Rollins offers a highly selective program in the liberal arts for students with exceptional intellectual abilities. The Honors Degree Program creates a community of scholars who are encouraged to seek innovative ways to solve the pressing social challenges of the twenty-first century. Successful completion of the Honors curriculum leads to a distinct and separate undergraduate degree, Artium Baccalaureus Honoris--the Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Honors students complete a core set of five courses designed to provide an integrated understanding of the liberal arts. These seminars, some of them interdisciplinary, introduce students to the different methods of inquiry in various fields and encourage students to take intellectual risks and apply a liberal arts understanding to critical issues of our time. These courses substitute for General Education requirements of the rFLA neighborhood program and are designed (1) to teach students to think and write critically across a broad range of disciplines; (2) to encourage a synthetic interdisciplinary understanding of the liberal arts; and (3) to challenge students to see the world in a new way.
In order to ensure that all Honors Degree Students have a broad exposure to all of the Liberal Arts, each seminar will fulfill one or more of the four divisional requirements: Arts (A), Humanities (H), Social Sciences (C), and Natural Sciences (S). Students should ensure that in choosing classes, they have met all four divisional requirements at some point before completing their Honors coursework. Depending on the disciplines of the faculty involved, seminars may have up to two divisional designations. All Honors students must have at least one seminar in each of these four areas. In addition, faculty advisors of first year Honors students will also work closely with their advisees to make certain that Honors students undertake the broadest possible exposure to the liberal arts.
To receive the Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree, candidates must satisfy course and credit, as well as grade requirements.
A. Course and credit requirements
a. Honors Seminars
HON 201 (4 hours)
HON 202 (4 hours)
HON 300 (4 hours)
HON 350 (4 hours)
HON 400 (4 hours)
b. *Honors-in-the-Major Research/Independent Study
[Department Code] 498HD/499HD (8 hours total)
Mathematical Thinking (M)
Health and Wellness (B)
Foreign Language (F)
d. Major Field
Complete courses required for major (48-64 hours)
(32-48 hours) Includes an optional minor of 6-8 courses
Students must fulfill the above academic requirements in no fewer than 140 semester hours.
*Honors-in-the-Major thesis research is strongly encouraged, but in rare exceptions students may write a thesis outside their discipline, which will count as credit for the Honors program but which will not receive honors in the major. Any thesis topics outside the major must be approved by the student's advisor in their major, and the thesis proposal must also be approved by the Honors Advisory Board before or during the spring registration period.
Candidates for the Honors A.B. Degree must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.33 to continue in the program and earn the degree. They must also earn a grade of “B” or better for HON 498/499. Latin Honors at graduation (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude) are awarded in the Honors Program on the basis of cumulative GPA, with the same numerical criteria as in the rest of the College.
B. Grade Requirements
The College offers three combined and/or cooperative degree programs:
Outstanding Rollins students have an opportunity to obtain both the College's Artium Baccalaureus (AB) degree and the Master of Business of Administration (MBA) degree in five (5) years through the College's Accelerated Management Program (AMP). The first three years of study are completed in the College of Arts and Sciences; the second two years are completed in the Crummer Graduate School of Business through the Early Advantage MBA program.
As part of the structure required by the Accelerated Management Program, students agree to adhere to specific academic and experiential requirements listed below. Acceptance into the Early Advantage MBA program is conditional upon the student's satisfactory completion of these requirements:
Rollins College cooperates with Auburn, Columbia, and Washington (St. Louis) Universities in combined programs designed for students who wish to become professional engineers. Students attend Rollins for three years in a program of liberal arts and science before transferring to the engineering school. Students receive a bachelor's (A.B.) degree from Rollins and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from the engineering school.
To receive the A.B. degree from Rollins College with a major in pre-engineering, students must complete a set of core requirements in the sciences and mathematics; must satisfy all general education requirements of the College; must complete an approved area of concentration in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Computer Science; must successfully complete at least 105 semester hours of study at Rollins; and must complete at least 35 semester hours of study leading to the B.S. in engineering at one of the cooperative engineering schools. These requirements are normally met by the end of the fifth year of study. It is very important for students to understand that they cannot stay at Rollins for four years and major in pre-engineering. In order to satisfy the requirements of this program they must complete at least 35 hours of study at one of the cooperative engineering schools.
