There are ample opportunities to enhance your studies in environmental studies through independent research, off-campus study, and internships. These programs are integral to a Knox education, teaching you how to apply your skills in real world situations.
Student Research and Creative Projects
Knox has a number of programs that support student research, including Rockefeller, Richter, Ford and Honors Programs. Through the Rockefeller program, students receive funding to engage in environmental studies research projects in Galesburg and the surrounding area during the summer. Since environmental studies is interdisciplinary, students from a number of areas may do work in the field. Examples of some recent student research projects include:
Outstanding students may elect to undertake College Honors in their senior year, carrying out an advanced research project presented and defended to a faculty committee that includes a distinguished outside examiner. An example of a recent Honors project is:
Knox offers you plenty of opportunities to begin exploring the world while still a student. Almost 50% of Knox students participate in off-campus study and consider their studies abroad to be the highlight of their college experiences. Two are of special interest to students concentrating in Environmental Studies.
Forestry/Environmental Management -- Dual-Degree Program
In conjunction with Duke University, Knox offers a five-year, dual-degree program leading to both a Knox College B.A. degree and a master's degree in either forestry or environmental management from Duke.
Following three years at Knox and two additional years at Duke, students are awarded the two degrees simultaneously. Duke University also offers the option of a Ph.D. in both forestry and environmental management. For more information on the program, contact Professor Stuart Allison, 309-341-7185.
Few experiences can prepare you better for life after Knox than conducting an internship. As a Knox environmental studies student, you can conduct an internship for course credit either during the academic year or the summer, working closely with a faculty supervisor while engaging in fieldwork and completing an academic paper. Recent internships by environmental studies students include:
Knox College students in the Alternatives to Consumerism class traveled in groups for a community action project that involved giving away LED light bulbs in exchange for traditional, incandescent bulbs.
Knox's new Creating Opportunities and Access in Science and Technology (COAST) initiative will offer academic and financial support to students planning on careers in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry.
Capping off Earth Month, members of the Knox College and Galesburg community gather for a Day of Service and an Earth Day Festival featuring, music, art, and information focused on the environment.