The Department of Public Affairs
The Department of Public Affairs offers programs devoted to developing each student's ability to think critically and apply their knowledge of politics, governance, and responsible citizenship in practical settings ranging from the local to the global. For specific requirements, see the Curriculum page. Visit these links for general information on the programs and where they can take you after graduation:
Areas of faculty teaching and research expertise include American public policy, American and Western political theory, Asian American studies, constitutional law, culture, the death penalty, environmental diplomacy, gun control and policy, mass media polling, political networks, politics and the imagination, race, and Ugandan politics.
The Washington Semester Program is for students interested in gaining experience and contacts in our nation's capital. Recent placements have included the White House, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Congress as well as judicial offices, law offices and various interest groups and service agencies. The program also includes coursework in Washington. See Washington Semester or contact Dr. Todd Peppers for specifics about applying.
Our department hosts the Henry H. Fowler Program, which brings both nationally and internationally renowned speakers to campus and supports students with interests in public policy.
The Roanoke College Institute for Policy and Opinion research is housed in the Public Affairs Department. Dr. Harry Wilson directs the institute.
The Turk Pre-Law Program provides students interested in careers in the law with opportunities for shadowing, internships, and advising to help them reach their goals.
Roanoke in Leipzig ONLY IN FALL 2021: Dr. Mihalache-O’Keef will lead the Leipzig Semester Program in Fall 2021 and will offer two International Relations / Political Science courses. “Europe in transition: The EU, democracy, and citizenship” and “Heritage: The politics of culture, nature, and sustainability.” The classes will integrate visits to UNESCO Environmental and Cultural Heritage Sites and to political organizations and institutions in and outside Leipzig. German language skills are neither required nor expected. The Leipzig Semester Program is offered every Fall, for students interested in taking classes in the Roanoke College style, while immersed in German society and culture. The courses offered change depending on the faculty member leading the program, ranging from history and literature to politics. More information is available on the program page or from Dr. Mihalache-O’Keef (firstname.lastname@example.org). Just in case it doesn’t transfer properly, the link to the Leipzig program I used in the text above is : https://www.roanoke.edu/inside/a-z_index/international_education/study_abroad/roanoke_in_leipzig_germany
Students can get involved outside of the classroom and connect with students who have similar interests through many campus organizations that are relevant to Public Affairs students., including honorary societies.
- Public Affairs Society
- Amnesty International
- Model United Nations Club
- Pi Sigma Alpha, the honor society for Political Science students
- Alpha Phi Sigma, the honor society for Criminal Justice students
- Sigma Iota Rho, the honor society for International Relations students