Want to make a difference in the world? Start here. Rollins’ social innovation major gives students the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to address societal problems in creative, systematic, and sustainable ways, preparing you to thrive in fields such as public policy advocacy, nonprofit leadership, and community organizing.

Rollins was one of the first colleges in America—and the first in Florida—to be designated a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U. That means we’re committed to breaking down barriers to institutional change and fostering a campus-wide culture of social innovation—values that students in our program carry into their communities. As a social innovation major at Rollins, you’ll gain the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to lead lasting change.


Why Study Social Innovation at Rollins

  1. See the Big Picture

    You’ll not only develop a critical understanding of problems that affect marginalized populations, but you’ll gain the interdisciplinary tools to create, implement, and evaluate creative solutions.

  2. Interact and Advocate

    From global field studies to local internships and leadership programs, our major offers ample opportunities for experiential learning, advocacy, and community engagement.

  3. Do What You Love

    With a degree in social innovation from Rollins, you’ll be well equipped to build a productive career and a meaningful life that aligns with your passions.

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Real World Experience

Hone the knowledge and skills you’re developing in the classroom through internships, research, and service projects on campus and in our community.

  • Lockheed Martin
  • NASA
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • NextEra Energy
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Google

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A Day in the Life of a Rollins Social Innovation Major

“The social innovation major is perfect for me because it gives me the flexibility to combine my core passions for social and environmental change with my love of other areas like art and entrepreneurship.”

Kinsley Gerks ’20

Lead, Social Impact Hub


Beyond the Classroom

Field Experiences Put your ideas to work in the world through faculty-led field studies and study-abroad programs, Rollins Immersions, and social-innovation competitions and internships.

Community Engagement Form meaningful connections, give back to society, and learn how to make the world a better place—all while building a resume that makes you stand out from the crowd.

Hands On at The Hub Help create social change through hands-on learning at Rollins’ Social Impact Hub, a creative space in Kathleen W. Rollins Hall that provides tools and resources to tackle local and global social issues.



Expert Faculty

Social Innovation Program

Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue - 2736
Winter Park, FL 32789

Telephone: 407.646.2266

Visit the Social Innovation Program Website

  • Barry Allen

    Barry Allen, PhD

    Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

    Research interests: Environmental economics, national park policy, sustainable development, and globalization

  • Josephine Balzac-Arroyo portrait

    Josephine Balzac-Arroyo, JD, LLM

    Assistant Professor of Social Entrepreneurship

    Research interests: Environmental law, law and ethics, sustainable development, community engagement, and climate change

  • Dan Chong

    Dan Chong, PhD

    Associate Professor of Political Science

    Research interests: International human rights, global poverty, and peace and conflict resolution

  • Nolan Kline portrait

    Nolan Kline, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology

    Research interests: Medical and applied anthropology, global health, Latinx immigrant health, health inequality, and biopolitics

  • Dan Myers

    Dan Myers, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Computer Science

    Research interests: Computer performance modeling and queueing theory

  • Anne M. Stone

    Anne M. Stone, PhD

    Associate Professor of Communication; Director, Social Innovation Major

    Research interests: The role of communication in improving health and relationships across the lifespan

  • Eren Tatari

    Eren Tatari, PhD

    Associate Professor of Political Science

    Research interests: Ethnic and religious minorities in the U.S. and Western Europe, Middle East politics, politics and religion, women in Islam, and gender politics

  • Tonia Warnecke, PhD

    Tonia Warnecke, PhD

    George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Social Entrepreneurship

    Research interests: International development, economics, gender, and social entrepreneurship