About the Program
The anthropology concentration offers insight into the diversity of human behavior, belief, and form -- both as they are shaped by our past and as they influence social issues today.
Why study anthropology at Roanoke?
- Ties across campus. The study of sociology, history, archeology, art history, religion, and linguistics all contribute to our understanding of anthropology. Students therefore have ample opportunity to design independent studies in anthropology around their specific interests.
- Ties across the community. The program's strong relationships with regional museums and the Virginia Department of Natural Resources allow anthropology students to engage in meaningful internship experiences.
- Ties across the globe. The study of anthropology naturally causes students to reach out into the world to understand other cultures. Travel courses, such as "Globalization and Health," which allowed students to research dietary habits on a small Pacific island nation, offer the chance to explore different cultures firsthand.
Firsthand learning opportunities
There are many opportunities for firsthand learning in the anthropology concentration:
- Keep learning. Roanoke's anthropology students have been accepted to post-graduate programs at such institutions as SUNY Albany and North Carolina State University.
- Start doing. The study of anthropology benefits students contemplating careers that value cross-cultural communication, including business, the arts, academia/education, public policy, and social services. Learn more.
"I came here to experience another culture, and help people, and get experience that I can't get in the states, and already, less that halfway through the trip, I feel like I've been helped more than I could ever have imagined.... I have so much more to bring back to the states with me than I could ever have brought here."
-Alex DeLaricheliere, on Roanoke College research trip to the Republic of Palau