Other Non-Major/Minor Areas of Study


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 non-Western 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 program.

You can find out more, including course descriptions, by visiting the Chemistry department and Biology department web pages.

Forensic Science

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 Studies department.

International Economics/Business

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 government.

You can learn more by visiting the Economics/Business and International Studies department pages.

Music Industry and Musicology

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 page.


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 a cooperative arrangement with the engineering school at the University of Virginia, whereby students earn bachelor's degrees from Randolph-Macon and bachelor's or master's degree in engineering from the University of Virginia.

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.

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 specialties 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.


Pre-Medical Students in the LabRandolph-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 pre-medical and pre-dental education. A large majority of Randolph-Macon students who have applied to medical schools have gained admission to their first-choice schools.

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 in transfer.

Randolph-Macon students are eligible for ROTC scholarships. Students enrolled in the program are responsible for paying the appropriate fees to the University of Richmond.

For more information, please contact the recruiting officer at the ROTC website or by phone at 804.287.6066.