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Enhance Your Education

Distinctive Programs in German

A street in Flensburg, GermanyThere are ample opportunities to enhance your studies in German through independent research, study abroad and off-campus programs, and internships. These programs are integral to a Knox education, teaching you how to apply your skills in real world situations.  In recent years, German students have enjoyed tremendous success in a variety of fields from traditional cultural studies to sciences.  Examples include:

  • Placing nine students in international internships ranging from physical laboratories, a jazz school, and medical research.
  • Four Fulbright Scholarships have been awarded to students and faculty.
  • Four students placed in the USTA Program in Austria.
  • Garnered several German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) grants in support of research projects, graduate studies stipends and innovative teaching.
  • Eight students have presesnted original research to undergraduate conferences.
  • Sent over 15 students to Germany and Austria to study German language, culture, history, International Relations, Environmental Sciences and more.
  • Hosted 13 students from the University of Flensburg here at Knox.


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 $250,000 each year in support of their work.

These sources include: Richter Scholars Program, Ford Fellowship, Ronald McNair Program, and departmentally supported independent studies. In addition, special fellowships awarded to Knox through national competitions and research grants of Knox faculty are available. Examples of recent student research projects include:

  • "Looking through the Viewfinder. Tracking the Photographer Mario von Bucovich," Nick Tolan '15.
  • "Jazz in Germany from the Weimar Republic to the Nazi Era," Kailee Gawlik '14.
  • "Cultural Policy and Visual Arts in East Germany," Michelle Orr '14.
  • "Translation Theory and Practice," Christina Colman '13.
  • "Translating The Origin of Species. The Development of a Theory," Destiny Ziebol, '12.

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. Examples of recent Honors projects include:

  • "The Role of Societal Ideology in Diaspora-Related Terrorism: An Examination of Terrorist Activity in France, Germany, and the United States," Anna Avery Meier '13.
  • "Beautiful Beautiful Gender-Benders and Their Impact on a Scared-Straight Society," Brittany Jean Amendolia '11.

Study Abroad and Off-Campus Programs
Knox offers you plenty of opportunities to begin exploring the world while still a student. Almost 50% of Knox students participate in off-campus study and consider their studies abroad to be the highlight of their college experiences. Knox offers several off-campus programs of particular interest to German students, including the Knox-Flensburg Exchange.  Most recently, the German program co-organized and facilitated the European Identities (an interdisciplinary study and travel program) with faculty from History and Political Science.

Fulbright U.S. Student Top Producer Fulbright Fellowships
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!
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