There are ample opportunities to enhance your studies in Spanish 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: Richter Memorial Scholars Program, Ford Foundation Research Fellows Program, Ronald E. McNair Fellows Program, ACM Minority 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. 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. Examples of recent Honors projects include:
Off Campus Programs
Off-campus study is a natural complement to classes in language and literature. Knox offers three off-campus programs of interest to students in Spanish -- Barcelona, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and San Jose, Costa Rica. The programs in Barcelona and Buenos Aires are operated directly by Knox, and they benefit from Knox's long experience with administering off-campus study.
Quick Start Spanish
This program features an intensive, introductory-level language sequence, followed by a two-week trip to a Spanish-speaking country, then another course at Knox that extends language study and uses student journals kept during the trip. The objective is development of language skills and cultural sensitivity valued by corporations in the global economy.
Through the Critical Languages Program, the College offers credit in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Dutch and other languages not commonly available. Interested students study texts independently with the help of conversational practice with a native speaker two to three hours per week. Credit is determined by final written and oral examinations with an expert outside examiner.
As a student of Spanish 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. Recent internships by Spanish students include:
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.