The study of Spanish at Knox is a challenging curriculum where you will participate in introductory through advanced classes in language, literature, history and culture. The curriculum emphasizes language as a way to discover another mode of thought and expression, and a way through which to understand a variety of Spanish cultures in both Spain and Latin America.
The Department of Modern Languages and Literature offers a full program of courses where you can pursue a Spanish major or complement a major in another area with a minor in Spanish.
You will begin your study of Spanish by establishing a foundation in basic language skills. An option at this introductory level is the Quick Start program, which is an innovative beginning language program that combines classroom study in grammar and culture with a short period of intensive study abroad.
With a foundation in basic language skills, you will then pursue the in-depth study of Spanish literature and culture. All Spanish majors culminate their studies with an advanced seminar, which emphasizes theoretical approaches to literary analysis. If you are interested in more in-depth work in the culture and language of Spain or Latin America, Knox sponsors programs in Barcelona and Buenos Aires.
The Dorothy Johnson '39 and Richard Burkhardt '39 Language Center includes a projection equipped classroom space located in the heart of George Davis Hall. The Center contains an instructor station, 24 advanced Macintosh workstations, and professional photo-flatbed scanning capabilities. The Language Center also houses two workgroup rooms equipped with individual computer workstations for small group sessions or individual privacy. The viewing room is capable of seating up to 20 people accommodating large-screen computer output and video viewing.
Other co-curricular clubs and activities of interest to Spanish students include Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society), Latin American Concerns Committee, Spanish Club -- Tertulia, Spanish Table, Lo Nuestro, Casa Latina.
The Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development helps students search, find and apply for internships in their areas of interest. Spanish majors recently enriched their classroom experiences with internships at Ben Franklin School, Barcelona; Green Peace, Barcelona; and Colegio Paideia, Buenos Aires.
A Knox College graduate and vice president of development at the Greater Peoria Business Alliance, Jim Lynch is among the young leaders recognized by InterBusiness Issues magazine.
Known for his plain, direct translations of ancient works, the scholar meets with students and reads from his translations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.
In Knox College classroom visits and a lecture, John Hooper of The Economist magazine and The Guardian newspaper describes some of his experiences covering news in Spain, Italy, and elsewhere.