Core Studies in the Honors Program

True education doesn't happen in a vacuum. That's why the Honors Core complements your major with a whole person approach that engages you with real world issues and communities. Every core class in the four-year program is designed to move you beyond the traditional classroom and put you into contact with people whose lives influence our understanding of the matter at hand.


Design, execute, and interpret an opinion poll for a local business in HNRS 240

Discuss community service priorities with executives of non-profit agencies and government leaders in HNRS 120

Explore issues of contact, acculturation and accommodation in a local immigrant community in HNRS 270
Educate campus peers about medical risks in HNRS 251

Make recommendations to local governments concerning prescription drug abuse in HNRS 300

Develop a mobile app to help preschoolers discover music in HNRS 241

Examine the city of Roanoke from an architectural perspective in HNRS 271


"A strong community of dedicated individuals is probably one of the best benefits of Honors for me.  I have developed friendships with friends who honestly care about their education and who want to do well at Roanoke College.  They want to go above and beyond and get involved with the multiple club opportunities on campus.  There is almost an instant connection with these individuals from the moment you get to meet one another."

- Rebecca Siar '15

"The breadth of experiences I gained from the Honors Program, particularly through the foreign language component and cultural events, led me to a job teaching English in Spain, while my mentors and peers encouraged me to apply for the prestigious Fulbright scholarship, which would allow me to research public health in Mexico. The program´s focus on and support of multidisciplinary interests has given me the tools I need to continue pursuing my dream to serve underrepresented and minority communities as a physician and public health care advocate. "

- Victoria Godwin '14