Students may develop a self-designed major when they have an interest in an intellectual issue that is best studied through an integrative approach based in multiple academic disciplines. A self-designed major has the same characteristics of an established major, in that it introduces the student to the field of study, addresses appropriate methodology, provides opportunities for advanced level research or other creative projects, and culminates in an integrative experience. The major should also be developed with a consideration to the range of post-graduate study or career opportunities it will establish for the student. Students work with two or more faculty members to design a course of study for the proposed major that combines work in several departments. In most cases, the proposal is developed during the sophomore year and must be submitted to the Curriculum Committee for approval.
Recent approved self-designed majors include:
Ethnicity and Mathematics Learning
20th Century Studies
Social Psychology of Art
East Asian Studies
Democracy and Social Justice
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.
Indira Somani, a 1992 Knox College graduate, receives prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Grant to study Western influences on TV programming in India.
For her senior capstone project, Andrea Houlihan interviewed Honduran farmers and others involved in the coffee business. She created a blog to share what she learned.