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Departments and Courses of Study

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, 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

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 Mathematics and Natural Science Foundation requirement

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

Programs Major Minor Course Work Capstone Pre-Professional Cooperative 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   ·       ·       ·
Modern Languages and Classics   ·       ·       ·
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.