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Special Programs and Opportunities

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In addition to majors and minors offered by Knox's academic departments, the educational program of the College makes available many special opportunities through which students enhance their four-year experience. These opportunities range from study abroad, to special intensive academic programs focused on a discipline, to student independent research, and to service activities that benefit the local community. Some special programs are linked closely to students working in specified academic areas, while others are open to any member of the student body.


Academic Honor Societies
   Artists, Scholars, Scientists, and Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (ASSET)
Bastian Family Career Center
  Kleine Center for Community Service
  Stellyes Center for Global Studies
  Center for Intercultural Life
  Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study
  Center for Teaching and Learning
Clinical Term in Psychology
Cooperative Degree Programs
George Washington Gale Scholars Program
Graduate and Special Fellowship Advisors
Green Oaks Term
Honors Program
Independent Study
International Summer Program in Management
Japan Term
Kemper Scholars Program
Lincoln Studies Center
Ronald E. McNair Program
Open Studio
Peace Corps Preparatory Program
Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship Program
Pre-Professional Advising
Quick-Start Language Instruction
Repertory Theatre Term
Richter Memorial Scholarships Program
Startup Term
Student Teaching Assistantships
Study Abroad and Other Off-Campus Study Programs

Academic Honor Societies

Several honor societies initiate student members who excel in the activities and qualities emphasized by each society. Membership is based upon guidelines determined by each organization. Phi Beta Kappa is the most prestigious and oldest academic honor society. Others include:

     Alpha Psi Omega: Theatre
     Eta Sigma Phi: Classics
     Mortar Board: General
     Nu Rho Psi: Neuroscience
     Omicron Delta Epsilon: Economics
     Pi Kappa Lambda: Music
     Pi Sigma Alpha: Political Science
     Psi Chi: Psychology
     Sigma Delta Pi: Spanish
     Sigma Xi: Scientific Research

Bastian Family Career Center

Located in Alumni Hall, the Center assists students in the career development process. Individual counseling sessions, workshops and seminars are scheduled to guide students in their decision-making about potential career paths. The Center coordinates recruiting visits from graduate schools and employer representatives. The College’s internship program is also headquartered here. The Center maintains a library of career-related information, including job postings, internship opportunities, resume, interview, and job search advice, information on graduate and professional school exams, and graduate study information. Ms. Saline, Director.

Kleine Center for Community Service

Working closely with the Bastian Family Career Center, the Center for Community Service was established in 2006. The Center works with students, faculty and staff to make connections with community partners to enhance outreach activities. Current initiatives include several tutoring programs with local organizations, student musical performances at local nursing homes, and the recent "Alternative Spring Break" through which nearly 100 students traveled to New Orleans and Mississippi to participate in Katrina relief projects. In 2006-2007, the Center for Community Service formed a partnership with Big Brothers, Big Sisters Organization to create a Knox College based program focused on mentoring youth from Galesburg and Knox County. Ms. Ridlon, Coordinator.

Stellyes Center for Global Studies

Knox established its Center for Global Studies, located in Alumni Hall, in September 2002. The Center sponsors speakers and colloquia on international topics, provides information on off-campus study opportunities and application procedures, coordinates faculty development projects focused on strengthening international expertise, and works with students who need pre-departure orientation for overseas study. TBA, Director.

Center for Intercultural Life

Located in a building known as "The Cottage," surrounded by residence halls, the Center provides a meeting place for many campus organizations that provide support for diversity, pluralism and intercultural issues. Supported by members of the Office of Student Development, these organizations regularly sponsor events or speakers designed to inform the campus community about these issues.

Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study

The Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study is dedicated to supporting Knox students and their exceptional achievements. The Center administers the Paul K. Richter and Evalyn Elizabeth Cook Richter Memorial Fund for independent work beyond the classroom, recruits and advises students seeking national and international post-graduate scholarships and fellowships, and organizes the unique Knox program for outstanding juniors, Artists, Scientists, Scholars and Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow, and HORIZONS: A Celebration of Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work. Dr. Maguire, Interim Director.

Center for Teaching and Learning

Located in a newly renovated facility at 466 S. West Street, the Center nurtures academic excellence through one-on-one or group instruction in writing, peer tutoring in all subject areas, academic counseling and learning skills instruction. Along with the Associate Dean of the College, the Center assists faculty and students with the provision of federally mandated academic accommodations. The Center also houses Knox's TRIO Achievement Program, a federally funded program that provides support for academic excellence for first-generation college students from underrepresented groups and those who have academic needs. Dr. Haslem, Director; Ms. Lopez, Director, TRIO Achievement Program.

Artists, Scholars, Scientists, and Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (ASSET)

The Artists, Scholars, Scientists, and Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (ASSET) program recruits a student cohort with a wide range of aspirations. ASSET Fellows pursue intensive individual projects and together they identify and discuss connections across disciplinary boundaries, emphasizing a deepening understanding of how to create constructive dialogue across those boundaries.

Juniors with a 3.3 GPA or higher are invited to apply to the ASSET program. Meetings during the winter and spring term allow Fellows time to build a sense of community and pursue an individual project during the summer. Summer dialogues focus on technology, ethics, education, and other issues relevant to all disciplines. During the summer Fellows also engage in educational and social activities and prepare for their senior year and for post graduate experiences. Fellows receive substantial stipends to support them during their summer research projects. Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study.

Clinical Term in Psychology

Students interested in the areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology and social work have an in-depth experience of the field, both in and out of the classroom. Students register in two courses, PSYC 300B, Theories & Methods of Psychotherapy and PSYC 300D Psychological Assessment, while completing an internship in the Galesburg area that is related to clinical psychology. Students gain an increased knowledge of clinical psychology through the integration of academic information and assignments in the two classes and the hands-on experience of working in settings typical of clinical psychologists, counselors, and social workers. Prof. Kasser, Chair, Department of Psychology.

