There are ample opportunities to enhance your coursework in Latin American 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 is a leader in promoting top-notch undergraduate research. In fact, more than 90% of all Knox students complete an independent research or creative project by the time they graduate. Many students' projects are supported by an unusually rich array of Knox College funding programs that together provide students more than $200,000 each year in support of their work. These sources include: College Honors Program, Richter Memorial Scholars Program, Ford Foundation Research Fellows Program, Ronald E. McNair Fellows Program and departmentally supported independent studies. In addition, special fellowships awarded to Knox through national competitions and through the research grants of Knox faculty make Knox a leader in promoting undergraduate research. A recent research project is:
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 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. Among the three dozen off-campus programs offered by Knox are several of interest for students studying Latin American studies.
Quick Start Language Instruction
An alternative to the term-length programs, but no less valuable for persons with an interest in Latin America, is Knox's Quick Start language program in Spanish. The program emphasizes preparation for success working in a global economy. It requires intensive language study on campus, followed by a short overseas experience. Since its inception, Quick Start Spanish has taken classes to Peru, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Independent study is used to enrich Knox's academic program by providing students with opportunities for study that cannot be pursued in regular courses. Many Latin American Studies students find independent study a way to explore their specific interests abroad. Recent off-campus projects that have explored Latin America include:
As a student of Latin American studies at Knox, you'll have the opportunity to expand your education -- to get that valuable experience you hear so much about -- by completing an internship. Internships provide an opportunity to explore and test career options, to gain experiences and skills needed to succeed as a professional, to build a resume, to network and make critical connections, and to experience a work environment. More and more employers are looking for college graduates with career-related experience. Knox's Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development specializes in helping you find an internship that best matches your goals and interests.
Competing against student newspapers from all over the country, The Knox Student captures fourth place in the News Story category and honorable mention in the Editorial/Opinion category.
The Knox College chapter of Habitat for Humanity sponsors a contest in which team of students competed to build the tallest structure, using only marshmallows and toothpicks.
Harambee, the student African cultural club at Knox College, presents events for campus and community to celebrate African Week 2013.