Inside a Rollins Classroom

March 04, 2019

By Luke Woodling ’17MBA

A sampling of cool classes at Rollins College.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Find out why meaningful engagement and personalized attention matters by going behind the scenes of 27 of Rollins’ coolest classes.

You’ve fallen in love with our lakeside campus. You can’t wait to start exploring the globe on your first study abroad experience. And who wouldn’t be excited about living in one of the world’s funnest and fast-growing cities? Your #RollinsLife is shaping up to be nothing short of spectacular.

Well, guess what? You should be just as excited about your classes. After all, this is Rollins: The headquarters of engaged learning. Here, you’ll find no overflowing auditoriums, boring lectures, or uninspired professors. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. At Rollins, our intimate and personalized learning environment is designed to maximize engagement. It’s about application over memorization, mentoring over lecturing, and hands-on research over data downloading.

Find out why meaningful engagement and personalized attention matters by going behind the scenes of 27 of Rollins’ coolest classes. We have a feeling you’ll never consider skipping class again.

Student carving a relief sculpture as part of an interdisciplinary art class.Student carving a relief sculpture as part of an interdisciplinary art class.
Photo by Bill Doster.

The Art & Science of Cell Death

Students at Rollins are discovering the new course with a macabre name is actually a high-tech, historically grounded way to merge the complementary fields of science and the liberal arts.
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Students experimenting with weights and measures.Students experimenting with weights and measures.
Photo by Scott Cook.

The Science of Superheroes

Led by physics professor Chris Fuse, this course is dedicated to the study of superheroes—putting some of our favorite characters’ most famously unfeasible feats to the test to see what’s really possible.
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Students excavating a dig site near Rollins College campus.Students excavating a dig site near Rollins College campus.
Photo by Scott Cook.

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.
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Students transforming a residential lawn into an organic micro-farm.Students transforming a residential lawn into an organic micro-farm.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Strategies for Changemakers

This hands-on 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.
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Students beta-test a walking-tour app they designed for a local heritage center.Students beta-test a walking-tour app they designed for a local heritage center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Creating the Digital Future

Robots. Hackers. Self-driving cars. Emerging technologies and trends like these are transforming our world at a dizzying pace, and Rollins students are facing them head-on as they learn the ways that social forces mobilize the creation of new technology.
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Students work on an optics lab in physics class.Students work on an optics lab in physics class.
Photo by Scott Cook.

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.
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Students collaborate with community partner Downtown Credo.Students collaborate with community partner Downtown Credo.
Photo by Scott Cook.

The Global Economy

Students explore the economic relationship between the developed world and developing countries by partnering with a local direct-trade coffee shop.
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Students plant cord grass and pickerelweed on campus.Students plant cord grass and pickerelweed on campus.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Biosphere

Students in this core environmental studies course are learning that if you want to save the world, you have to get your hands dirty.
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Students discuss the impact of fake news in a communication class.Students discuss the impact of fake news in a communication class.

The Truth About Fake News

This course examines why fake news is a salient contemporary issue, what makes news legitimate or not, the consequences of the spread of fake news, and the tensions between fake news and the first amendment.
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Students explore an art installation in downtown Orlando.Students explore an art installation in downtown Orlando.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Art in Orlando

Orlando is an ever-growing cultural hub for the visual arts, and this Intersession class takes learning to the source. The students visited seminal art institutions around the city, including Rollins’ very own Alfond Inn, the Mennello Museum of American Art, the Morse Museum, Lake Eola, and Snap! Orlando, soaking up everything from sculptures and painting to installations and public arts spaces.
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Students study wildlife in the field with biology professor Bobby Fokidis.Students study wildlife in the field with biology professor Bobby Fokidis.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Animal Conservation

This intersession course takes students outdoors to learn about the most pressing issues threatening animal diversity.
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Critical media students attend a film festival at the Enzian Theatre.Critical media students attend a film festival at the Enzian Theatre.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Film as Art

Go 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.
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Students study African-American art during their RCC class.Students study African-American art during their RCC class.

AfroFantastic: Black Imagination and Agency in the American Experience

This RCC course for first-year students examines the complex social and political forces linked to Afrofuturism and culminates with an exhibition at Rollins’ Cornell Fine Arts Museum.
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Students study child development with hands-on experiences at the Hume House.Students study child development with hands-on experiences at the Hume House.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Teaching Philosophy to Kids

Teaching philosophy to a group of preschoolers might seem like an exercise in futility, but Rollins students are finding that—given the right methods—young minds have great capacity to grasp complex concepts.
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Students and chemistry professor install water filters in the Dominican Republic.Students and chemistry professor install water filters in the Dominican Republic.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Water, Sanitation, and Health in the Dominican Republic

Chemistry professor Pedro Bernal marks 20 years of leading students on trips to the island nation of his birth to provide household water filters.
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Student speaking in class about the power of analytics in sports.Student speaking in class about the power of analytics in sports.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Sports Analytics

Do statistics scare you to death? A new Rollins course uses athletes as an avenue to understand complicated mathematical concepts.
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Students explore the town of Eatonville and the life of Zora Neale Hurston.Students explore the town of Eatonville and the life of Zora Neale Hurston.
Photo by Scott Cook.

American Dreams & Nightmares in 20th-Century Literature

First-year students study how culture and context influence our values, fears, and aspirations while quite literally tracing the steps of a local icon who forged her own version of the American dream.
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Economics professor Phil Kozel sporting his "Surrender the Booty" T-shirt.Economics professor Phil Kozel sporting his "Surrender the Booty" T-shirt.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Mysteries and Marvels of Piracy

Examining the social and economic impacts of pirates throughout time—from Blackbeard to black-market bit streamers.
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Students give presentations about incarceration and inequality.Students give presentations about incarceration and inequality.
Scott Cook

Incarceration and Inequality

Rollins students examine how well our country actually guarantees equal justice under the law.
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Students learn about the science of food in a chemistry class.Students learn about the science of food in a chemistry class.
Photo by Scott Cook.

The Science of Sustenance

From finding just the right recipe for baking chocolate-chip cookies to discovering why an avocado turns brown when sliced, this class serves up an equal dose of hands-on fun and practical knowledge.
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Students dressed up as zombies on campus.Students dressed up as zombies on campus.
Photo by Scott Cook.

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.
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Student dressed up as her spirit animal that she created in art class.Student dressed up as her spirit animal that she created in art class.
Photo by Scott Cook.

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.
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Pre-screening discusses between faculty and students at the Global Peace Film Festival.Pre-screening discusses between faculty and students at the Global Peace Film Festival.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Global Peace Film Festival

Before the annual Global Peace Film Festival kicked off this fall, Rollins students worked behind the scenes to make the event a success—all while studying the films’ social messages.
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Students and English professor Jana Mathews exploring Medieval Times.Students and English professor Jana Mathews exploring Medieval Times.

Dungeons & Dragons

From The Hobbit to Medieval Times, a course explores the fact and fiction of the Middle Ages.
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Political science professor Joan Davison speaking to her Globalization class.Political science professor Joan Davison speaking to her Globalization class.
Photo by Luke Woodling ’17MBA.

Globalization

First-year students eager to dive into college get a crash course in how the world works and how they can be part of changing the narrative.
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Students learn networking techniques in Job Market Boot Camp.Students learn networking techniques in Job Market Boot Camp.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Job Market Boot Camp

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