Cooperative Degree Programs

For a small number of specialized programs outside the core liberal arts disciplines, Knox offers cooperative degree programs with institutions that recognize liberal arts as the best preparation for more specialized study. Typically, these programs involve 3 years of Knox study combined with two years of more specialized study at a cooperating institution. Students interested in cooperative programs should consult early in their careers with the advisors listed below.

     Engineering: Prof. Moses
     Forestry/Environmental Management: Prof. Allison
     George Washington University Early Selection Program (Pre-Med): Associate Dean Schroeder, Ms. Shroyer
     Law: Prof. Sunderland
     Nursing: Prof. Thorn, Ms. Shroyer
     Occupational Therapy: Prof. Thorn, Ms. Shroyer
     Optometry: Prof. Thorn, Ms. Shroyer


George Washington Gale Scholars Program

Knox College, Carl Sandburg College, and Galesburg School District 205 sponsor the George Washington Gale Scholars Program. Gale Scholars are a group of high-potential, high risk middle-school students involved in a 4-year program that provides special counseling and educational planning to augment their high school experience and encourage college attendance. After graduating high school, Gale Scholars attend Carl Sandburg College to earn an A.A. degree, and transfer to Knox to complete their B.A. Knox students participate as tutors, summer program counselors and in other capacities in the Gale Scholars program.

Graduate and Special Fellowship Advisors

Knox students are encouraged to consider applying for national fellowships for graduate and post-baccalaureate study. Except as noted below, Dr. Mariangela Maguire, Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study, serves as special advisor for these programs and interested students are encouraged to contact her early in their academic careers.

     Fulbright   Dr. Maquire
     Marshall   Dr. Maquire
     Mellon    Dr. Maquire
     National Science Foundation:
            Prof. Jones-Rhoades (Natural Science)
             Prof. Breitborde (Social Science)
     Rhodes   Dr. Maquire
     Others    Dr. Maquire

Green Oaks Term

In Spring 2002, the College introduced the Green Oaks Term, a residential interdisciplinary off-campus program at Green Oaks, Knox's 704-acre field station. The program involves a small group of students with majors in the sciences, social sciences and humanities in the exploration of ecological, cultural and historical, and aesthetic qualities of the landscape. Staffed by three faculty from departments in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Sciences, students have an intensive, 10-week experience, including sharing responsibility for cooking, cleaning and the stewardship of the field station. The College offers the Green Oaks Term every two to three years. Students participating in the program receive 3.5 credits. The courses are as follows; full descriptions may be found in the Courses of Study section of the Catalog under Environmental Studies.

      ENVS 282/382 Deep Maps of Place
       ENVS 283/383 Natural History of Green Oaks
      ENVS 284/384 The Natural Imagination
      ENVS 285 Dynamics of Intentional Community

There is no additional cost for students who are on both room and board. For other students, a program fee is calibrated to cover room and board expenses for the term. Financial aid eligibility and arrangements are the same as for on-campus study.

Sophomores, juniors or seniors of all academic persuasions are eligible. An applicant should have enough introductory work in biology, creative arts, or anthropology-sociology to enroll in at least one of the three courses 282-284 at the advanced (300) level.

Applications should be made to the program director in the month of November. Notifications of acceptance are mailed during December break. Profs. Allison and Adelsberger, Green Oaks Term Co-Directors.

Honors Program

Students may seek to graduate with College Honors through completion of a program of advanced independent study, producing a major piece of research or creative work. The Knox Honors Program has been recognized by graduate, law, and medical schools around the country as offering outstanding preparation for careers in research and the professions. It has been cited by the federal Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education as one of two model programs in the nation.

Honors may be undertaken as early as the junior year. Normally it is done in the senior year. Each candidate normally completes three credits (under no circumstances more than five) of advanced study, under the supervision and guidance of a faculty advisor and committee chosen by the student. Credit is only awarded for work done on campus. Courses undertaken for Honors may be either in addition to or in place of regular departmental requirements. At the end of the project, the student submits a thesis or creative portfolio and takes a final examination. The examination, which is oral, is given by the student's advisory committee, assisted by a scholar from another college or research university who has special knowledge of the student's field.

A candidate for College Honors must have the endorsement of his or her major department, (and of the department in which the work is done, if different from the major department). An applicant is expected to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or above. The final authority for approval to undertake College Honors rests with the Academic Standing Committee. Applications may be submitted to the Associate Dean of the College in the third term of the junior year but must be submitted no later than the following September (exact date announced annually by the Associate Dean). Application forms are available from the Office of the Registrar.

Independent Study

Independent study is used to enrich Knox's academic program by providing students with opportunities for study that cannot be pursued in regular courses. While all students who would benefit from independent study are encouraged to pursue it, this opportunity may be limited by the faculty's obligations to the regular offerings of the College. Hence, independent study may not be used to duplicate in whole or in part courses regularly offered, nor may it be used for introductory work of any kind.

A student discusses the proposed plan of study thoroughly with the faculty supervisor. Once that faculty member has agreed to direct the project, the student works out a final application. Enrollment in independent study can be done by the student on the web at the Registrar's site, accompanied by the signed consent of the supervising faculty member, using a form obtainable from the Registrar's Office.

Independent study pursued "off-term," i.e., during vacation periods or when the student is not regularly enrolled for the term, must have the approval of the Associate Dean of the College. The deadline for such applications is registration day of any regular term or December break, and in May for the summer, as noted in the Academic Calendar. Off-term independent study work is due by the last day of examinations of the term during which it is undertaken and by Fall Registration Day for summer work. The usual procedures for incompletes or dropping the course apply.

International Summer Program in Management

In 2005, Knox became an affiliated College with the International Summer Program in Management, operated jointly by the University of Michigan-Dearborn School of Management and the University of Padua (Italy) School of Economics and Business, and located at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. This program teaches about recent business trends in a cross-cultural setting. Courses for summer 2013 are: Entrepreneurial Marketing, Management Skills Development, and International Accounting. Coursework is transferable to Knox. For more information, see Prof. Spittell.


