Honors Program

In the honors degree program at Rollins College, academically gifted students get the chance to explore critical issues in science, technology, arts, humanities and social sciences through the lens of a liberal arts education.

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Honors Program Details

Honors program students attend small and interactive seminars together in which they will be challenged to apply their intellectual gifts to studying, understanding, and solving crucial problems facing our world today. Special dinners, immersions, intersession courses, community engagement projects, and speakers help to further the sense of community.

The culmination of the honors program is the senior thesis project, ideally in the student’s major field, although interdisciplinary thesis projects are also possible. This capstone thesis leads to exceptional depth of understanding and provides valuable experience in developing and executing an advanced project.

Admission to the Honors Program

Students interested in the Rollins honors degree program do not have to fill out a separate application to be considered for the program. All applicants will be evaluated for the honors program during the application review process.

The honors degree program is a highly selective program which is awarded on an invitation-only basis. The top 4 percent of our applicant pool will be evaluated by the honors faculty committee, and students who are selected will be sent an invitation to join the honors degree program in late spring.

Upon enrollment, professors will also have the opportunity to nominate students for the honors program based on their outstanding performance during their first year at Rollins.


Office of Admission
1000 Holt Avenue - Box 2720
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407-646-2161

Honors Program Curriculum

The honors degree program curriculum is a carefully planned sequence of seminars beginning with the honors conference seminar in the first semester and continuing through interdisciplinary seminars that challenge students to incorporate knowledge gained in their major studies in conjunction with their peers to address contemporary problems.

For more information: Download Honors Program Handbook

Faculty Directors

Emily Russell

Associate Professor of English
I attended Cornell University for my undergraduate education and then received my PhD in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. My research and teaching focus on embodiment and the medical humanities, leading me to teach courses like "Bodysnatchers: Literature and Medicine" and "Gruesome Anatomy." In 2010 I published a book called Reading Embodied Citizenship: Narrative, Disability, and the Body Politic (Mellon American Literatures Initiative, Rutgers University Press). Currently, I am working on a manuscript tentatively titled "Transplant Fictions" that explores how organ transplantation has been imagined over time.

Rachel Newcomb

Associate Professor of Anthropology
As an undergraduate I majored in history at Davidson College, and then I went on to receive an MA in The Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins, and an MA and PhD in Anthropology from Princeton University. My expertise is on the contemporary cultures of the Middle East, particularly Morocco, and I’ve published two books about Morocco: Women of Fes: Ambiguities of Life in Urban Morocco (2009) and Encountering Morocco: Fieldwork and Cultural Understanding (2013).