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

    Student researchers contribute to the Genealogy of Slavery

    Six students conducted in-depth research to help build a database of information about enslaved people who lived in Southwest Virginia before and during the Civil War.

    Roanoke featured in The Princeton Review’s “Best 388 Colleges for 2023”

    For the first time, Roanoke is on the Best Athletic Facilities list and Best College Radio Station list. Roanoke is again on the list of Great Schools for Business/Finance Majors, Great Schools for Computer Science/Computer Engineering Majors and Great Schools for Psychology Majors.

    Class of 2022 includes a record five valedictorians and two salutatorians

    The seven valedictorians and salutatorians hail from five different states and earned degrees in 10 different majors. Six of the seven are members of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society.

    Roanoke College student named a 2022 Key into Public Service Scholar

    James Suleyman is one of just 20 students selected nationwide. The program connects arts and sciences students with Phi Beta Kappa scholarship and public sector opportunities.