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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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Why Study History at Rollins

Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? As a history major at Rollins, you’ll explore these pressing questions as you learn to think critically, write persuasively, and make connections between the past and the present. Our history majors don’t just graduate with a degree—they graduate with a deep understanding of the historical antecedents that shape our world today.

Through a curriculum designed to introduce students to a variety of perspectives in and outside the classroom, you’ll investigate an array of geographic regions, identify and pursue your passions, and forge lifelong relationships on campus, in our community, and around the world.

Apply Your Knowledge Our Applied History course requirement empowers majors to put their ideas to work in the world. This flexible experience lets you hone your historical knowledge in a range of real-world settings, from internships to community research.

Collaborate with the Experts Every student has the opportunity to collaborate with our faculty on the kind of research typically reserved for grad school. Past projects have explored local history and resulted in publications.

Broaden Your Worldview The history curriculum at Rollins is designed to expose you to a breadth of cultures across time and space. From ancient Rome to communist China, you’ll learn how belief systems develop over time.

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: 1920's 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 a City: Ancient Athens

  • World War II

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

  • 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

Immersive Global Field Studies From Germany to Greece and China to Vietnam, Rollins offers history majors a host of study-abroad experiences all over the globe. In recent years, history students have explored the Athenian acropolis and hiked the Tonkinese Alps—all while earning credit toward their major.

Professional Presentations Each year, members of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, showcase their historical acumen as presenters at regional and national conferences. Faculty advisors support students every step of the way as they submit proposals, practice presentations, and travel to events.

Community Partnerships Our majors enjoy exclusive internship and engagement opportunities thanks to partnerships between the Rollins history department and leading community organizations like the Winter Park Historical Association, the Orange County Regional History Center, and the Hannibal Square Heritage Center.

Program Requirements

Visit the Rollins catalogue to access the program requirements

Contact Info

Department of History
Cornell Hall for the Social Sciences
1000 Holt Ave. – 2762
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2155
F. 407.646.2363  
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