Mar 30, 2023  
2017-18 College of Liberal Arts 
2017-18 College of Liberal Arts [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

AB Degree Requirements

To earn the Artium Baccalaureus (A.B.) Degree Requirements students must complete a minimum of 140 credits, earn a minimum major and cumulative GPA of 2.00, fulfill the college’s residency and Rollins Foundations for the Liberal Arts requirments as follows.

Complete all of the following:

1. Rollins Foundations in the Liberal Arts (rFLA)

rFLA   has three components: the Rollins College Conference (RCC), Competencies, and Neighborhoods.  Students complete the rFLA graduation requirement as follows:


Detailed rFLA information here  .

Rollins College Conference (RCC)

All first-year students enroll in an RCC during the Fall semester. Most students live in the same residence hall as their RCC classmates as part of the Living Learning Community program. The RCC is an interactive seminar class on a broad range of topics. Professors are drawn from all academic disciplines encompassing the arts, the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Throughout the first semester, the RCC professor joins students in educational activities and co-curricular experiences that supplement and enhance the course. Upper-class peer mentors assist in the RCC and help first-year students with the transition to academics and life at the College. The faculty member teaching this seminar course also serves as the student’s faculty advisor during their first year.

The RCC is not a prerequisite for any other course at Rollins, so students may advance if they fail their RCC course. However, no RCC may be taken for credit/no credit, so the grade earned in the RCC course will appear on the student’s transcript.

The Competencies

Foreign Language (FCMP)

Health and Wellness (BCMP)

Mathematical Thinking (MCMP)

Writing (WCMP-satisfied with ENG 140)

A minimum grade of C- is required for BCMP, FCMP and MCMP; a minimum grade of C is required for WCMP.

The Neighborhoods

To be eligible for a Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete five (5) courses from one (1) specific Neighborhood (see descriptions below). Neighborhood courses are appropriately designated in the Course Schedule published each semester by the Office of the Registrar.

Students may take one (1) neighborhood course from another neighborhood, excepting the neighborhood practicum, which must be taken in their neighborhood. Students may double-count one (1) neighborhood course toward their major.

Students may complete neighborhood courses and thus advance in the neighborhood by achieving a C- or better in neighborhood courses. The Director of rFLA may approve courses taken at regionally accredited institutions of higher education other than Rollins for neighborhood credit.

Students will select their neighborhood during the Fall semester of their first year. In the spring of their first year they will take their first neighborhood class at the 100-level. Subsequently, students must take three (3) classes at the intermediate 200-level. To complete the neighborhood, students must take the neighborhood practicum at the 300-level. The mathematical thinking and writing competencies must be completed BEFORE the student enrolls in the practicum. Students should complete the foreign language competency before enrolling in the practicum, but may be co-enrolled if necessary.

The Neighborhoods (Transfer Students)

Students entering Rollins with an AA degree from any accredited school in the United States will not have to complete any rFLA requirements except RCC 200.

Students entering Rollins with fewer than thirty (30) transferred credit hours must complete the entire rFLA curriculum including RCC 100.

Students entering Rollins with thirty (30) or more transferred credit hours BUT without an AA degree must take five (5) courses: a two-credit transfer RCC 200; a two-credit 100-level neighborhood class that will introduce them to all four neighborhoods, rFLA 100; two (2) 200-level neighborhood class; and the neighborhood practicum (300-level) class. They must fulfill the competency requirements either with transfer credits or Rollins courses. The Director of rFLA may approve courses taken at regionally accredited institutions of higher education other than Rollins for neighborhood credit.

2. Complete a minimum of 140 credits

3. Complete the requirements for at least one major

Students must satisfactorily fulfill the requirements of an established major or the plan of study of a self-designed major. Department chairs or program coordinators must approve course substitutions within the major. In addition, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (‘C’) in the courses approved for the major.

A declaration of major must be filed in the Registrar’s Office prior to registration for the junior year. Students who do not file declarations of major will not be allowed to register for subsequent terms.

Majors are noted on a student’s official academic transcript, but not on the diploma.

4. Satisfy Residency Requirement

Once admitted to full-time degree status in the College of Liberal Arts, students must complete at least seventy (70) semester hours in the College (including Rollins or Rollins-affiliated off-campus courses, and approved Hamilton Holt School courses). Moreover, students must be enrolled full-time in the College of Liberal Arts during the last two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summer terms).