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 relations.
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 this
You can find out more, including course descriptions, by visiting the Chemistry department and Biology department web pages.
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 Chemistry department.
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
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
For more information, please see the International Studies department
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
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
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
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
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 in
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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