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Study art history and archaeology to explore the rich visual and material legacy of cultures from ancient Egypt, Renaissance Italy and modern France. Whether in the classroom, on May Term, or studying abroad, travel to different places and times as you discover some of the most spectacular contributions to the history of civilization.

Did you know that art history and archaeology investigate art and material objects as ways to express cultural ideas, values and histories? These disciplines forge connections to people's lives through the objects they've left behind. Learn to be a savvy interpreter of the visual and material record. We'll teach you how to question the deceptively obvious and explain the ambiguous.

Art history can prepare you for careers in teaching, museums, commercial galleries, auction houses, historic preservation, publishing, filmmaking, fashion, advertising, law or the corporate world.

We offer both a major and a minor in Art History.

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With our mission and leadership, Sustainable Energy Fund is part of the global green movement. We are a global network of leading innovators and managers of innovative technologies that are working together to solve practical and technological issues that impact the global energy system. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of cutting-edge, green technologies in response to the changing demands of today’s people, businesses and the environment. We aim to play a critical role in the worldwide transition to a green economy.

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You are not required to provide SAT, ACT, AP or IB scores in order to be admitte to Roanoke College.

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Our students have gone on to grad programs at schools such as Boston University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. Recent graduates now work in a wide range of jobs from heading up research and development at PepsiCo, to acting as a forensic document examiner for the U.S. Secret Service.

We offer both a B.A. and a B.S. major as well as a minor in Chemistry, a major in Biochemistry and a concentration in medicinal chemistry.

Screen studies is designed to allow you to pursue your interests in this diverse and rapidly growing field and relate it to other fields as diverse as arts, education and marketing.

Screen studies is a new, cross-disciplinary area of study at Roanoke College, drawing on courses from literary studies, communication studies, creative writing, fine arts, history and psychology. Screen studies will provide you with knowledge of the history of cinema and other visual media. In addition, you will develop a critical toolbox to analyze form and narrative in film and in a variety of screen media.


Roanoke is known as the "Capital of the Blue Ridge," serving as the commercial, cultural, and medical center for the entire region.

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“I had to figure out a way to draw with dialogue. I am more successful in drawing comics than painting.”

Joel Gill, autor of "Strange Fruit"

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Shushok: Roanoke College 'must respond to evolving marketplace'

In an interview with Luke Weir of The Roanoke Times, President Frank Shushok talks about his new role as Roanoke's new president. 

Roanoke Summer Scholars Dive into Research

Roanoke College’s competitive Summer Scholar Program gives students hands-on research experience and poises them for post-graduation success.

A Message to the Roanoke College Community from President Frank Shushok

Take a moment to watch this video and hear President Shushok explain, in his own words, how excited he is to be of service to all of us and Roanoke College.

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Downtown Roanoke

Orientation is excited to announce the return of Downtown Roanoke! 

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Date | Time: Sunday, August 28, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Location: Roanoke City Market

Downtown Salem

Orientation is excited to introduce Downtown Salem to our new students!

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Date | Time: Monday, August 29, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Location: Clay & College Avenue


This event is for all students!

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Date | Time: Tuesday, August 30, 2022 | 10:00 AM
Location: Cregger Center Arena, Roanoke College

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Being a good philosopher does not mean having ready-made answers to these questions but having the ability to ask and answer them self-consciously, self-critically and with clarity and consistency. The philosophy program at Roanoke not only develops critical thinking, writing and communication skills, it also prepares you for challenging independent research. Combined, this skill set opens many promising tracks for graduate and professional schools.

The sociology department's small class size and many opportunities for independent research ensure that you will receive one-on-one attention and develop strong working relationships with faculty, who will strive to help you make meaningful connections across the curriculum that relate to your interests. You put skills learned in the classroom into practice through internships, service learning and research projects.

Recent grads are working in a range of positions in business, education, government, social services and law.

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