Learning Firsthand - History
Many students expand their knowledge and skill sets in the field of applied history through internship experiences off campus.
Students have a unique opportunity to study literature, history, and society during the summer at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford in England.
History majors have the opportunity to receive experience with publishing in the book review office for this prestigious academic publication.
Students participate in simulated civil war exercises and frequent role-playing experiments in many courses. They also help coordinate and implement the College's annual Founders Day celebrations.
History majors have the opportunity to study in Wittenberg, Germany with Dr. Rob Willingham from Roanoke College, and other German professors. The program will examine the experience of modern Germany from the Lutheran Reformation to the reunification of Germany after the opening of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
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.
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.
Qualified students may apply for honors in the major by completing an honors project consisting of a program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation, or performance.
Every year the History department hires approximately ten students to serve as assistants for the department at large and individual faculty members. The duties of our student assistants range from clerical support to assisting with historical society events and other official department receptions.
Independent studies provide students with a practical application of their particular majors or more specialized study in a particular area.
Roanoke College offers many study abroad programs that allow students to earn academic credit while outside the United States.
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.
“I try really hard to bring my research into the class,” says Willingham. “We’re actually expected to do research and teach at Roanoke. I’m expected to back up what I teach with a degree of scholarly expertise.”