Political Science Major - For students desiring a strong understanding of governance, politics and responsible citizenship. Students with a political science major will be equipped to affect public policy.

Criminal Justice Major - A multidisciplinary program for students who wish to study causes, impacts and ways to control crime. Coursework focuses on civil and criminal law.

International Relations Major - A multidisciplinary program appropriate for students who have an interest in foreign politics, transnational behavior, globalization and related careers.

Watch a video about a senior Criminal Justice and Political Science Major

Get Experience Working in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Semester Program is for students interested in gaining experience and contacts in our nation's capital. Recent placements have included the White House, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Congress as well as judicial offices, law offices and various interest groups and service agencies. The program also includes coursework in Washington.

Faculty Expertise

Professors in the public affairs department hold doctorates from such prestigious universities as the American University, the University of Virginia, Rutgers University, George Washington University, University of Denver, Emory University and the New School for Social Research.

Their specific areas of expertise include gun control and policy, mass media polling, Ugandan politics, political philosophy, feminist theory, environmental diplomacy, criminal justice and constitutional law.

Student Organizations

Get involved outside of the classroom and connect with students who have similar interests. There are many campus organizations that are relevant to public affairs students, including honorary societies.

  • Public Affairs Society
  • Amnesty International
  • Model United Nations Club
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, the honor society for political science students
  • Alpha Phi Sigma, the honor society for criminal justice students
  • Sigma Iota Rho, the honor society for international relations students
Roanoke students participate in Washington Semester

Roanoke students participate in Washington Semester

Many colleges provide opportunities for students to study abroad for a semester or year, but some students choose to study at a different location in their own country. Since Roanoke became one of the founding colleges of a program in 1986, its students have been able to study and earn credit in a residential Washington, D.C. program.

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International Relations Major

Watch a video about a Roanoke College International Relations Major, Cristian Chis.


About Us

Public Affairs is located in West Hall.