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Symposium of Artists and Scholars

Senior Philosophy Major Evan Smith fields a question from Professor David Schwartz during the Symposium of Artists and Scholars

Senior Philosophy Major Evan Smith fields a question from Professor David Schwartz during the Symposium of Artists and Scholars

Philosophy majors routinely take advantage of the opportunity to present brief, accessible versions of seminar, senior, and honors papers to a diverse audience every spring.

The symposium brings together artists and scholars of all disciplines to share the results and highlights the best work being produced at the College. Modeled after a traditional academic conference, the event features begins with a keynote speaker and luncheon, oral presentations, readings of creative works, musical performances, exhibitions of student artwork, and poster presentations.

Recent presentations by philosophy majors include

  • “Creating Spaces of Liberation Through Transgender and Cisgender Solidarity” (2015 Symposium, Evan Smith)
  • “Artificial Intelligence Beyond the Human Mind” (2014 Symposium, Phuong Tran)

Learn more about the Symposium of Artists and Scholars.


Philosophy majors have taken advantage of a wide range of internships. Intern placements include

  • Pittsburg Post-Gazette (Phuong Tran ’15),
  • Central VA Training Center,
  • Campbell County Community Services,
  • Lynchburg Parks & Recreation,
  • Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, and
  • Jester & Jester Law Office.

Learn more about internship opportunities.

Study Abroad

Randolph maintains partnerships with study abroad programs throughout Europe, as well as in Mexico and Japan, for full-year or semester-only experiences. In addition, you can enroll in a foreign university or study abroad in an approved program coordinated by another U.S. institution.

Randolph also offers several unique international and cultural experience programs.

  • Study Seminars
    Randolph professors lead 2-week study seminars across a range of academic disciplines and in countries around the globe either during winter break, spring break, or the summer. Recent destinations include Iceland, China, Cuba, and Rome, Italy.
  • National Gallery Internship
    Randolph students have exclusive access to an 8-week internship at The National Gallery, London.
  • Archaeological Conservation Institute
    This 4-week summer program takes students to Italy to explore, dig, and preserve ancient artifacts.
  • American Culture Program
    Study abroad at home! This unique road trip program explores the diverse cultures of the United States.

Summer Research

Spend the summer working closely with a professor and focused on a specific aspect of philosophy. Randolph’s intensive eight-week Summer Research Program enables students to conduct research that is complemented by a thorough review of the relevant literature; live in a residence hall on campus, participate in on-campus summer events, attend special seminars with guest speakers; and share the progress and results of their research. Learn more about the Summer Research Program.

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