Rollins Foundations in the Liberal Arts

21st-century problems can’t be solved in isolation. A liberal arts education at Rollins empowers students to make connections across multiple perspectives and to anticipate an increasingly global future.
A Rollins College education

A Rollins College education

The pillars of a Rollins education: the focused study in a major and building competencies through Foundations courses.

Empowering students to make connections across perspectives and to anticipate an increasingly global future.


At Rollins, our mission is to educate students for global citizenship and responsible leadership. These qualities are forged in an intellectual community, in spaces where professors lead students to encounter new ways of thinking, to place things in context, and to construct a critical conversation through research and original analysis.

As students rise in the Foundations program, they take five linked seminars, gaining different disciplinary lenses to examine:

Cultural Collision Enduring Questions
Environments Identities

Where a major will give students depth in a field, their foundations seminars demonstrate that the global problems of the day cannot be solved within a single frame. The Rollins students who will become responsible leaders in our world will bring an ability to make surprising connections and think across barriers.

It’s no coincidence that the skills students develop in their foundations seminars are exactly what employers say they want from new hires —the skills to communicate, solve problems, and collaborate. That’s the second half of the mission: global citizenship and responsible leadership, meaningful lives and productive careers. The Foundations program prepares Rollins students to create innovating, thriving communities in the world.

How does rFLA work?

There are 11 requirements:

1 Rollins College Conference course Learn More

5 competencies courses (One course in each of these four areas: foreign languages, health and wellness, mathematical thinking, writing, and ethical reasoning) Learn More

5 Foundations seminars which fall under the five themes in four disciplines  Learn More

How to navigate the program Learn More