Knox College encourages students who are interested in working and learning with an off-campus organization to pursue internships. Such internships often prove of great value for students who are preparing for careers or who intend to undertake further study in graduate or professional school. Interested students should contact the Bastian Family Career Center.

The following partial list of those institutions that sponsored internships for Knox students during 2015-16 provides an idea of the range of experiences covered by the internship program:

   Clinical Psychology Intern-Bradley University - Peoria, IL
   Intern-Knox College Office of Communications and Admissions – Galesburg, IL
   Sitka Salmon Intern – Sitka, AK
   Intern – Cook County Juvenile Probation Department – Chicago, IL
   News Intern – New Jersey Star-Ledger – Woodbridge, NJ
   Intern – Parmarth Niketan Ashram – Rishikesh, India
   Intern with Dell-Compellent – Eden Prairie, MN
   Intern – Residential Life at Brown University – Providence, RI
   Summer Reading Intern – Palatine Public Library – Palatine, IL
   Software Development Intern – EPIC – Madison, WI
   Central Caribbean Marine Institute Intern, Little Cayman Research Center – Little Cayman
   Editorial Intern – Curbside Splendor Publishing – Chicago, IL
   Operations Intern – RevoluSun – Burlington, MA
   Administrative Intern-Music Therapy – Institute for Therapy for the Arts – Evanston, IL
   Aldermanic Aide Intern for Alderman Margaret Laurino’s 39 th Ward Office – City of Chicago – Chicago, IL
   Intern-Fundacion Solar – Guatemala City, Guatemala
   Secure and Privacy Perserving Cyber Physical Systems Intern – Tennessee Tech University – Cookeville, TN
   Summer Intern – Kartemquin Films – Chicago, IL
   Summer Intern – Project Exploration – Chicago, IL
   Product Data Management Intern-Equipment and Furnishings – Medline Industries, INC. – Mundelein, IL
   Undergraduate Research Intern – Chicago Botanic Garden – Glencoe, IL
   Intern – The Compass Program – Springfield, IL
   Intern – Kwiaht: Center for Historical Ecology – San Juan Islands, WA
   Farm and Food Systems Intern – SaGE Sammamish Valley Student Farm – Seattle, WA
   Summer Intern – Arts of the Armory – Somerville, MA
   Intern/Translator – Petersen Museum/Front Porch-Los Angeles, CA
   Summer Intern – Parmarth Niketan Ashram – Rishikesh, India
   Undergraduate Research Intern – Keck Graduate Institute – Claremont, CA
   Marketing Intern – Kemper Insurance – Chicago, IL
   Intern – Stage Left Theatre – Chicago, IL
   Intern – Wediko Children’s Services – Windsor, NH
   Software Developer Intern- Applied Systems Inc. - University Park, IL
   Intern – Will Country Courthouse – Joliet, IL
   Software Engineer Intern – Ticketmaster – Rolling Meadows, IL
   Intern – Markit – New York City, NY
   Production Intern – Tube Creative – Atlanta, GA
   Lab Intern – Elantas P.D.G. Inc. St. Louis, MO
   Intern – Societe Generale – Seoul, South Korea
   Intern – Connections Marketing – Chicago, IL
   Intern – Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children – Restauracion, Dominican Republic
   Editorial Intern – PRI’s the World – Boston, MA
   Camp Compass Intern – Family Service Center – Springfield, IL
   Intern – Parmarth Niketan Ashram – Rishikesh, India
   Intern – Lookout Mountain Conservancy – Chattanooga, TN
   Accounting/Administration Intern – Velmark Health Services – Pharr, TX
   Student Intern – Los Alamos National Laboratory – Los Alamos, NM
   Intern – Walz, Palmer, and Dawson – Rolling Meadows, IL
   Intern – RK Steel – Denver, CO
   Intern - Soundscape Records – Chicago, IL
   Intern – Youth 4 African Wildlife – Johannesburg
   Economic Intern - Coherent Economics LLC – Highland Park, IL
   Service Intern – Parmarth Niketan Ashram – Rishikesh, India
   Neuroscience Research Intern – DAAD RISE German Exchange Program – Berlin, Germany
   Intern - American Indian Center of Chicago – Chicago, IL
   Editorial Intern – SpaceNews – Washington, D.C.
   Assistant Archeaologist – Dhiban 2015 Dig– Dhiban, Jordan
   Hydraulic Systems Technician – Master Hydraulics – Schaumburg, IL
   Trainer – Acceleration Sports Performance – Naperville, IL
   Intern/Productions Assistant – Two Cats Productions – New York City, NY
   Intern – Vietnam Centre for Econ & Policy Research – Hanoi, Vietnam
   Game Designer – Apostek – Bangalore, India
   Intern – Office of the Attorney General – Chicago, IL
   Research Assistant – Visual Perception Laboratory at Charite Universitatsmedizin Berlin – Berlin, Germany
   Excavation Assistant – Institute of Field Research – Wales
   Fish Processor – North Pacific Seafoods – Kvichak Bay, AK
   Intern - HotSpot App Start-up – Madison, WI

In addition, members of the Knox faculty commonly supervise student internships with other social agencies and businesses in Western Illinois (including radio stations and public relations firms), and also with historical societies and medical laboratories.

Internships for course credit may be taken in the summer or during a regular academic term. In addition, the Bastian Family Career Center sponsors paid and unpaid internships that do not confer academic credit. Students interested in the internship program who wish to earn credit should plan the experience in advance, working closely with a faculty supervisor. In addition to field work, additional academic work and a major paper are usually required. Internship courses may be graded S-U or on the conventional A-F scale. Some departments offer internships as part of the regular course listings; others treat them as special courses. Ms. Saline, Internship Coordinator.

