Real-World Learning

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

Service Learning

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

Field Trips

Several sociology and public health classes use experiential learning techniques including field trips.

Partnership with Earthbound

The sociology and public health 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.

Intensive Learning (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. Learn more.

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.

Honors in the Major 

Qualified Sociology and Public Health majors may for honors in their major(s) by completing an honors project, which will consist of a program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation, or performance. Students who meet the criteria given below will receive the designation “Honors in (field of study)” on their diplomas.

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.

"Nature and Culture" Journal

Roanoke College serves as a host institution for this international academic publication. There are opportunities for sociology, public health, and environmental studies students to receive experience with publishing.