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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
Modern Languages and Literatures
Political Science and International Relations
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).
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:
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.
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|Classics - Greek and
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Special Content Areas
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|Gender and Women's
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|Mathematics - Financial
|Design and Technology||•|
| Dramatic Literature
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
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.
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.