Japan Term

Japan Term is an integrated set of Fall Term courses combined with a December break study trip to Japan. It is designed to provide students with intense study of Japanese language, culture, and society. Students enroll in a Japanese language course, courses in Japanese history, religion and culture, together with a 1/2-credit course IIS 240 Japan Term I. This course consists of weekly meetings to prepare students for travel in Japan and to help students design study projects during the December break trip. Students will also have the option to enroll in an additional 1/2-credit course IIS 241 Japan Term II during the Winter Term, providing opportunities for students to complete longer research and creative projects from their experience. A special program fee covering airfare, housing in Japan, group travel within Japan, a modest stipend for meals, and special event costs will be assessed. Offered alternating years. Professors M. Schneider, and Young, Co-Directors.

Kemper Scholars Program

In 2002 Knox was selected to join a small group of institutions nationwide who participate in the Kemper Scholars Program. Operated by the James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago, the program is meant to encourage outstanding students in the liberal arts to gain experience, contacts, and training, potentially leading to careers in administration or business. One new Kemper Scholar is selected each year from the first-year class. The selected Scholar receives an annual scholarship of between $3000 and $10,000 during each of the sophomore, junior, and senior years; $6,900 stipend for an internship in Chicago and participate in Kemper Scholars Program activities during the summer following the sophomore year; and after the junior year, Scholars receive a paid internship in the insurance industry, in one of a wide variety of fields in cities around the United States. Prof. Spittell, Campus Coordinator.


In the Fall of 2012, Knox College and the Galesburg Community Foundation (GCF) launched KnoxCorps, an innovative community engagement initiative that connects Knox students and recent graduates with Galesburg area non-profit agencies and entrepreneurial projects. Graduate Fellows are placed with organizations for approximately 10 months, receive a stipend, and support and staff important community initiatives. Undergraduate participants make a two-year commitment for at least eight hours per week. In addition to their service, undergraduates meet weekly with the KnoxCorps Graduate Fellows to develop skills and exchange ideas. Ms. Heartlein, Program Coordinator.

Lincoln Studies Center

To honor Knox's Lincoln connections and to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the life and work of Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln Studies Center was established in 1997. The Center is engaged in research projects, publications, public events and occasional classroom instruction. These projects include a new edition of William A. Herndon's 1889 biography of Lincoln, which appeared in 2006 as the inaugural volume of the Knox College Lincoln Studies Center Monograph Series (University of Illinois Press). The Center also co-sponsors the Lincoln Colloquium, an annual national presentation by leading Lincoln scholars; every four years the colloquium is held on the Knox campus. In addition to its research and writing projects, the Center has participated in the production of a video commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas debate held on the Knox campus, which was distributed nationally on Public Broadcast System stations. Student research assistants and summer interns are regularly employed to work on the Center's projects. Prof. Wilson and Prof. R. Davis, Co-Directors.

Ronald E. McNair Program

Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the McNair program encourages students from under-represented groups to prepare for academic careers. McNair Fellows participate in special career-focused seminars, receive special counseling, and are supported for summer research experiences. Admission to the McNair program is by competitive application. Mr. Crider, Director.

Open Studio

Open Studio is the capstone experience of the Knox Studio Art major. Seniors spend winter term developing a body of work in an intensive environment of support and critical dialogue with faculty and peers. In addition to 6 hours of critiques and discussion weekly, each senior is assigned a faculty mentor with whom they meet regularly. A series of workshops provides the professional skill needed by artists: writing artists statements, developing presentations, hanging exhibits, website development, photographing art, etc. The course culminates with senior exhibits during spring term. Prof. Holmes, Chair, Department of Art and Art History.

Peace Corps Preparatory Program

In 2007, Knox College became the first college in the nation to enter into an agreement with the United States Peace Corps to create a Peace Corps Preparatory Program. Through this program, Knox and the Peace Corps aim to better equip students for international service and widen the pool of qualified candidates for the Peace Corps’ rigorous application process. Knox’s Peace Corps Preparatory Program boasts many successful graduates and now serves as a model for other colleges and universities. For the last three years, Knox has been listed among the "Top Colleges" by the Peace Corps for institutions producing Peace Corps volunteers.

Students majoring in any field may apply to the program. Most students will apply during their sophomore years. All participants are expected to complete the requirements of the Peace Corps Prep program, preferably by the beginning of the senior year, which include: second language study, sector-specific coursework, leadership experience, and global competency coursework. In addition, participants must enhance their preparation through off-campus study, community service, internships, or other approved experiences.

Completion of the Peace Corps Prep Program does not guarantee that applicants will be accepted as volunteers. However, the specialized curriculum and experiences help students become strong candidates for Peace Corps and other international service organizations. Brenda Tooley, Director, Stellyes Center for Global Studies.

Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship program is designed to provide a special opportunity for a limited number of Knox students to complete additional academic work immediately after graduation, combined with a project which helps strengthen the educational programs of the College. In the past some students have taken courses in areas of the curriculum that they did not have the opportunity to pursue while earning their B.A., or which strengthen their preparation for graduate and professional school. In addition, these students have completed an array of campus projects, including, for example, serving as a teaching or department assistant, updating the catalog of the College's art history slide collection, curating parts of Knox's natural history collections, assisting faculty members in their laboratory research, and designing a departmental web page.

Post-Baccalaureate Fellows receive a waiver of tuition for four academic courses. Grades for courses completed while on a Post-Baccalaureate fellowship appear on the Knox transcript but do not alter the student's Bachelor's degree. All other costs (room and board, if requested) are the student's responsibilities. More information on the Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship program is available from the Office of the Dean of the College.

Pre-Professional Advising

Several faculty and staff serve as special advisors for pre-professional areas of study. Students with particular career interests should discuss their plans with the pre-professional advisors and with the Director of the Bastian Family Career Center. These individuals assist students in formulating their plans; they do not substitute for the student's regular faculty advisor.

