Real-world Learning

Senior Thesis

The Senior Thesis is the culminating work of students majoring in Religion, Philosophy, or Theology and the goal is for students to produce a paper of high quality and distinction.

Summer Scholars

The Summer Scholars Program at Roanoke College is a grant program that enables qualified students to conduct intensive, independent research for eight to twelve weeks during the summer.

Independent Studies & Independent Research

Independent studies provide students with a practical application of their particular majors or more specialized study in a particular area.

Ethics Bowl

The Ethics Bowl is a state-wide contest where students compete in giving solutions to ethical dilemmas presented in case studies.

Zeno Contest

The Zeno Contest is a critical thinking contest sponsored by the Religion and Philosophy Department every year in the first part of the spring semester.

Undergraduate Research Assistants Program (URAP)

URAP is a program unique to Roanoke College where students work as research assistants with a member of the Roanoke College faculty on an original research project of interest to both the URAP scholar and to the faculty mentor.

May Term

May Term is approximately a three week period during which students can participate in a wide array of Intensive Learning opportunities, including travel courses as well as on-campus courses.

Semester Abroad in Slovakia

Through a special relationship with the University of Žilina in Slovakia near Poland, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, Roanoke College students can take four courses plus an internship in English.

Study Abroad

Roanoke College offers many study abroad programs that allow students to earn academic credit while outside the United States.


Many students expand their knowledge and skill sets through internship experiences off campus.