Major and Minor in Sociology

Why study sociology at Roanoke?

  • Find connections. Faculty strive to help students make meaningful connections across the curriculum according to their interests. 
  • Make it relevant. Sociology students enact skills learned in the classroom through internships, service learning, grant writing and research projects.
  • 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.

Explore sociology firsthand

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


Service Learning


Washington Semester 

What's next?

Aspire. Roanoke grads have continued to advanced studies in such fields as sociology, social work, law, medicine, urban studies and public health. Learn more. 

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

Program requirements

Departmental Honors

Sociology majors may apply for honors in the major and receive the designation, "Honors in Sociology" on the diploma by completing a significant honors project and by meeting the following standards:

The student must have at least a 3.4 grade point average in the major both at the time of application for honors work and at the time of graduation.

Sociology Major Honors Application