Anthropology is included within the Sociology
department at Randolph-Macon College. Sociology and anthropology involve the systematic
study of social life and culture in order to understand the causes and consequences
of human action. Sociologists and anthropologists study the structure and processes
of traditional cultures and modern, industrial societies in both Western and nonwestern
cultures. They examine how culture, social structures (groups, organizations and
communities) and social institutions (family, education, religion, etc.) affect
human attitudes, actions and life-chances. Drawing upon various theoretical perspectives,
sociologists and anthropologists study such areas as culture, socialization, deviance,
inequality, health and illness, family patterns, social change and race and ethnic
You can find out more about sociology and anthropology at R-MC on the
Sociology department page.
The Chemistry department at Randolph-Macon
College has created an emphasis in biochemistry for students interested in this
interdisciplinary area. Students intending to pursue an advanced degree in biochemistry
or those intending to go to dental, medical, or veterinary school normally choose
You can find out more, including course descriptions, by visiting the
Chemistry department and Biology department
The program of study, provided by the Chemistry
department at Randolph-Macon, is designed for those students intending to seek employment
in a state or federal crime lab or for those students intending to pursue an advanced
degree in criminalistics.
You can learn more by visiting the web page for the
Randolph-Macon has an arrangement with the Nicholas School of the Environment at
Duke University, permitting students with career interests in forestry or environmental
management to spend three years at Randolph-Macon and two years at Duke University.
Upon completion of the program, the student is awarded a baccalaureate degree from
Randolph-Macon and either a master of forestry or master of environmental management
from Duke. These professional degree programs are distinct from the conventional
graduate programs at Duke, to which students are normally admitted after completing
a bachelor's degree. To qualify for admission to a professional program, students
must complete an approved course of study at Randolph-Macon and also meet the admission
requirements of the Nicholas School of the Environment. Interested students are
urged to contact the director of the
environmental studies program early in their college careers.
For more information, please contact Dr. Chas Gowan
in the Environmental Studies
Students who major in Economics/Business
may choose an international emphasis in their curriculum. These students will take
courses in international business and economics and will have to option to study
at Wroxton College in England as part of the curriculum. An internship in international
economics or business may be substituted for one of these courses.
Students majoring in International Studies may choose to take a concentration in
International Relations. These
students also select an emphasis within
International Relations in either political science or economics/business.
The economics/business emphasis
requires two economics courses, three international economics and/or business courses,
and two courses in political science, one of which must be foreign and comparative
You can learn more by visiting the Economics/Business
and International Studies department
Students majoring in International Studies
may choose to take a concentration in International Relations. These students also
select an emphasis within International Relations in either political science or
economics/business. The political science emphasis requires three courses in foreign
and comparative government, two courses in international relations, and two courses
in international economics and/or business. The economics/business emphasis requires
two economics courses, three international economics and/or business courses, and
two courses in political science, one of which must be foreign and comparative government.
For more information, please see the
International Studies department page.
Within Randolph-Macon's music major, students
have the option of taking a Music Industry track of courses or a Musicology track.
The Music Industry track is designed to provide entry-level skills and a knowledge
base for such professional directions as music recording, music publishing, artist/group
management, and administration of musical performance venues (clubs, concert halls,
etc.). The Musicology track offers a study of music from its historical, cultural,
and theoretical perspectives. This track is intended for students interested in
pursuing a career in music criticism and journalism or music publishing. It provides
an excellent foundation for graduate studies in music history, ethnomusicology,
or music theory. Each track includes an internship, advanced research project, or
field study, as well as the Senior Art Seminar as the capstone course.
More information is available on the Music department
At Randolph-Macon College, the sciences are a strong part of the liberal arts tradition,
and the college offers the opportunity to combine a traditional liberal arts and
sciences education with rigorous training in the skills of an engineer. R-MC has
cooperative arrangements with engineering schools at Columbia University and the
University of Virginia, whereby students earn bachelor's degrees from Randolph-Macon
and bachelor's or master's degrees in engineering from the cooperating university.
