Through the Hamilton Holt School, Rollins College extends quality education to students who prefer the flexibility of part- or full-time study and the convenience of late-afternoon, evening, and weekend classes. The courses and programs of study are designed to meet the interests and needs of professionals and other adult learners.
The Rollins College liberal arts curriculum is designed to develop and refine analytical and critical skills. Small classes permit an active learning experience stressing problem-solving and organizational abilities. Students learn how to express and defend reasoned points of view both orally and in writing.
Students may either study for a bachelor of arts degree or take courses for career development and personal enrichment. Students will be held responsible for requirements that are in effect at the date of entrance into the Holt School. If students do not attend for a period of two years or more, they will be held responsible for the requirements in effect at the time of their reentry.
Master’s degree programs available through the Hamilton Holt School are described in separate graduate publications.
Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
To be eligible for the bachelor of arts degree a student must complete the following requirements:
General Education Requirements
Students need both breadth and depth in their learning experience. By majoring in at least one area of knowledge, students gain the depth necessary for disciplinary expertise. The general education curriculum at Rollins College exposes students to varied perspectives and domains of knowledge, fosters critical thinking, and encourages students to consider the ways various areas of knowledge may reinforce and enrich each other.
The College of Liberal Arts faculty identified a set of core competencies within the general education program:
1. To obtain knowledge of the distinctive methodologies and subject matter of the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
2. Ability to read, think, write, and speak critically and analytically.
3. Ability to identify and articulate ethical dimensions of a personal or social issue
The Hamilton Holt General Education consists of 10 courses to be completed as follows:
I. All Hamilton Holt students are required to complete ENGW 280 Writing in the Liberal Arts , within the first four courses at Rollins and INT 200 Introduction to Liberal Studies , within the first six courses at Rollins.
II. Distributive Course General Education Requirement (8 courses required). Complete sections A and B as follows. A. One course in each of the following areas: Expressive Arts (HART), Literature (HLIT), Scientific Perspective (HSCI), Quantitative Thinking (HQT) Written Communication (HWRT), and B. complete three courses (one from each area) in Global Citizenship (HGC) and Responsible Leadership and Civic Knowledge (HLCK). Students who have completed an associate of arts degree (AA) are exempt from the distributive general education requirements.
A. Take 1 course in each of the following areas
Expressive Arts (HART)
Scientific Perspective (HSCI)
Quantitative Thinking (HQT)
Written Communication (HWRT)
B. Take 3 courses, at least 1 in each of the 2 following categories
Global Citizenship (HGC)
Responsible Leadership and Civic Knowledge (HLCK)
The following double-counting restrictions apply:
- Courses designated to meet two general education or institutional requirements may be used to satisfy one or the other, but not both, requirements.
- No more than 3 general education courses may be taken in a single prefix.
- Students may double count up to 3 courses between general education requirements and their major/minor.
General Education Descriptions
INT 200, Introduction to the Liberal Arts
A liberal arts education offers the best preparation for graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers. Through interdisciplinary study and community engagement, this course will help new students to understand the critical thinking skills central to an applied liberal arts education. This requirement is fulfilled by completing INT 200 Introduction to the Liberal Arts, which is required during the first six courses at Rollins.
ENGW 280, Writing in the Liberal Arts.
Reinforces skills in writing, rhetoric, and research through in-depth writing projects. Assignments will ask students to consider how they, as writers, can influence public debate and move readers. Students will better understand the complexities of the writing process and be able to reflect on how writing can enrich their academic, civic, and professional lives.
Expressive Arts (HART) Artistic creation is a central and enduring activity in all cultures. The arts attest to the fundamental human need for self-expression and for the transformation of human experience into lasting symbolic form. Furthermore, the great diversity of art forms across cultures is evidence of the degree to which human experience, while shared, is also culturally determined. Expressive arts classes provide students with an appreciation for aesthetic experience by teaching the skills necessary for individual aesthetic expression or by focusing on acquiring a critical vocabulary with which to articulate aesthetic experience, or both, depending on the discipline. The expressive arts thus encompass both primary aspects of artistic creation: its practice and its scholarly study.
Global Citizenship (HGC)
Global citizens see individuals and systems as fundamentally interdependent. By analyzing a global culture, students will better understand how societies differ from each other, how our lives are shaped by our cultural beliefs, and how awareness of self and other can produce intercultural competence. They will also understand that culture is not an arbitrary construct, but rather consists of systems =of beliefs and institutions that typically serve some purpose. Global citizenship is the idea that all people have rights and civic responsibilities and global education is foundational to effective participation. Note: Students following the Hamilton Holt General Education requirements in effect prior to Fall 2019-20, may use the GC designation to count for the ‘C’ requirement.