      Architecture:  Prof. Gilbert
      Business Administration:  Prof. Spittell
      Dentistry:  Prof. Thorn, Ms. Shroyer
      Engineering:  Prof. Moses
      Government:  Prof. Civettini
      Journalism:  Prof. Dyer
      Law:   Prof. Sunderland
      Medicine:  Prof. Thorn, Ms. Shroyer
      Nursing and Allied Health Sciences: Prof. Thorn
      Occupational Therapy: Prof. Thorn, Ms. Shroyer
      Optometry:  Prof. Thorn, Ms. Shroyer
      Religious Vocations:  Prof. Thrall
      Social Work:  Prof. Oldfield
      Veterinary Medicine:  Prof. Thorn, Ms. Shroyer

Quick Start Language Instruction

Initially established through a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education, "Quick Start" is an innovative introductory beginning language program integrating grammar and cultural studies on the Knox campus with a short intensive course abroad. The goals of the program are (1) to prepare students for an active personal and professional life within the emerging global economy; (2) to give them a broad feel for how the study of language is, in fact, the study of an entire historical and cultural context; (3) to give the students a sound footing for their continued language study; and (4) to motivate and prepare students for a longer-term study of language both within language classes and in others as well. The program began in the 1995-96 academic year with German; in 1996-97, the program included Spanish; in 1997-98, French was added, with expansion to other languages possible in subsequent years. See entries under these languages in "Courses of Study." Quick Start is not offered in each language every year. Prof. Gómez, Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Repertory Theatre Term

Since 1970, the Knox Theatre department has offered Repertory Theatre Term every three years. Rep Term students spend an entire ten-week term researching, designing, rehearsing and performing in two full-length plays. The term includes in-depth academic work on the historical and literary periods of the plays, and on other playwrights and plays from those periods, plus training in voice and movement, as well as immersive experiential learning through work on all aspects of the two productions. Rep Term is open to majors from any department in the college. Prof. Carlin Metz, Chair, Department of Theatre.

Richter Memorial Scholarships Program

Students can apply for funding to support an Honors project, senior research, independent research, an experiential learning project, and travel costs to present at a professional conference. Any student in any discipline is eligible to apply for funds from the Richter program. Application forms are available online under the Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study.

Startup Term

StartUp Term is an intensive immersion experience where students work in teams on an entrepreneurial business plan and product in a professional work environment. Students attend daily status meetings (“standup meetings”), demonstrate progress at weekly milestone presentations, and give a “pitch” at the end of the term to a panel of judges who will weigh the merits of their proposal. Ideally, students will also deliver at least an alpha version of their product or service at the end of the term. Entrepreneurship is broadly construed to include social entrepreneurship and other types of non-profit work.

Student Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships allow highly qualified students to work closely with individual professors in course management and development. Responsibilities can entail a range of supportive assignments, including assistance with classroom instruction, facilitating discussions, evaluation of student work, organizing and preparing course materials, and maintaining classroom facilities.

At Knox, Teaching Assistants never take the place of their mentoring professors. Arranged at the discretion of individual faculty members, Teaching Assistantships are incorporated into certain courses only when they will enhance academic instruction and student learning. Teaching Assistantships provide students with a number of important and unique opportunities. Working under the close supervision of a faculty member further strengthens the TA's knowledge and skill in a particular subject area. Assisting professors with their pedagogical and academic endeavors also serves as an important and widely recognized preparation for graduate schools and professional careers.

Study Abroad and Other Off-Campus Study Programs

Australia and the Pacific Islands
Polynesian Islands
Czech Republic
Argentina-Buenos Aires
Botswana: Culture and Society in Africa (An ACM Program)
Cameroon: Arts and Culture in West Africa
South Africa: Multiculturalism and Human Rights
Tanzania: Ecology and Human Origins(An ACM Program)
Buddhist Studies (An AEA Program)
China Studies Institute, Beijing
Shanghai: Perspectives on Contemporary China (An ACM Program)
India: Culture, Traditions, and Globalization (An ACM Program)
India: Development Studies and Hindi Language (An ACM Program)
Japan Study (An ACM/GLCA Program)
Akita International University Exchange Program
Jordan: Middle East and Arabic Language Studies (An ACM Program)
Jordan: Area and Arabic Language Studies (AMIDEAST)
Kansai Gaidai Asian Studies Program
Thailand: International Sustainable Development Studies Institute
Denmark: Denmark's International Study Program
London and Florence: Arts in Context (An ACM Program)
England: London Semester (An IES Program)
Roger Williams University London Program
London School of Economics
England: Oxford Semester (An IES Program)
England and Spain: Sport and Globalization
England: Foundation for International Education
England: University of Reading
England: DeMontfort University
Ireland: Dublin Programs
Scotland: University of St. Andrews
Germany: Humboldt University, Berlin (An IES Program)
Germany: Flensburg (A Reciprocal Exchange Program)
Germany: German & European Studies in Berlin
Greece: College Year in Athens
Hungary: Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
Italy: Florence Semester (An ACM Program)
Italy: Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome
Europe: Comparative Women's Studies
Brazil Exchange Program(An ACM Program)
Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, and the Environment(An ACM Program)
Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities(An ACM Program)
Socio-Cultural Field Research in Guatemala
Argonne Science Semester
ACM Chicago Programs
Newberry Library Program in the Humanities (ACM/GLCA Programs)
Oak Ridge Science Semester (An ACM/GLCA Program)
SEA Semester Field Programs in Marine and Environmental Studies
Washington Semester – American University
Student Initiated Programs

Knox encourages participation in off-campus programs, both abroad and in the United States, when such study enhances a student's liberal education. The College provides a wide-range of off-campus study opportunities to meet the varied needs of its students.

