Rollins Foundations in the Liberal Arts


The earth is one interconnected system and humans play an integral role.  Discover how to have a positive impact on social, cultural, and global environments.  Gain the skills needed to identify, analyze, understand, and make sigificant changes to the environments we share and the relationships we have with science, environment, and personal responsibility
Global Change

Global Change

Examine the scientific, artistic, literary, cultural, and socioeconomic effects of our evolving world. Watch preview video to learn more about this neighborhood.

Fall 2019 - Environment Themed Courses

Instructor: Brian Mosby

Course Title: Exploring Everyday Materials   
Course Number:  RFLA 200S 02 -CRN#90415
Offered:  T R 9:30 - 10:45; Lab R 8:00 - 9:30

Themes:  Environments/ Innovation

Course Description: Exploring Everyday Materials presents a scientific approach to understanding the materials that we interact with on a regular basis. Investigation will focus on the structure, properties, performance, synthesis, and processing of common materials such as steel, paper, and concrete.

Instructor: Kathryn Sutherland

Course Title: Ecology of Environmental Issues 
Course Number: RFLA 200S 03 - CRN#90416
Offered: MWF 12:00 - 12:50 p.m.; Lab T 8:00 - 10:45

Themes:  Environments, Identity 

Course Description: The current global human population exceeds 7.6 billion.  The exponential growth of our species is triggering a global environmental crisis by depleting land and water resources essential to the sustained survival of human and wildlife populations.  This course will introduce you to the biological and ecological principles that form the basis for understanding current environmental issues: population growth, loss of species diversity, resource limitation, pollution, and global climate change.   You will be exposed to the diversity of species and habitats on Earth while learning about the role of biology and ecology in the conservation of these valuable resources.  As a global citizen, you should understand the scientific principles that underlie the conservation issues facing the world today. Through observations and analyses in the classroom, field, and laboratory, you will become equipped with the knowledge necessary to make informed lifestyle decisions that have a positive impact on the conservation of local and global environmental resources.  

Instructor: Paul Stephenson

Course Title: Wild Florida: Ecology of Florida Ecosystems
Course Number: RFLA 200S 05 - CRN#90418
Offered: MWF 12:00 - 12:50 p.m.; Lab T 8:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Themes: Cultural Collision/Environments 

Course Description: In alignment with Rollins' mission to educate students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, this course will provide students with the historical background that has shaped environmental policy in Florida for over 400 years and educate them regarding the fundamental biology and effect of human impact governing the function of these diverse ecosystems.

By the completion of this course, students will have a fundamental understanding of biology and Florida history as it pertains to Florida's ecosystems.  They will be able to describe the pressures these habitats face in the future, and the best options currently available for their preservation.  Readings and field experience will help students to better understand the complexities of our environment and the necessity of healthy ecosystems to our world, in addition to considering how they might personally benefit from conservation.

Since much of Florida's natural history is related to key plant and animal species, as well as several abiotic factors, it is important that students understand the dynamics of different ecosystems and the types of plants and animals that have evolved within them.  Particular attention is given to plants and their biology since the plants present in various ecosystems are critical to the other organisms that inhabit the system.  Note that this course includes a minimum of two mandatory weekends (one day) field trips to local ecosystems.  Saturday labs required.

300 level courses

300 level courses

300 level

Instructor: Lucy Littler

Course Title:  Racial Fictions
Course Number:  RFLA 300 03 - CRN# 90423
Offered: T
,R 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Themes:  Environments/Identity

Course Description: Is race fact or fiction? Like a novel, is "race" is designed to draw audiences in and solicit their belief in its version of the truth? Or is it more than a story? Is “race” a reality that meaningfully impacts individuals, communities, and ideologies? Rooted in the study of 20 c. American literature/culture and using multiple disciplinary lenses to enrich our examination, our course will consider these compelling questions—not only how we answer, but also the ethical implications and consequences of asking, and what we do with our developing perspectives. This course examines these questions through the following Foundations themes: Identity and Environments and satisfies the ECMP.