Responsible Leadership & Civic Knowledge (HLCK)
Civic knowledge and responsibility exist when people work to make a difference in the civic life of their communities and develop the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. These practices are grounded in an education that emphasizes ethical decision making and knowledge of contexts: historical, social, scientific, political, and cultural.
Literature (HLIT) The literature requirement seeks to develop lifelong readers sensitive to the richness of literary texts and to the pleasure of exploring that richness. In support of this goal, the LIT requirement develops students’ ability to discover and articulate the ways in which literature imaginatively reflects the human condition.
Scientific Perspective (HSCI) Humans live in and are part of the natural world. Our survival and success depends on our ability to understand, draw sustenance from, and sustain this world. These courses focus on understanding the nature of science: its discovery process, the scientific method, and the historical sequence leading to major discoveries. Where possible, these courses discuss the social context of the science courses, and give examples of the interplay between science and society. A laboratory experience is required.
Quantitative Thinking (HQT) Quantitative methods have become increasingly important in the natural and social sciences, business, government, and in many other activities that directly affect our lives. Furthermore, with the advent of fast computers with huge storage capabilities, it has become possible to collect, process, and disseminate large amounts of data. Playing an active role in the decision-making that shapes our society requires us to be able to interpret, analyze, and draw sound conclusions from the standard representations of data.
Written Communication (HWRT)
The communication of ideas, information, poetry, stories, intent, and even culture itself has been dependent on the ability of humans to effectively store facts and convert thoughts to written language. The ability to communicate ideas and information in writing is at the core of a liberal arts education and is essential for active citizenship. In covering both academic and (to a lesser degree) familiar writing, the W course focuses on understanding rhetorical strategies. Students will read the texts of others and learn to shape their own meanings by writing and editing a variety of forms.
The last 48 hours (twelve full-credit courses) for the bachelor of arts degree must be taken at Rollins College Hamilton Holt School. At least one-fourth of a student’s major and minor courses must be taken at Rollins.
Students must complete a minimum of 140 semester hours of academic work, at least 35 of which must be at the upper-division (300-400) level. Lower-level transfer courses may not be substituted for upper-division requirements unless approved by the appropriate academic department. Students may be required to take a number of overall elective courses in order to meet the semester-hour or upper-division requirement. A minimum of 16 semester hours must be from courses not used to meet either a general education or major requirement.
Students must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 (“C”) for all courses taken at Rollins and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 for all courses taken to fulfill major and minor requirements.
Students must satisfactorily complete the courses required for a major. The number of courses required varies between 10 and 17. Minors, consisting of six (6) to eight (8) courses, are optional. Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 (“C”) in the courses approved for the major and minor as accepted on the senior audit.
Self-Designed Majors are intended for disciplined and highly motivated students who are clearly focused in their interests. These majors reflect the College’s recognition that not every student’s area of special interest will always fall neatly within the bounds of a single discipline as traditionally defined.
The Self-Designed Major is not intended as a way for a student to avoid the intellectual focus and methodological rigor required in the normal departmental major or to avoid certain difficult courses within majors. It should not be used to concentrate work in a narrowly pre-professional way. On the contrary, by successfully completing the courses and integrative research project that constitute the Self-Designed Major, the student is expected to achieve a depth of focused reflection and understanding at least comparable to that of a traditional major.
Guidelines for Submission of a Self-Designed Major Proposal
- Students proposing a self-designed major must have a grade point average of 3.33 or better.
- The proposal must include the names of three faculty members willing to serve on the senior research project committee. The faculty must represent the three disciplines represented in the major. The student must select a director, from among these three, who works with the student and the other committee members in preparing the proposal. The director also serves as an advocate in the approval process. Once the proposal has been approved, the director serves as the student’s academic advisor, monitors the student’s progress in completing the major, and chairs the committee that reviews the senior research project.
- The proposed major program must have a coherent theme or topic that integrates at least three traditional disciplines. It must be different enough from a regular major that some combination of major and minor would not substantially achieve the same result. The student must include a rationale for choosing a self-designed major rather than a conventional major.
- The proposal must include a list of courses, all related to and converging on the theme of the proposed major, from at least three disciplines.
- The major must include a two-term, eight-semester-hour independent research project, (or combination of a four-semester-hour upper-level seminar and a one-term, four-semester-hour research project) integrating the major, to be completed in the senior year.
- The program must be at least 64 semester hours (including the senior project) in length, of which 32 semester hours must be at the 300 level or above.