Knox offers three off-campus programs of its own (Knox Programs): one in Besançon, France, one in Barcelona, Spain and one in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Knox also offers three bilateral exchange programs (Flensburg University, Akita International University, and Kansai Gaidai). Knox also offers an array of programs (Pre-Approved Programs) in other parts of the country and the world through its affiliation with other colleges and program providers. In addition, students may make arrangements to enroll in programs other than those listed in this section of the catalog (Student Initiated Programs).

All applicants for off-campus study must submit a two-part application. The first part is a Knox application for approval for off-campus study and the second part is the program-specific application. Both parts along with a minimum of two faculty recommendations, and a transcript, must be submitted to the Stellyes Center for Global Studies. The Center's Off-Campus Study Committee and the program advisors review the applications.

Evaluation of applications focuses on the extent to which participation in an off-campus program is demonstrably central to the student's academic program. In the application, a student should explain in what ways the student is prepared academically and culturally for the program and why participation would improve the student’s liberal arts education. Approval of off-campus study is based on merit, including the quality of the student’s overall academic program, the student’s specific preparation for the program and the quality and persuasiveness of the application.

Students wishing to participate in an off-campus program are advised to plan their schedules well in advance in order to complete relevant coursework including the prerequisites for the program (listed with each program description). Planning ahead also allows students to complete the requirements for graduation, including majors, in a timely manner after returning to Knox.

Students normally earn a maximum of 3 credits for a trimester, 4.5 for a semester, or 9 credits for a year program. For the Knox Barcelona and Buenos Aires programs, students are permitted to enroll in up to 4 credits without overload during one trimester of the program. In order to earn their full amount of credit, students are expected to enroll in what the program defines as a full-time load, usually the equivalent of 15 semester hours for semester programs. Exceptions are indicated in the program descriptions below. Students who enroll for less than a full-time load are not entitled to a partial refund.

Credits applied toward a major or minor must be approved by the chair of the major/minor program and the Registrar. Approval for off-campus study is granted with the understanding that Knox is not responsible for any academic difficulties students may encounter while studying elsewhere, or for alterations in programs that make it difficult for students to earn as many credits as they like. Students are expected to be in good academic standing to be eligible for off-campus study.

Credits and grades earned on off-campus programs are included on a student's Knox record when evidence that the student has successfully completed the program is received by the Registrar. Grades from off-campus programs are not calculated into the student's grade point average.

Students who receive approval to study off-campus are, if they regularly receive financial aid awards, eligible for assistance to study off-campus. Specific questions as to the amount of their eligibility should be addressed to the Director of Financial Aid. Due to credit differences between semesters and trimesters, study abroad during the Fall semester is much more costly than at any other time of the year.

Knox Application Deadlines

Knox Programs
     Barcelona, Besançon, Buenos Aires     February 1

Pre-Approved Programs
    ACM Japan Study and Oxford                      December 15
    All other programs                                  February 1

Student Initiated Petitions                                     December 1

Programs Organized by Theme or Relevant Major

The following programs are organized on the basis of their primary thematic focus; however many programs provide some flexibility with regard to a student’s choice of an independent research project. In some cases, specific themes change from year to year. Students should not rely completely on this list but should review a program’s components to determine what opportunities each may present.

Knox Approved programs are indicated with an asterisk (*). Recent student-initiated programs are also listed.

Art/Art History

*Cameroon Arts and Culture in West Africa (Carleton)
*Chicago Arts, Entrepreneurship & Urban Studies (ACM)
*England London/Courtauld Institute of Art (IES)
*England London The Slade School of Fine Art (IES/Contemporary Art)
*England/Italy London/Florence: Arts in Context (ACM)
*Italy Florence: Italian Renaissance Studies (ACM)
Italy Rome Winter Quarter(IES)


*Chicago Arts, Entrepreneurship and Society (ACM)
*Denmark International Business (DIS)
*England University of Reading (ISA)
*England DeMontford University
*England London School of Economics
*Germany Europa-Universität Flensburg Exchange
Germany European Union (IES)
*Ireland Dublin: Trinity College (IES)
*Washington DC Washington Semester: Global Economics & Business

Classical Studies

*Greece College Year in Athens (CYA)
*Italy Intercollegiate Classical Studies in Rome (Duke)

Creative Writing

*Chicago Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Society (ACM)
*Ireland Dublin Writers Program (IES)
New Zealand Victoria University of Wellington(Arcadia)


*Botswana Development in Southern Africa (ACM)
*Cameroon Community Development (Carleton)
*India Development Studies and Hindi Language (ACM)
*South Africa Multiculturalism and Human Rights (SIT)
*Washington DC Sustainable Development Washington Semester (American University)

Environmental Studies/ Ecology/ Sustainability

*Australia Rainforest Studies (School for Field Studies)
*Caribbean Colonization to Conservation in the Carribean (S.E.A.)
*Costa Rica Field Research in the Environment, Social Science, and the Humanities (ACM)
*Polynesian Islands Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Islands, Cultures, and Ecosystems (S.E.A.)
*Tanzania Tanzania: Studies in Human Evolution and Ecology (ACM)
*Thailand People, Ecology, and Development (International Sustainable Studies Institute)
*Various sites Oceans and Climate (S.E.A.)

