Department of Sociology:

Majors, Minors, and Concentrations


Public Health Studies


Gender and Women's Studies

Roanoke College offers a major and minor in  sociology  and public health studies , and concentrations in  anthropologygender and women's studies  and  crime, deviance, and social control .

Explore sociology firsthand

There are many opportunities for  firsthand learning in the sociology major:

Employment and Graduate Study Outcomes

Ninety-one percent of those who participated in the alumni survey indicated receiving job offers or an acceptance to graduate school within six months of graduation. Examples of recent graduate schools sociology graduates have attended include the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and the University of North Carolina.  Learn more.

Faculty Expertise

Work with experts. The sociology department's small class size and many opportunities for independent research ensure that students receive one-on-one attention and develop strong working relationships with faculty. Areas of expertise include political sociology, race and ethnicity, cultural anthropology, juvenile interventions, comparative historical sociology, service learning, dating patterns, medical anthropology, community development, gender, medical sociology, environmental sociology, religion, and food and culture.  Meet our faculty

Crowdfunding for Summer Scholars

This year, we are crowdfunding to help support Summer Scholars. Our hope is to grow the program and provide student researchers with additional support for their projects. Find out more here. 

A lecture by Dr. E. Patrick Johnson: Are We Not Family? Sexuality, Citizenship, and Politics in the New Black South

In this keynote address, Johnson will provide some historical context for why homosexuality is taboo in black communities in the South and sometimes considered as outside the black “family.”

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Date | Time: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Location: Logan Gallery, Bank Building

Put A Little Honey in My Sweet Tea: A Performance by Dr. E. Patrick Johnson

This dramatic reading is based on the oral histories collected in Johnson's groundbreaking books, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South--An Oral History and Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History.

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Date | Time: Thursday, October 03, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Location: TBD