The proposal must be submitted to the Director of Student Services at the Hamilton Holt School for approval by September 1, for fall consideration, or by February 1, for spring consideration. (Proposals received during the summer term will be held for fall consideration.) The director then submits the proposal to the Academic Affairs Committee for final approval. An Amendment Form must be submitted to approve any changes from the original proposal.
Declaring a Major
Selection of a major does not imply a career choice. Concentration in a major field of study is designed to give a student command of the content and methods of one discipline or field, acquaintance with recognized authorities in the field, and general competence in dealing with sources of research or analysis. A decision as to a declaration of major is strongly encouraged by the second term of the sophomore year.
Students who withdraw from Rollins and return after two or more years may be required to follow any curricular policies in effect at the time of their return.
Double Counting of Classes for Majors and Minors
If students are enrolled in more than one major or minor, they may double count no more than half the number of courses in the smaller program. If the smaller program requires an odd number of courses, the student may round up. No course may be counted for more than two programs.
Responsibility for Requirements
A student is responsible for becoming familiar with and meeting all graduation requirements listed in the Holt School academic catalog. Academic advisors assist in this process, but it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to ensure that all necessary requirements have been met. Questions concerning the requirements should be addressed to an academic advisor.
Special Curricular Opportunities
Independent studies, classified as either research or internship, offer students an opportunity for specialized study meant to encourage intellectual curiosity, initiative, and sustained effort. An independent study cannot normally duplicate a course that is regularly offered.
Students may apply no more than three independent study (research and/or internship) courses to the bachelor’s degree, of which no more than two may be internships. No more than two independent studies may be within one’s major or minor area of study. Independent studies may not be used to fulfill major/minor core or general education requirements.
To qualify, students already must have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to do the research. This implies that the research is in the major (or in a closely allied field) and that students have achieved junior or senior status. Such projects usually involve original research with primary materials or original work in the laboratory or studio.
The purpose of the approval process is to ensure that independent studies are compatible with the philosophy and overall nature of the entire curriculum and to give the student adequate time to formulate a well-defined study before the beginning of the term in which the study will be conducted.
The deadline dates are published in each term schedule of courses and are strictly enforced. Students are responsible for completing the project proposal form, signing the form, obtaining the signatures of the faculty sponsor and the academic department chair, and returning the final, completed proposal form to the Holt School prior to the deadline. The Holt School will not accept incomplete forms. An authorized original copy of the independent study form is required prior to registration.
Please note that some academic departments have departmental expectations relevant to independent studies and internships that may include earlier submission or approval deadlines. Students will be held responsible for these expectations.
In order to be eligible for the Academic Internship Program (AIP), a student must have earned a minimum of 30 (thirty) semester hours of credit and successfully completed one (1) semester in the Hamilton Holt School. In addition, students may not be on academic or judicial probation during the semester in which they are enrolled for the internship. Students may enroll in one (1) academic internship per semester, and a maximum of four (4) semester hours of credit may be earned for any internship in a single semester. A student who completes the same internship multiple terms may only receive academic credit for that internship during one (1) term. A maximum of 8 (eight) semester hours of internship credit may be applied towards graduation. Appeals to these academic policies should be submitted in writing to the Holt Student Appeals Committee.
Students may register to earn 2, 3 or 4 semester hours of credit for an internship, which will require at least 80, 120 or 160 work hours respectively at the internship site. Each credit hour requires a minimum of 40 hours of work at the internship site within the dates of the semester. Academic credit cannot be granted retroactively for an internship that has already been started or completed.
Fall and spring internships for credit must be completed within the dates of the semester as listed on the Rollins academic calendar. Summer internships for credit must be completed within a 9-week semester (dates to be determined by internship instructor).
For additional information and registration instructions students may contact the Center for Career and Life Planning, 407-646-2195, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site: http://www.rollins.edu/career-life-planning/index.html
Second Bachelor’s Degree
The admission requirements for students seeking a second bachelor’s degree differ from first degree requirements in that they are based upon selective rather than performance criteria.
Candidates for a second bachelor’s degree must have the approval of an academic advisor, Registrar and the Dean of Hamilton Holt. Approval of admissions for a second degree will be based on the following criteria:
- A student should have obtained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in his or her first bachelor’s degree.
- The intended major of the second degree should be clearly different and distinct from the major of the first degree as determined by the Dean of Hamilton Holt.
To earn a second bachelor’s degree graduates must complete the major course of study as approved by the Dean, complete a minimum of forty-eight (48) semester hours at Rollins and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 at all times