Field Research/Research

*Australia Rainforest Studies (School for Field Studies)
*Costa Rica
Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities (ACM)
*Guatemala Socio-Cultural Field Research in Guatemala (Carleton College)
*Tanzania Tanzania: Studies in Human Evolution and Ecology (ACM)
*Various sites Ocean Exploration / Atlantic or Pacific Ocean (SEA)
United States
    *Argonne Argonne Science Semester at the National Lab
    *Newberry Library Independent research project in the Humanities (ACM)
    *Oak Ridge Oak Ridge National Lab – biology, engineering, math, physical science (ACM)

Gender and Women’s Studies

*Denmark Gender and Sexuality Studies (DIS)
*Denmark Prostitution and the Sex Trade (DIS)
Europe Comparative Gender and Women’s Studies (Carleton)


*Buenos Aires Knox College Program in Buenos Aires
*Denmark Communication (DIS)
Morocco Field Studies in Journalism & New Media (SIT)
*Washington DC Journalism & New Media Washington Semester, American University

Language, Literature and Culture

*Argentina Knox College program in Buenos Aires
*China China Studies Institute Beijing
*Czech Republic Prague: History, Culture, & Politics at Charles University (ISA)
*England DeMontfort University
*England University of Reading (ISA)
*France Knox College Program in Besançon
*Germany Humboldt University in Berlin (IES)
*Germany Europa-Universität Flensburg exchange
*Germany German and European Studies (Carleton College)
*Ireland Dublin City University (IES)
*Ireland Dublin: Trinity College (IES)
*Ireland Dublin Irish Studies (IES)
*India Culture, Traditions, and Globalization (ACM)
*Japan Waseda (ACM), Kansai Gaidai, Akita Exchange
*Jordan Middle East and Arabic Language (ACM/AMIDEAST)
*South Africa Multiculturalism and Human Rights (SIT)
*Spain Knox College Program in Barcelona
*USA Newberry Library Independent Research Project / Humanities (ACM)


*Hungary Budapest Semester in Math (St. Olaf College)


*Denmark Biomedicine (DIS)
*Denmark Medical Practice and Policy (DIS)
*England Health Practice and Policy (DIS)


Austria Vienna Music Program (IES)
*Cameroon Arts and Culture in West Africa (Carleton)

Open Curriculum/Direct Enroll

*Botswana University of Botswana (ACM)
*England Various universities in London (IES)
*England Oxford/St. Catherine’s (IES)
*England DeMontfort University
*England University of Reading
*Germany Europa-Universität Flensburg exchange
*Ireland Various universities in Dublin (IES)
*Scotland University of St. Andrews

Politics/Law/Public Policy

*Czech Republic Prague: History, Culture, & Politics at Charles University (ISA)
*Denmark European Politics (DIS)
Germany European Union (IES)
*Jordan Middle East and Arabic Language (ACM/AMIDEAST)
Switzerland International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy (SIT)
*Washington DC
    American Politics Washington Semester, American University
    Foreign Policy Washington Semester, American University
    International Law and Organizations Washington Semester, American University
    Public Law Washington Semester, American University

Religious Studies

*India Buddhist Studies (Carleton)
*Japan Japan and its Buddhist Traditions (Antioch)
*Scotland St. Andrews Divinity School


*Costa Rica Field Research in the Environment, Social science, and the Humanities (ACM)
*Denmark Biotechnology, Biomedicine, Medical ...(DIS)
*Denmark Computer Science (DIS)
*Denmark Psychology/Neuroscience (DIS)
*Hungary Computer Science, Internships included (AIT)
*Scotland University of St. Andrews
*Argonne, IL Argonne National Lab Research Teams (stipend included)
*Oak Ridge, TN Science Semester

Social Justice

*Argentina Knox College Program in Argentina
*Chicago Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies (ACM)
*South Africa Multiculturalism and Human Rights (SIT)
Mexico Mexico Solidarity Network

Sports Studies

*London/Italy Sports and Globalization in London and Seville (Carleton College)


*England Theatre in London, Roger Williams University
*Ireland Dublin Gaiety School of Acting (IES)
*Chicago Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies (ACM)

Knox College Programs


The Knox program is the principal American program at the Université de Franche Comté . Besançon is a city of 116,353 people, with 20,000 students at the University. Participants take courses for foreign students in language and culture at the Centre de Linguistique Appliquée, plus several courses chosen from the regular University curriculum to meet individual needs. All courses are taught in French by the Université de Franche Comté professors. Students with majors other than French may continue study in their major fields. All students stay with French families for the October orientation period, then live during the year or trimester in University dormitories with French and other foreign students. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing with good academic record; a minimum of two 200-level French courses or equivalent. Credits: 3 or 3.5 for one trimester (fall or spring), 6 to 7 for two trimesters (fall and winter or winter and spring), 9 to 10.5 for the academic year. Period: the academic year, fall, fall-winter, winter-spring. On-campus director Prof. Steinberg.


Knox, in cooperation with the University of Barcelona, offers academic study in language, the humanities and the social sciences. Students pursue a combination of courses, all taught in Spanish by professors from the University of Barcelona. Some of the courses are fitted to the particular needs of program students; other courses are from the regular University curriculum offered to Spanish students. All students live in the homes of Spanish families in Barcelona. The program has a two-week trip throughout southern Spain during Winter Break as well as other shorter educational field trips. Prerequisite: three 200-level courses in Spanish and good academic standing; preference given to juniors and seniors. Credits: 9 or 10 for the one-year program, 6 or 7 for two trimesters, 3 or 4 for one trimester. Students are permitted to enroll in up to 4 credits without overload during one trimester of the program. Period: the academic year; two trimesters (fall-winter or winter-spring); or any one trimester. On-campus director: Prof. Dixon-Montgomery. On-site director: Prof. Prado (Fall), Prof. Ragan (Winter/Spring).

Courses offered:
   HIST 315, HIST 317 History of Europe and Spain I, II
   PS 346 Society and Politics in Europe Today
   PS 347 Democracy in Spain
   SPAN 240, SPAN 241 Spanish Syntax and Composition I, II
   SPAN 303 Contemporary Spanish Novel
   SPAN 313 Contemporary Spain
   SPAN 323 Language and Culture
   SPAN 323A Written Texts Workshop
   SPAN 338 Barcelona in the Spanish Novel
   SPAN 361 Spanish Cinema
   SPAN 363 Contemporary Spanish Theatre

Argentina-Buenos Aires

In cooperation with the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Knox offers a trimester of accredited academic study specially designed to emphasize the social sciences and language. Distinctive features of the program are its social justice outlook, its concentration on the southern cone of South America, and its direct enrollment in courses alongside other University of Palermo students. Courses are taught in Spanish by University of Palermo professors. The program includes field trips to Iguazu, Puerto Madryn and/or Perito Moreno Glacier Park. Shorter educational trips to NGO's and social justice groups are arranged throughout the term as well. All students live in the homes of Argentine families in Buenos Aires. Prerequisite: three 200-level courses in Spanish and good academic standing; preference given to juniors and seniors. Credits: 3 Fall trimester. Students are permitted to enroll in up to 4 credits without overload. On-site coordinator: Alejandra Vassallo. On-site director: Prof. Foster. (Both have been with Knox over 15 years.)

