Rollins Foundations in the Liberal Arts

21st-century problems can’t be solved in isolation; they require the ability to make connections across multiple perspectives and to anticipate an increasingly global future. These skills are forged in intellectual community. At Rollins, we call these communities “neighborhoods.”

A Rollins College education

The neighborhoods empower students to meet the demands of the 21st century by linking courses across a unifying theme. Students take courses in the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences and learn how to apply these approaches to different dimensions of that central theme. From this foundation, students graduate ready to create innovative solutions to complex problems.

rFLA fosters well-rounded, well-prepared graduates, requiring classes in foreign languages, health and wellness, mathematical thinking, and writing—but that is just the beginning.


At Rollins, our mission is to educate students for global citizenship and responsible leadership. These qualities are forged in an intellectual community, in spaces where professors lead students to encounter new ways of thinking, to place things in context, and to construct a critical conversation through research and original analysis.

In our general education program, these communities are called neighborhoods, after our beloved alumnus, Mr. Rogers. In their neighborhoods, students take a series of five linked courses connected by a central theme. As students rise in the program, they use different disciplinary lenses to examine:


Where a major will give students depth in a field, their neighborhood courses demonstrate that the global problems of the day cannot be solved within a single frame. The Rollins students who will become responsible leaders in our world will bring an ability to make surprising connections and think across barriers.

These intellectual communities are not limited to the classroom. Making connections between the classroom and the world is so central to life at Rollins that we begin every year with SPARC day, a decade-old day of service with nearly a thousand student, faculty, staff, and alumni participants each year. Throughout the neighborhood program, courses spill out into campus lecture series, the theater, the museum, experiments in the field, and community partnerships. Before students leave the neighborhood, we test and celebrate this continuing relationship between intellectual rigor and meaningful action with a practicum course, asking students to apply and integrate what they’ve learned throughout their time at Rollins.

It’s no coincidence that the skills students develop in their neighborhood courses are exactly what employers say they want from new hires —the skills to communicate, solve problems, and collaborate. That’s the second half of the mission: global citizenship and responsible leadership, meaningful lives, and productive careers. The neighborhood communities prepare Rollins students to create innovating, thriving communities in the world.

How does rFLA work?

There are 10 requirements:

1 Rollins College Conference course Learn More

4 competencies courses (One course in each of these four areas: foreign languages, health and wellness, mathematical thinking, and writing) Learn More

5 courses within one neighborhood Learn More

How to navigate the program Learn More