Psychology

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Ranked as one of the top 100 "great schools for psychology" by The Princeton Review, the psychology department at Roanoke College is a friendly community that welcomes diverse people and diverse voices. We focus on psychology as a science so that students think critically about how and why people think and behave the way they do - skills and knowledge that apply to whatever jobs students do after graduation. Our small class sizes enable us to offer top-notch training in research, analysis, and other scientific skills that are often absent at large universities. Every psychology major learns firsthand how to conduct an empirical study. Many students go on to carry out independent research projects and present their findings at regional and national conferences. Each of our students engages in career exploration and preparation through one-on-one advising as well as inside of the classroom. Our goal is to help prepare our students for meaningful lives and careers of purpose.

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    Psychology majors Urecki, Tripp and Gladfelter

    Alumna heading to Nepal with Fulbright honor

    Claire Kirchoff ‘17 will teach English in a rural community.

    Roanoke featured in Princeton Review's Best 385 Colleges

    Roanoke College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review, which features Roanoke College in the just-released 2020 edition of its guide, “The Best 385 Colleges.”

    Dr. Osterman and Dr. Ackley honored with Dean’s Council awards

    Osterman’s students say she is especially responsive and challenges them to achieve. Ackley’s work has influenced local policy and community projects by encouraging healthy behaviors in young people.

    Southard honored for her diabetes advocacy

    Roanoke graduate Sally Waters Southard ‘77 received the Living and Giving Award for her service to JDRF.