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Departments and Courses of Study

East entry to Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

The following sections describe Courses of Study (majors, minors, course offerings, special programs) of the College. The faculty who teach these courses are organized administratively into 19 academic departments:

Anthropology and Sociology    
Art and Art History       
Biology      
Chemistry       
Classics      
Computer Science     
Economics      
Educational Studies 
English      
Environmental Studies      
History      
Mathematics
Modern Languages and Literatures
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science and International Relations
Psychology
Theatre

Some departments offer several disciplinary majors, e.g., the English Department offers majors in English Literature and Creative Writing. Most departments also offer minors.

Program Committees are groups of faculty drawn from different departments and disciplines who administer some interdisciplinary majors (Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Gender and Women’s Studies, Integrated International Studies, Latin American Studies, Neuroscience) and interdisciplinary minors (Africana Studies, Business and Management, Film Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Neuroscience, Religious Studies, Social Service).

Numbering System
A three-digit system is used for numbering courses; the first digit indicates the level of the course. Course levels are:

100: Introductory level courses recommended to first-year students and having no prerequisites except when courses form a sequence, such as a first-year language sequence.

200: Introductory and intermediate courses, which have some prerequisites or which require class standing above first-term students.

300: Advanced courses, with one or more prerequisites in specific courses or in general educational preparation and maturity. Courses at this level are both for majors and for any student with the requisite preparation.

400: Advanced studies (College Honors Program)

All courses are one credit unless otherwise noted after the title. Most courses run for a full term. Although the need seldom arises, the scheduling of a course may be changed or canceled when there is not sufficient registration or when other circumstances necessitate such action.

The following abbreviations are used:

Prereq: prerequisites.

CL: cross listing

QL: course satisfies Quantitative Literacy Key Competency requirement (not applicable for Fall 2014 new students)

DV: course satisfies Understanding Diversity Key Competency requirement

W: course satisfies Writing Key Competency requirement

O: course satisfies Oral Presentation Key Competency requirement

ARTS satisfies Arts Foundation requirement

HSS satisfies History and Social Science Foundation requirement

HUM satisfies Humanities Foundation requirement

MNS satisfies Math and Natural Science Foundation requirement (not applicable for new students Fall 2014 or later.)

NPS satisfies Natural and Physical Sciences Foundation requirement

QSR satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Foundation requirement

The following is a checklist of programs offered by the College.

Programs Major Minor Course
Work
Capstone Pre-Profes. Coop. Off-
Campus
Africana Studies                      
American Studies                    
Anthropology
and Sociology
                     
Architecture                    
Art - Art History                      
Art - Studio Art                      
Asian Studies                     
Biochemistry                      
Biology                      
Business and
Management
               
Chemistry                        
Chinese                
Classics - Greek and
Roman Culture
                     
Classics - Latin                      
Classics - Greek                      
Computer Science                       
Dance Studies                  
Earth Science                      
Economics                      
Educational Studies -
Elementary
                     
Educational Studies -
Secondary
                     
Educational Studies -
Special Content Areas
                     
Educational Policy
Studies
             
Engineering                  
English - Creative Writing                      
English - Literature                      
Environmental Studies                      
Film Studies                
Forestry/
Environmental Management
                 
French                      
Gender and Women's
Studies
                     
German                      
History                      
Integrated International
Studies
                   
International Relations                      
Japanese                  
Journalism                
Latin American Studies                      
Law                    
Mathematics                      
Mathematics - Financial
Mathematics
                     
Medicine                  
Modern Languages                    
Music                     
Neuroscience                      
Nursing                
Occupational Therapy                  
Optometry                  
Philosophy                    
Physics                    
Political Science                    
      American Politics                
      Comparative Politics                  
Psychology                    
Religious Studies                    
Self-Designed Program                    
Social Service                
Social Studies
Education
               
Spanish                      
Sports Studies                
Teacher Certification                  
Theatre                    
      Design and Technology                
      Directing                
      Dramatic Literature
      and History
               
      Performance                
      Playwriting                

 

Independent Study
Students may pursue independent study in any of the academic fields offered at Knox. Independent study provides a means to supplement the courses regularly offered, either by more intensive study of selected topics or by exploration of topics not included in other courses. Independent study may be pursued at both an intermediate and advanced level. In addition, well-prepared students may pursue independent study during the summer or while on leave status.

Students admitted to the Honors Program register for 400 Advanced Study for Honors.

250: Independent Study (1/2 or 1 credit)
Intermediate-level guided reading, guided research, or other independent study

350: Independent Study (1/2 or 1 credit)
Advanced-level guided reading, guided research, or other independent study

400: Advanced Study for Honors (1 or 2 credits each term)
See "Honors Program," in Special Programs and Opportunities

Teaching Assistantships
Most departments offer highly qualified students the opportunity to assist professors in course management and development. (See "Student Teaching Assistantships" in the Special Programs and Opportunities section of this catalog for details) With permission of the instructor of the course for which the student is to assist, the student can enroll in one of the following:

248/348: Teaching Assistantship (1/2 or 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion.

Special Topics Courses
Special Topics courses provide flexibility in the curriculum. They are temporary courses, established with the approval of the Curriculum Committee, to meet the interests of a particular group of students, or of a visiting faculty member or similar temporary situations. Depending on staffing and student interest, special topics may be offered in any of the programs of the College.

295/395: Special Topics (1/2 or 1 credit)
Courses offered occasionally in special areas not covered in the usual curriculum. May be repeated for credit if different topics are offered.

Course Scheduling
The list of courses in this catalog is the full record of courses taught at the College, as of June 30, 2013. Not all courses are offered every year. A schedule of course offerings is published prior to each term with the course pre-enrollment materials.

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