Coursework in Chinese emphasizes language study as a gateway to understanding another culture, the world, and our place in it. The Asian Studies Program offers elementary language instruction in Chinese, with an emphasis on the development of language skills: listening, comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Essentials of grammar are complemented by readings in literature and culture, with extensive practice in speaking. For a more intensive experience, the College also cooperates with the Beijing Institute of Asian Studies at Peking University.
As a student in the Chinese program at Knox, you will have the benefit of small classes, courses that include research opportunities, and access to numerous off-campus programs. Knox offers courses in Chinese conversation and composition through the intermediate level, with the opportunity to minor in Chinese or Chinese Studies. Chinese courses are also integral to the Asian Studies major.
The minor in Chinese focuses on Chinese literature, composition, and conversation. Requirements for the minor include advanced courses, such as:
The minor in Chinese Studies broadens the perspective to include courses in the history, society, and religion of China. Requirements for the minor include Chinese language combined with content courses, at least one of which must be at the 300-level. Potential course topics include:
Both minors are designed to allow for substitutions with courses completed while studying abroad.
Exchange students spend a day on the Knox campus, learning about the College's history and interacting -- often in German -- with Knox students.
Knox College has been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, in recognition of community service, service learning and civic engagement.
Enrolled in the Arts in Context program, she is living in London, England, and Florence, Italy, while learning about Renaissance art and medieval literature and 'experiencing what the artists might have experienced.'