critical understanding of problems that affect marginalized populations, but you’ll gain the interdisciplinary tools to create, implement, and evaluate creative solutions.

Interact and Advocate

From global field studies to local internships and leadership programs, our major offers ample opportunities for experiential learning, advocacy, and community engagement.

Do What You Love

With a degree in social innovation from Rollins, you’ll be well equipped to build a productive career and a meaningful life that aligns with your passions.

Real World Experience

From community engagement courses to internships and research, students hone their skills in the real world.

Popular Courses

Majors complete 10 courses from at least three different disciplines. Core courses include an introductory course, a core skills course, a topics course examining a range of social problems, a community engagement course, and an independent capstone experience.

SI 200
Introduction to Social Innovation

This is where it all begins. Explore complex social problems and start thinking about solutions and social change.

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SI 310
Nonprofit Leadership and Innovation

Examine the inner workings of nonprofit organizations from a leadership and innovation perspective, then decide which practices can help you reach your goals.

CMC 110
Digital Storytelling

Develop the ability to use digital technologies to create multimedia projects and study how narrative structures meaning.

POL 333
Case Studies in Sustainable Development

Explore political concepts of sustainable development, comparing how different states confront everything from population growth to ecotourism.

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SOC 111
Social Problems

Follow traditional areas of social-problem analysis, including poverty, sexism, racism, and crime, as they evolve and transform society.

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ANT 150
Cultures of the World

Investigate past and present peoples of the world, exploring the diversity and underlying unity of human culture from evolutionary and ecological perspectives.

A Day in the Life of a Rollins Social Innovation Major

“The social innovation major is perfect for me because it gives me the flexibility to combine my core passions for social and environmental change with my love of other areas like art and entrepreneurship.”

Kinsley Gerks ’20

Beyond the Classroom

Field Experiences Put your ideas to work in the world through faculty-led field studies and study-abroad programs, Rollins Immersions, and social-innovation competitions and internships.

Community Engagement Form meaningful connections, give back to society, and learn how to make the world a better place—all while building a resume that makes you stand out from the crowd.

Hands On at The Hub Help create social change through hands-on learning at Rollins’ Social Impact Hub, a creative space in the new Kathleen W. Rollins Hall that provides tools and resources to tackle local and global social issues.

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Expert Faculty

Our professors represent a cross-section of academic disciplines, from anthropology and computer science to social entrepreneurship and environmental studies.

Social Innovation Program
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue - 2736
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2266

Visit the Social Innovation Program Website