In these programs, students typically spend three years at Randolph-Macon, and two
at the cooperating university. Students completing these programs demonstrate a
willingness to face new challenges in a second school, while reaping the benefits
of two different learning environments, two sets of professors, two sets of friends,
and two alma maters. Any Randolph-Macon student recommended by the college will
normally be accepted by the cooperating university, provided that basic requirements
in mathematics and science have been met and the student has maintained a B+ average
or better. Columbia University guarantees need-based financial aid.
For more information, please contact Dr. George Spagna,
coordinator of the cooperative engineering program.
Randolph-Macon students interested in law as a career frequently major in
political science, history,
English, or philosophy, but
any of R-MC's programs should prepare students equally well for the demands of law
school. Whatever the choice of major, preparation for law school requires an exposure
to courses from a variety of academic fields.
Opportunities to prepare for a career in the law extend well beyond the classroom
at Randolph-Macon. Students may learn first-hand about the legislative process,
spend time as an intern at a law firm, and discuss the various specialities within
the profession with leading attorneys. Students interested in the legal profession
can arrange to become full-time legislative aides during Virginia's annual General
Assembly sessions, held each winter at the capitol in Richmond. Other students may
prefer to work for a month assisting members of Congress in Washington, D.C. There
are also opportunities for a variety of other public policy internship positions
during the college's January term.
Randolph-Macon College offers a pre-profession program for students interested in
pursuing an advanced degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, veterinary science,
physical therapy, and other health sciences. Randolph-Macon is justifiably proud
of its record in premedical and predental education. A large majority of Randolph-Macon
students who have applied to medical schools have gained admission to their first-choice
Although most students elect to major in biology
or chemistry, a science major is not a prerequisite
for acceptance into medical school. In fact, outstanding students with diverse backgrounds
and interests are often good candidates for programs in medicine. Recent R-MC graduates
with majors in English,
psychology, and math have been accepted
into medical school. Pre-medical requirements of all medical schools are nearly
identical. Requirements at the Medical College of Virginia are typical and include
two semesters of biology, general and organic chemistry, physics, and college mathematics;
a minimum of 90 semester hours at an accredited college; and completion of the Medical
College Admissions Test (MCAT). The requirements for most dental schools are nearly
identical to those for medical school except that the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT)
is taken instead of the MCAT. R-MC pre-med students have also entered a variety
of other health fields, including health administration, medical technology, nursing,
occupational therapy, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiation
sciences, and veterinary science.
R-MC's Pre-medical Advisory Committee is a faculty committee that advises all students
who express interest in health careers. The committee assists students in planning
their curriculum, provides information about medical careers and preparation for
medical schools and entrance examinations, and evaluates the academic and personal
qualifications of R-MC students applying to health science programs.
You can find more information about the curriculum, preparation, and career opportunities
for our pre-med students by visiting the Chemistry
department and Biology department
web pages, or by contacting Dr. Serge Schreiner
in the Chemistry department.
Randolph-Macon College students may cross-enroll in courses offered by the Department
of Military Science at the University of Richmond under a cross-enrollment agreement
concluded with that University.
ROTC trains college students to become the next generation of Army officers. Students
can try out ROTC for the first two years without making any commitment. Contracted
cadets receive a monthly stipend of $300-$500 during the academic year and work
toward commissioning as Second Lieutenants in the Army. Additional financial incentives
may be available. Active duty service can lead to a rewarding career in the service
of the nation. Cadets can also commission into the National Guard or Army Reserve
while pursuing full time civilian careers.
The Army offers early career responsibility at levels substantially above that given
to individuals entering virtually any other non-military occupation. Whether an
officer stays for only the initial service obligation, or for a full career, he
or she will possess skills and experience that are highly sought by civilian corporations
and government agencies.
Randolph-Macon will award three semester hours for the successful completion of
Military Science 101-102 and 201-202 with grades of C or better and three semester
hours for successful completion of Military Science 301-302 and 303-304 with grades
of C or better. The military science courses will be treated as courses accepted
Randolph-Macon students are eligible for ROTC scholarships. Students enrolled in
the program are responsible for paying the appropriate fees to the University of
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