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Departments and Courses of Study

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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
Computer Science
Educational Studies
Environmental Studies
Modern Languages and Literatures
Physics and Astronomy
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, 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 that have no prerequisites except when courses form a sequence, such as an elementary language sequence.

200: Introductory and intermediate courses that may have some prerequisites or which may require appropriate class standing.

300: Advanced courses with one or more prerequisites of specific courses or of class standing.

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.

ProgramsMajorMinorCourse WorkCapstonePre-Profes.Coop.Off-Campus
Africana Studies      
American Studies        
Anthropology and Sociology      
Art - Art History      
Art - Studio Art      
Asian Studies        
Business and Management            
Classics - Greek and Roman Culture      
Classics - Latin      
Classics - Greek      
Computer Science      
Dance Studies          
Earth Science            
Educational Studies - Elementary      
Educational Studies - Secondary      
Social Sciences Education            
Educational Studies - Special Content Areas      
Educational Policy Studies            
English - Creative Writing      
English - Literature      
Environmental Studies      
Film Studies            
Forestry/Environmental Management          
Gender and Women's Studies      
Health Studies          
International Relations      
International Studies        
Latin American Studies      
Mathematics - Financial Mathematics        
Modern Languages        
Occupational Therapy          
Physics and Astronomy        
Political Science      
Religious Studies        
Self-Designed Program        
Social Service            
Sports Studies            
Teacher Certification          
- 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.

Tutorials/Readings (150A, 250A, 350A) (1/2 or 1 credit)
Study of a topic not regularly offered on a topic desired by a student or group of students; faculty directed and led.

Directed Research/Creative Work (150B, 250B, 350B) (1/2 or 1 credit)
Faculty and student working together on a project involving research or creative work, under close faculty supervision.

Independent Research/Creative Work (150C, 250C, 350C) (1/2 or 1 credit)
Research or creative project that is student directed and led, with faculty guidance.

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, 2016. 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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