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Neighborhoods

To be eligible for a Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete five (5) courses from one (1) specific neighborhood (see descriptions below). Neighborhood courses are designated in the course schedule published each semester by the Office of Student Records.

Students may take one neighborhood course from a different neighborhood—except the neighborhood capstone, which must be taken in their neighborhood. Students may double-count one neighborhood course toward their major.

Students may complete neighborhood courses and advance within their neighborhood by achieving a C- or better in neighborhood courses. The rFLA director may approve courses taken at regionally accredited institutions of higher education other than Rollins for neighborhood credit.

Students will select their neighborhood during the fall semester of their first year. In the spring of their first year, they will take their first neighborhood class at the 100-level. Subsequently, students must take:

  • three (3) classes at the intermediate level, with at least one (1) class at the 150-level,
  • one (1) class at the 200-level, and
  • one (1) capstone course in their neighborhood at the 300-level.

All competencies must be completed BEFORE the student enrolls in the capstone.


windows iconIdentities: Mirrors and Windows

Our identities—from our fingerprints and Facebook profile to our family trees—fundamentally shape the ways that we think about, feel, and interact with the world. This neighborhood gives students the opportunity to put themselves under the microscope (literally and figuratively!) by exploring the diverse components that factor into the construction of the self. Learning how we define our ethnic, gendered, religious, and cultural identities will reveal new ways of thinking about and engaging with the larger social, economic, political, and ecological networks of which we all are a part. As we advance toward global citizenship, these questions serve as our guide: What does it mean to be human? Where do I belong? What is a family? What can I do to make a positive impact on the world, and how?


innovate-iconInnovate, Create, Elevate

Global progress relies on people who are creative, innovative, and flexible. This neighborhood will prepare students to develop these essential attributes by teaching them how to explore and enhance their creative processes. Students will be challenged to test boundaries, push conventions, and devise new ways of thinking about and living in this rapidly changing world. Students will study the history of innovative thought, belief, and practice across the centuries as well as identify opportunities for development and change in local and global communities. Through the process of learning what a changemaker is and does, students will acquire the knowledge and skillsets to become ones themselves.


mystery iconMysteries and Marvels

The Holy Grail. Mona Lisa’s smile. How to live forever. Why he/she won’t return my calls. As we find comfort in what we hold to be true, we remain fascinated by that which eludes us. This neighborhood invites students to explore what we may not know about our world, our community, our friends and families, and ourselves. Through a diverse array of courses, students will examine all kinds of mysteries— ranging from artistic marvels and scientific wonders to political and cultural blind spots—in order to acquire the skills necessary to unlock the enduring mysteries of the universe… or at least of contemporary college life.


cultures iconWhen Cultures Collide

How do people, cultures, and environments change when different worlds—and worldviews—encounter and interact with one another? Is every corner of the Earth destined to look the same, or is it possible to resist the homogenizing forces of globalization? The increasing emphasis on global integration has catapulted these long-standing questions to the forefront of contemporary discussions about the world and our place within it. This neighborhood encourages students to examine the scientific, artistic, literary, cultural, and socioeconomic effects of our evolving world. Topics of inquiry and exploration include hybridity and diversity in religion, music, and philosophy; the effects of globalization on human, animal, and plant development; and the social, political, and cultural ramifications resulting from people migrating around the world.