Rollins Foundations in the Liberal Arts


Develop your creative skills and build the world of tomorrow. Investigate innovation and creativity across the centuries in all their forms, including science, philosophy, art, and entrepreneurship. Live and work as creative citizens by bringing positive changes to your global and local communities. Test the boundaries, push conventions, and devise new ways of living in a rapidly changing world.
Flex Your Creative Muscles

Flex Your Creative Muscles

Test boundaries, push conventions, and devise new ways of thinking about and living in this rapidly changing world. Watch preview video to learn more about this neighborhood.

Fall 2019 - Innovation Themed Courses

Expressive Arts Courses

Expressive Arts Courses

200 level

Instructor: Dawn Roe

Course Title: Conceptual Documentary Practice
Course Number: RFLA 200A 03-CRN#90390
Offered: T 8:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Themes: Identity, Innovation

Course Description:
This CE course offers students an opportunity to work with members of the Hannibal Square community by producing a series of documentary-style images that reflect upon the impact of gentrification within the neighborhood. Students will consider the ethical implications inherent to photographic projects concerned with the politics of representation. Course Fee $50.

Instructor: Rachel Simmons

Course Title: The Power of Print_CE
Course Number: RFLA 200A 06-CRN#90393
Offered: TR 9:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.

Themes: Identity/Innovation

Course Description: 
Explore the history and practice of printmaking as a tool for communicating new ideas across cultures. From early Chinese writing to Gutenberg's movable type, to 1970's protest posters, the ability to share printed information has been instrumental in human expression. Create your own revolution through the power of print. CE course. $ 50-course fee.

Humanities Courses

Humanities Courses

200 level

Instructor: Emily Russell

Course Title:  Body Snatchers: Lit & Medicine
Course Number: RFLA 200H 02-CRN#90406
Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45
Themes: Innovation/Enduring Questions

Course Description: In this course, we will examine the ways that storytelling and medicine have shaped each other. For centuries, literature and visual culture have snatched from medicine thrilling or moving stories of death, illness, and god-like doctors. More recently, developments called “the medical humanities” or “narrative medicine” have infiltrated medical training; in this field, doctors read novels and are encouraged to write stories themselves in order to more fully connect with their patients’ humanity. This fall, we will explore both of these intersections to ask what reading fiction might bring to medicine and what the universal experience of having a body—a body that gets sick and will die—brings to the study of literature.

Instructor: Brian Mosby

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

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.

300 level courses

300 level

Course Instructor: Julia Maskivker

Course Title: Social Justice and Ethics
Course Number: RFLA 300 01-CRN#90703
Offered: MWF 12:00 - 12:50
Theme: Enduring Questions/Innovation

Course Description: This course will review some of the most heated ethical and constitutional issues in modern times. Examples include the ethics of abortion, the death penalty, immigration, and pornography among others.

300 level

Course Instructor:  Nadia Garzon

Course Title:  Changing the World: Arts, Community, and Activism_CE
Course Number: RFLA 300 08 - CRN#90428
Offered: T
,R 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Theme: Enduring Questions/Innovation

Course Description: This CE course actively explores the use of performing and visual arts in activism and social change. Students will develop and execute a Community Arts project with a community organization. Students will do on-site work (this means you will work outside of class hours with a community partner) and will prepare in class, by doing research and activities related to their chosen project.  

300 level

Instructor: Susan Lackman

Course Title: Cracking the Tower of Babel
Course Number: RFLA 300 11- CRN #90687
Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45
Themes: Cultural Collision/Innovation

Course Description: A truism is false: Music is NOT a universal language. Music and language are artifacts of specific cultures, influenced by materials and more. Yet, some instruments travel thousands of miles to be adopted by other cultures, and some people create instruments that duplicate those on the other side of the globe. Explore how creativity and innovation elevate society.