The sociology major with the highest overall cumulative grade point average at the completion of the junior year is designated the Senior Scholar. To qualify, students must have at least a 3.2 cumulative academic average and must have completed at least 27 units of credit, at least 18 of which must have been earned at Roanoke College. Special recognition is given to the Senior Scholar at the spring honors banquet and at commencement.
Students classified as juniors as of October 1, who have earned a minimum of 18 course units at Roanoke College with a minimum GPA of 3.00, are awarded by the faculty a certificate of recognition as a Junior Scholar.
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.
American Sociological Association Honors Program
Attendance and participation at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (several days of activities for all undergraduate and graduate students; meeting is held in August). Students selected in competitive process. Applicants must have junior or senior standing, have a 3.5 grade point average in sociology and overall, submit a short essay, and be nominated by a faculty member. Entry: March 15.
Hoffman dispels stereotypes about drug offenders through service learning. “By being involved with the project, students develop a sense of empathy that they cannot get from a textbook,” she says.