Academics

History

Learn more about the history degree program at Rollins College.

Recovering a Hidden History

Recovering a Hidden History

History students’ award-winning website preserves stories from an African-American newspaper published more than a century ago in Winter Park.

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Overview

Understand and reconstruct past human activities, institutions, ideas, and aspirations in light of current knowledge, concerns, and hopes for the future.  

Learn to read documents and books critically and analytically, develop strong writing skills, and master the ability to think clearly and objectively.  

These intellectual tools will serve well in any profession you want to pursue. Enter the fields of education, banking, publishing, insurance, investments, law, sales, business, or management.

Popular Courses

History of American Sexuality Examine American sexuality from the colonial era to the present, tracing societal attitudes toward premarital and teen sex, gendered sexual pleasure, prostitution, abortion, contraception, eugenics, pregnancy, and other sexual issues.

Decade of Decision This introductory class will familiarize you with the study of history by looking closely at one decade—for example, the 1920s, in which you’ll examine the political, economic, social, intellectual, and cultural events that shaped that ten-year period.

History of Constantinople Study the political, economic, social, intellectual, and cultural history of Constantinople/Istanbul and its place in the world. Practice historical methods, critical reading, and oral communication skills.

Mao and the Chinese Revolution Examine the origins, development, and characteristics of the Chinese Communist Revolution with the focus on Mao Zedong’s role.

Modern Japan Study the modern history of Japan from the Tokugawa era to the present. You’ll cover topics like Western intrusion, Meiji Restoration, U.S. occupation, and the country’s economic take-off.

Senior Capstone Course In this required capstone course, each student compiles a portfolio and uses it to construct an academic autobiography that traces their intellectual growth.

Beyond the Classroom

Global Field Studies We offer far-flung field studies—from Germany, Poland, and Greece to China and Vietnam. In 2016, students studied the history and culture of Vietnam inside and outside the classroom. On a field study trip to Vietnam, students explored Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, boated the Mekong Delta and Ha Long Bay, and hiked through the Tonkinese Alps.

Phi Alpha Theta Members of the National History Honors society attend regional and national meeting as presenters. Every year our faculty advisors to this organization support students as they submit proposals, practice presentations, and travel to conferences.

Community Partnerships The history department has developed partnerships with leading community organizations—including the Winter Park Historical Association, the Orange County Regional History Center, and the Hannibal Square Heritage Center—where our students have exclusive internship and engagement opportunities.

Learn More

Department of History Website
Visit the Rollins catalogue to access the program requirements
Contact History Faculty and Staff

Contact

Department of History
Cornell Hall for the Social Sciences
1000 Holt Ave. – 2762
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2158
F. 407.646.2363