Sociology and Public Health

Department of Sociology and Public Health:

Majors, Minors, and Concentrations


Public Health Studies

Roanoke Students in TurkeyAnthropology

Gender and Women's Studies

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

Explore sociology and public health firsthand

There are many opportunities for firsthand learning in the department:

Click here for a current list of departmental co-curricular activities

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 and public health 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.

Anti-Racism Resources

Click here for a list of anti-racism resources developed by the Sociology Department faculty.

Elderscholar Program

The Elderscholar Program is in its 37th year of offering lectures for adults 55 and older. The program features Roanoke College faculty and guests speaking on areas of their expertise. This fall, the program will be both in-person and virtual. Participants can choose to attend the live lecture with lunch afterwards, or watch live with Zoom from the safety and comfort of their home.  Registration is required. 

Learn more

Date | Time: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 12:00 PM
Location: Live: Colket Center Ballroom & Virtual: Zoom Webinar