The importance of Germany in Europe and the world has increased tremendously in recent years. For students interested in German language, literature, history and culture, Knox offers coursework at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Study abroad and off-campus opportunities exist both with our well-established Knox-Flensburg Exchange program with the Universität Flensburg, and with programs in Berlin, Freiburg, Tübingen, Munich, and Vienna.
In-depth work in German literature and culture is especially challenging. Courses at Knox are designed to build students' confidence in their language skills, and an understanding for the cultures of the German-speaking countries. The goal is a facility with language that opens up new worlds, seen through the eyes of another culture to an extent not possible through the study of literature in translation.
Working with literature, film, and other cultural products, students engage with the wider political, social, and historical aspects implicit in every reading, and gain a practical understanding that is crucial for a wide variety of business-oriented pursuits, as well as for careers that involve advanced study in language.
The major in German requires 11 courses, including 19th, 20th, and 21st century German culture, history, literature, and film; three electives in upper level German; two courses in allied fields; and a senior project written in German. Independent study courses can be designed to match individual student interests. The minor in German focuses on linguistic competencies in reading, listening, writing, and speaking.
The newly equipped Dorothy Johnson '39 and Richard Burkhardt '39 Language Center offers a state-of-the-art classroom space located in the heart of George Davis Hall. Seymour Library's collection of literature and films of the German-speaking countries, as well as scholarly writings, is constantly being updated. Also, seven German periodicals are available in Seymour Library, and many publications can be accessed electronically.
Knox is among the leading institutions whose graduates earn Fulbright awards for international teaching and research. Erin McKinstry '12 taught English in Germany and researched the impact of Turkish-German women writers on contemporary German literature, and Professor Todd Heidt received a German-American Fulbright Commission grant to attend a two-week seminar in Germany. Meet our other Fulbright recipients!
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.