Fields of study available at the cooperating engineering universities include aerospace, biomedical, biosystems, chemical, civil, computer, earth and environment, electrical, electrical and systems, energy, environmental and chemical, industrial, materials, mechanical, operations research, software, structural, systems, and textile engineering. Other fields are engineering and management systems, engineering mechanics, and computer science and engineering.
The first- and second-year requirements at Rollins for all of these programs include the following courses.
1. Mathematics (5 courses)
2. Physics (4 courses)
3. Chemistry (2 courses)
4. Computer Programming (1 course)
Additionally, all students must complete the requirements in one of the following approved areas of concentration.
PHY 220 Mathematical Methods for Physical Sciences I
PHY 221 Mathematical Methods for Physical Sciences II
PHY 232 Experimental Physics II
PHY 233 Modern Electronics
PHY 308 Mechanics
PHY 314 Electricity and Magnetism
CHM 220 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 221 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 305 Physical Chemistry I
CHM 306 Physical Chemistry II
plus two approved courses in chemistry at the 300 or 400 level.
MAT 111 Calculus I
MAT 112 Calculus II
MAT 140 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
MAT 211 Calculus III
MAT 219 Probability and Statistics
MAT 230 Linear Algebra
MAT 305 Ordinary Differential Equations plus one additional course in mathematics at the 300 or 400 level.
MAT 140 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
CMS 167 Introduction to Computer Programming
CMS 170 Computer Science Principles I
PHY 233 Modern Electronics
CMS 230 Introduction to Computer Systems
CMS 270 Computer Science Principles II
CMS 330 System Software Principles
During their sophomore year, students should meet with Dr. Kenneth Pestka II, Coordinator of the Cooperative Engineering (Pre-Engineering) Program, and plan a sequence of advanced courses that satisfy the concentration requirement at Rollins. The areas of concentration are similar to a minor in the field of study. Please refer to The Rollins College Cooperative Pre-Engineering Program: A Guide for Students and Advisors for details; it is available at http://www.rollins.edu/as/academics/departments-majors-minors.html within Pre-Engineering under Three/Two Programs.
For further information, contact Dr. Kenneth Pestka II, Program Coordinator, (407) 691-1279.
This cooperative program offers an excellent opportunity to combine liberal arts with a graduate degree in environmental management or forestry from the Duke University School of the Environment. Duke's graduate program in these areas is one of the best in the country. Students spend three years at Rollins followed by four terms at Duke and receive the Rollins A.B. degree, and the Master of Environmental Management (M.E.M) or the Master of Forestry (M.F.) from Duke. The M.E.M. degree offers majors in resource ecology, water and air resources, or resource economics and policy. The M.F. degree represents a major in forest resource management. Concurrent graduate degrees in business administration, environmental law, or public policy are also available with two additional terms at Duke.
For further information, contact Dr. Katie Sutherland, Program Coordinator, (407) 691-1075.
Outstanding Rollins students have an opportunity to obtain both the College's Artium Baccalaureus (AB) degree and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Reutlingen University in Germany in four (4) years through the College's Dual-Degree Program (DDP). The first four semester years of study are completed in the College of Arts and Sciences; the next three semesters are completed at Reutlingen University; the eighth and final semester is completed at Rollins College.
As part of the structure required by the Dual-Degree Program, students agree to adhere to specific academic and experiential requirements listed below. The DDP Faculty Director will consult with German language faculty and with International Programs in February of the fourth semester to assess candidates for continuation to Reutlingen University. Completion of the DDP minimal expectations is a requirement of the DDP program; however, the official admissions decision is subject to final approval by Reutlingen University:
Following are the minimal expectations of participants in the DDP:
Students not accepted into the Dual-Degree Program as part of the admissions process may make application to the Program during the first year. The application is required by not later than January 15 and is available from the Dual-Degree Program Faculty Director. Students will be notified of acceptance within one month of application. Application to the Dual-Degree Program may not be made in the second year.
For more information, contact the Dual-Degree Program Faculty Director in International Business or the Office of International Programs.