Choose Your Neighborhood

For the first time in 35 years, Rollins has made a major change to the curriculum.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook)

The new curriculum, called Rollins Foundations in the Liberal Arts (rFLA), is still dedicated to a liberal arts tradition, but with a new focus on developing stronger connections between various disciplines and building a stronger sense of community on campus.

That’s because rFLA enables students to build a community together as they pursue courses linked by academic themes, called Neighborhoods. Sure, Neighborhoods can be thought of like the house system at Hogwarts: There are four of them, a big induction ceremony is held each year, and students participate in social activities and can earn points for their team. However, that’s where the similarities end. First of all, students choose their Neighborhood (so no Sorting Hat, fun as that would be). And each Neighborhood is defined by a larger theme, such as identity or cultural differences, rather than a student’s values, such as courage or intelligence (go Ravenclaw!)

The curriculum launched this spring with 29 new courses—the most ever in a single semester. So, if you were a current student, which Neighborhood would you choose?