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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Program Details

Honors 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 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 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.

Contact

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

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

Christopher Fuse

Associate Professor of Physics
I received my Ph.D. in physics from Texas Christian University in 2008 where I studied the photometric properties and X-ray emission of isolated early-type galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). I completed an M.S. in physics at Miami University where I studied the formation of planetary systems, emphasizing the formation of moons around gas giant planets. I completed my B.S. in physics at St. Bonaventure University.

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).