Real-world Learning

Students in sociology classes have a variety of opportunities to learn firsthand about our society and the world.

Service Learning

Some sociology classes incorporate optional community service projects in lieu of traditional research papers.

Field Trips

Several sociology classes use experiential learning techniques including field trips.

Partnership with Earthbound

The sociology department has built a strong connection to and supports the student organization Earthbound, which is committed to environmental awareness including promoting recycling and energy conservation.

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.

Washington Semester

Students live and work in the Nation's Capital. They take two one-unit academic courses and a two unit internship in the office of a member of Congress, a government agency or a non-profit organization, or in other challenging positions.

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.

Independent Study

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

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.

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.

"Nature and Culture" Journal

Roanoke College serves as the book review office for this international academic publication. There are opportunities for sociology and environmental studies students to receive experience with publishing.