Majors, Minors & Concentrations

We offer a psychology, a B.S. in psychology, a minor in psychology and concentrations in human development and neuroscience.

About the program

Ranked as one of 35 "great schools for psychology" by The Princeton Review, Roanoke College's psychology department focuses on this subject as a science. The small class size enables the department to offer top-notch training in research, analysis and other scientific skills that is often absent at large universities. Every psychology major, for example, learns firsthand how to conduct an experimental study. Many students go on to carry out independent research projects and present their findings at regional and national conferences. These experiences are invaluable for students to be accepted into graduate school.

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Why study psychology at Roanoke?

  • Explore a wide range of courses. We offer an interesting variety of courses including child & adolescent development, creative thinking and problem solving, evolutionary psychology, and neuroscience.
  • A solid foundation for life. Our student psychology majors graduate well prepared to enter challenging careers. More than 90 percent of graduates surveyed receive job offers or an acceptance to graduate school within six months of graduation. Students bound for graduate, medical, and other professional schools leave Roanoke with a high level of research and critical thinking experience.
  • Gain firsthand research experience. The psychology department at Roanoke College offers exceptional training in research, analysis, and other scientific skills that is often absent at large universities. All psychology majors design and conduct their own experiments.
  • Gain work experience in the field. Many of our majors participate in internships. Students intern in community agencies, schools, hospitals, clinics and other businesses relevant to the field of psychology.

Real-world Learning

There are many opportunities for Roanoke psychology majors to gain firsthand experience that will qualify them for careers and graduate school.

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Roanoke Faculty Create Band

Roanoke Faculty Create Band

Between faculty meetings and finals, Drs. Maina, Buchholz and Grant find time to march to the beat of their own drums after creating a faculty band last fall. None of the aforementioned faculty can be found in the music department, but these three still know how to perform for a crowd.

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Welcome to our newest faculty member, Associate Professor Darcey Powell!

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