Hit the ground running. A central aspect of a Knox education is the combination of classroom studies with experiential learning that expands on your studies and widens your horizons. It's our take on the old adage "Learning by Doing."
A special way to combine studies and real-world experience is through Knox's Short Term Off-Campus Programs. These course offerings combine on-campus classroom study with travel to another city or another country during the very next regular term break. So you'll hit the books and then immediately put what you've learned to use in real-world situations through field trips, research assignments, and other "on-site" fieldwork.
Programs can involve intensive studying as well as the preparation of research projects or artistic performances that you'll present to experts in your field. For example, you can experience the New York art scene through studio work there, or complement your on-campus study of the history of choreography by attending a professional Chicago dance studio.. Some programs also involve a presentation on your experiences or research after you've returned to campus.
Other programs focus on deep immersion in another culture. Imagine putting your first-term Japanese speaking skills to the test among citizens of Tokyo and Kyoto, or your Spanish with people in countries across Latin America. You can even pick up a few words of Navajo while teaching on an Arizona reservation.
The following Short Term Programs are currently being offered. Each program has specific course pre-requisites, and requires the approval of department faculty.
|Arts in New York
Following a seminar course that focuses on European and New York artists and art movements from the early 20th century to the present, students travel to New York to visit galleries and museum collections, present a research project, and attend classes and lectures at the Studio School. Students return to Knox to resolve a body of work based on their experiences.
With a foundation of classwork in dance terminology and anatomy and movement vocabulary, students travel to Chicago to participate in daily technique classes held at a professional studio of dance training, as well as attend four to six dance concerts and visit the city's art and cultural museums.
Building on coursework in Japanese language, history, and East Asian philosophy, plus a course on skills for travelling, students visit the modern capital of Tokyo, Osaka, and the ancient capital of Kyoto, with side trips to Nara and Kamukura, giving access to every major period in Japanese history. Hiroshima offers a view of pre-modern history, while Kyoto lets students explore the seat of Buddhist learning.
|London Arts Alive
Classwork examines the arts in the social and political context of a major urban center through readings, films, and discussion to establish a theoretical foundation that will be investigated in the three-week trip to London. Students are immersed in seminars, theatre, opera, music, dance, poetry, visual art, architectural and cultural icons, and historic sites. A major project of either traditional or creative scholarship is completed upon their return.
|Quick Start Spanish
Intensive study of Spanish language, history, and culture, culminates in a trip to a Spanish-speaking locale. Grammar and vocabulary instruction are structured around situations students encounter while traveling. Previous trips include travel to Oaxaca, Mexico, while upcoming destinations include Guatemala.
|Teaching on the Navajo Reservation
Students participating in this program take a course in the spring term that emphasizes Navajo history and culture. The course is entitled "Culturally Appropriate Teaching - The Dine'." The following summer students enrolled in the course along with two or three Knox professors travel to Rock Point or Flagstaff, Arizona where they spend two weeks working with Navajo teachers and students in reservation elementary schools. Students also visit other parts of the reservation, interact with Navajo parents and grandparents and participate in selected cultural events.
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