Cool Classes


Explore America’s Coolest Classes

The Science and Culture of Chocolate. Economics of Piracy. Physics for Future Presidents. Even a cursory glance at the Rollins course catalog reveals that a top-ranked education doesn’t have to be boring. From Zombies, Killers, and Madman to Shakespeare’s A.R.S.E., Rollins’ imaginative professors are constantly dreaming up cool courses to keep their students locked in. Explore our ever-expanding collection of must-take Rollins College classes and go behind the scenes of some of the most interesting college courses you’ll find anywhere in the world.

Students in an independent study math course meet to collaborate on research.

May 03, 2022

Cool Class: Industrial Mathematics

Students in this independent study course experienced firsthand one of the many practical career applications of a math degree: working together to analyze data and find innovative solutions for real problems.

A grid of photos taken throughout the year showing the range of activities and courses Rollins offered in 2021.

August 13, 2021

A Rollins Year in Photos

As we welcome the start of a new semester, let’s reflect on the myriad ways Tars across the globe rallied this past year in the face of adversity, living out the ideals and values of our mission at every turn.

Masked students conduct research in the Rollins Archives

February 24, 2021

A History for the Future

Rollins faculty, staff, and students are engaging in real-world research to uncover untold stories from the Great Migration for an original art installation coming to campus next year.

Students hold puppets during an online workshop.

February 23, 2021

Cool Class: Difficult Dialogues in Health Communication

Tough conversations are the most meaningful in this community engagement class that offers a lifetime of takeaways.

Students having a discussion in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

October 29, 2020

Cool Class: AfroFantastic: Black Imagination and Agency in the American Experience

A new course for first-year students culminates with an exhibition at Rollins’ Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

A child from Rollins’ Child Development Center reads the book helped write with a Rollins student.

August 10, 2020

Cool Class: Writing Books for & with Children

This honors course pairs students with preschoolers to explore the fine art of children’s literature—and the takeaways extend far beyond the creative process.

January 26, 2020

Cool Class: Sustainability Beyond the Classroom

Go inside this series of linked environmental studies courses to learn how Rollins students are exploring sustainability issues right at the source.

Joshua Almond and his students working to weatherproof the exterior of a tiny home class project.

April 11, 2019

Cool Class: Applied Design Solutions

Hammers in hand, Rollins students are exploring big concepts by building a tiny house.

A Pakistani chef shows some of the spices she uses during a cooking demonstration.

February 19, 2019

Cool Class: Food & Immigrant Cultures in Central Florida

This Intersession course taught Rollins students that just like there’s more to a recipe than a list of ingredients, there’s more to a population than statistics.

Rachel Walton and Claire Strom work with a student.

February 11, 2019

Cool Class: Researching American History

Rollins students explore the history of diversity and inclusion in education and at Rollins through the Pathways to Diversity grant.

Student carving a wooden relief project on tabletop.

November 20, 2018

Cool Class: The Art & Science of Cell Death

Inside the innovative Rollins course that fuses biology, technology, sculpture, and abstract thinking in unconventional ways.

Students turning residential lawns into organic micro-farms.

November 14, 2018

Cool Class: Strategies for Changemakers

This 300-level course is all about learning what it really takes to become, as Gandhi encouraged us to do, the change we want to see in the world.

Students sifting through dirt to search for artifacts.

October 09, 2018

Cool Class: Archaeological Field School

In a swampy, secluded section of the Charles H. Bronson State Forest—about 20 miles due east of campus—Rollins students are unearthing an ancient mystery.

Professor Raja Singaram, Thais Cuachio with Deux Mains, and a group of students sitting outside at a table.

April 19, 2018

Cool Class: Systems & Design Thinking for Social Change

A new social entrepreneurship course takes aim at finding lasting solutions to enduring social problems.

A group of students dressed in business attire talking and networking.

February 01, 2018

Cool Class: Job Market Boot Camp

Graduating seniors don their best business attire and get intensive training on how to excel in the global workforce.

Students conduct an optics lab in a physics course.

January 18, 2018

Cool Class: Physics for Future Presidents

First-year students jump at the chance to become scientifically literate, learning how things work so they can understand why they’re important.

Group of students standing in front of a wall mural. Smartphone with photo of the mural.

November 20, 2017

Cool Class: Creating the Digital Future

This project-based course goes beyond learning HTML to examine how computer science, the web, and digital media are shaping our society.

Students in a seminar about globalization.

October 20, 2017

Cool Class: Globalization

First-year students eager to dive into college get a crash course in how the world works and how they can be a part of changing the narrative.

Economics professor and students at Downtown Credo, a local coffee shop and community partner.

September 05, 2017

Cool Class: The Global Economy

Students explore the economic relationship between the developed world and developing countries by partnering with a local direct-trade coffee shop.

May 24, 2017

Cool Class: Film as Art

Behind the scenes of the Rollins class designed to instill a wider appreciation of films by allowing students to engage with more than 50 features, shorts, and documentaries during the Florida Film Festival.

A philosophy student sits with the kids they're tutoring.

May 02, 2016

Cool Class: Teaching Philosophy to Kids

In this cool college course, Rollins students are developing unconventional ways to help preschoolers learn critical-thinking skills.

The sports statistics seminar in progress.

April 13, 2016

Cool Class: Sports Analytics

Do statistics scare you to death? A Rollins course uses athletes as an avenue to understand complicated mathematical concepts.

Professor Phil Kozel with his back to the camera wearing a pirate shirt.

January 26, 2016

Cool Class: Mysteries and Marvels of Piracy

Examining the social and economic impacts of pirates throughout time—from Blackbeard to black-market bit streamers.

Brian Cohan ’16, Kendra Davies ’16, and Shiying Gu ’16 present to local and state officials.

December 16, 2015

Cool Class: Incarceration and Inequality

Rollins students examine how well our country actually guarantees equal justice under the law.

Students prepare gelatin during a chemistry experiment.

December 01, 2015

Cool Class: The Science of Sustenance

Edible experiments are making students rethink their relationship with food.

A group of students standing together dressed like zombies.

October 28, 2015

Cool Class: Zombies, Serial Killers, and Madmen

Getting inside the mind of a murderer isn’t for everyone. But for those who enjoy exploring the macabre, this philosophy class doesn’t disappoint.

A student wearing a cardboard hummingbird hat that she made in her Foundations in Sculpture course.

October 21, 2015

Cool Class: Foundations in Sculpture

Connecting with their inner spirit animals, first-year students take a creative, hands-on approach to learning the foundations of a time-honored art form.

Students explore physics concepts in The Science of Superheroes class.

September 16, 2015

Cool Class: The Science of Superheroes

From the Hulk to Spider-Man, a Rollins College class examines the powers of superheroes.

Students sitting in the bleachers at Medieval Times cheering.

April 24, 2013

Cool Class: Dungeons & Dragons

From The Hobbit to Medieval Times, a course explores the fact and fiction of the Middle Ages.

Virtual Tour: Outdoor Classroom

Find out what a Rollins classroom is really like by going behind the scenes of one of English professor Jana Mathews’ creative courses in the Orlando Hall outdoor classroom.

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