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Distinctive Programs in Classics

Many classics students study abroad on programs where they are able to explore firsthand the physical evidence of Greek and Roman art and architecture. There are ample opportunities to enhance your studies in classics through independent research, off-campus study, internships and other activities. 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 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 top-notch undergraduate research. Examples of some recent student research projects include:

  • "Latin Language," Elise Heck '08.
  • "Ancient Greek Language," Gwyneth Seymour '06, classics major, independent study/senior research program funded by Ford Fellowship program.
  • "(Un)Real Roman Women," Heather Elomaa '07, Latin and Greek Major, McNair Fellow and Ford Fellow.

College Honors
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. Recent College Honors awarded in classics include:

  • "Spectacle and the Respectable in Juvenal's Satires 2 and 6," Heather Elaine Elomaa '07.
  • "Imagined Spaces: Propertius, Vergil, and their Poetic Romes," Sara Jo Legowski '05.
  • Classics and Linguistics: "Hebrews: A Semantic Discourse on the Use of the Greek Root Telei," Scott Robinson '03.
  • "Art Out of Voice: A Study in Vergilian Ecphrasis," Nathen Bethel '01.
  • "Homer's Iliad, Book 19: Commentary and Interpretation," James Eberhardy '00.

Off-campus Study
Many classics students study abroad on programs where they are able to explore firsthand the physical evidence of Greek and Roman art and architecture. Others study in a program in Florence exploring the works of the Italian Renaissance that drew its inspiration from antiquity.

  • College Year in Athens
    This program focuses on the art and archaeology of ancient Greece; courses in Greek, ancient and modern, are also offered as well as courses on Byzantine and modern Greece.
  • The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies
    This program takes place in Rome and is an intensive program on Roman history and archaeology with intermediate and advanced language work and travel in Italy.
  • The ACM Florence Program and The ACM Arts of London and Florence Program
    These programs explore the Renaissance, when European culture was invigorated by renewed interest in classical antiquity.

As a student of classics 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.

Other Activities
Amici Antiquitatis, the Classics Club, is an active group of classics students. It sponsors an annual reading and dinner in the spring and organizes a variety of special events over the year. Speakers have included Stanley Lombard, translator, who has performed dramatic readings of Homer's Odyssey, and William Levitan, who read from his published translation of the letters of Abelard and Heloise.

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