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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Michael Cooke and Ritu Gyawali are chosen for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program, which awards up to $5,000 for costs related to studying abroad.
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.