Courses Offered:
   ANSO 202 Culture & Society in Argentina
   ART 324 Latin American Art
   HIST 314 Modern Latin America
   HIST 332 Evolution of Argentine Society
   JOUR 234 Radio Workshop
   PS 331 Politics and Government in Latin America
   PS/LAST 343 Argentine Society, Social Thought, and Culture
   SPAN 239, 241 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition I and II
   SPAN 312 Latin American Literature
   SPAN 333 Social Cinema of Argentina

Pre-Approved Programs

Many of the approved programs are organized by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) of which Knox is a member, or by the ACM in cooperation with the Great Lakes College Association (GLCA). Others are organized by the Institute of European Studies (IES), of which Knox is an affiliated member, or by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). A strong preference is given to students with junior standing unless otherwise stated. Most course work is at the advanced level. With departmental approval, a student may substitute appropriate courses for major requirements. Additional information on each program is available from each program advisor.

A list and description of pre-approved programs organized geographically follows.


Botswana: Development in Southern Africa (ACM)

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest offers a program focusing on social, economic, and political development in southern Africa. The program will pay particular attention to the politics and social structure of contemporary Botswana and its place in the south African regional economic and political systems, and will offer language instruction in Setswana. Each student completes an independent study project under the direction of the Program Director or a member of the University of Botswana faculty, which will include significant field observation. Students will either stay with host families or will live in University of Botswana graduate student dormitories. Credit: 4.5. Period: one semester (Winter/Spring, January - mid-May). Program advisor: Prof. Beers.

Cameroon: Arts and Culture in West Africa (Antioch/Carleton)

This program allows students to pursue artistic studies in the context of a personalized nine-week apprenticeship with a local expert in their field. Following consultations with the program director, each student chooses two arts disciplines from a list of possibilities including but not limited to: bala (precursor to the xylophone), blacksmithing, bronze metal casting, costume or fashion design, dance, drama, drumming (djembe, dunun, ntamanin), horizontal handloom weaving, jeli ngoni (precursor to the banjo), jewelry crafts, kamalen ngoni (8-10-stringed harp lute), kora (21-stringed harp), leatherworking, musical instrument fabrication, pottery, puppetry, soku (single-stringed fiddle), textile dyeing (bogolan mud-cloth and/or indigo), vocals, and wood sculpture. Students learn through imitation, aural recall, and improvisation. The program is divided into four stages. During stage one (three weeks) students live together, receiving intensive Malinke language instruction in the morning and participating in orientation classes in the afternoon. During stage two (nine weeks), students live with their artistic mentor, receiving two to three hours of instruction time per day, then practicing, observing, and socializing with family members. Stage three is a ten-day study trip to the Mande region. Finally, stage four involves a reunion of course participants and independent project presentations. Students receive credit for the following courses: ARTS 310 Apprenticeship / Arts Practicum, ANTH 350 Traditional and Modern Perspectives on West African Culture, ARTS 210 Mande Aesthetic Traditions, Malinke or French at Beginner or Intermediate level. Credit 4.5. Program advisor: Prof. J. Smith

South Africa: Multiculturalism and Human Rights (SIT)
The Multiculturalism and Human Rights program focuses on South Africa’s ethnic diversity. In a typical semester, students complete four homestays in Cape Town — each providing the opportunity to meet and interact with South Africans from different geographic and ethnic backgrounds. The strong emphasis on the homestay as experiential learning complements lectures, discussions, field-based assignments, and excursions to provide a multidisciplinary analysis of the country. Students gain lessons on the historical background of South Africa's apartheid system, an insight into socio-cultural issues and an understanding of the political, economic, and social structure future of South Africa. Period: Spring Semester. 4.5 credits. Program Advisor: Prof. Oldfield

Tanzania: Ecology and Human Origins(ACM)
The Tanzania program offers undergraduates an unusual opportunity to conduct field work in some of the world's greatest paleoanthropological and ecological sites. Students divide their time between the University of Dar es Salaam and the Northern Region of Tanzania. At the University they take courses in intensive Swahili, human evolution and the ecology of the Serengeti while developing a research topic. For the next six weeks, students live in tent camps and pursue individual field projects in the Serengeti/Ngorongoro area before returning to the University for final work on their projects. The program is both physically and academically demanding, and only well-qualified students are selected. Recommended preparation includes coursework in biology (including ecology) and anthropology (including human evolution). Coursework that addresses African history and culture is also useful. Credit: 4.5. Period: Fall semester. Program advisors: Prof. Mountjoy and Prof. Templeton.


Buddhist Studies (Antioch/Carleton)

The Buddhist Studies program is located in Bodh Gaya, India, the small north Indian town where the prince-ascetic Gotama became the fully enlightened Buddha. The program weaves the diverse resources of Bodh Gaya into a three-month study program. Emphasis is placed on a comparative approach to both theory and practice, so that participants may reach their own understanding of that essence common to all varieties of Buddhism, while learning to appreciate the many cultural and historical environments in which it has flourished. The program consists of three core courses--Buddhist Philosophy, History of South Asian, Buddhism and Contemporary Buddhist Culture-language instruction in Hindi or Tibetan, a meditation practicum and field research on selected topics. Students are expected to enroll in 4 courses to earn full credit. Prerequisite: one course in Buddhist studies (HIST 141, HIST 142, PHIL 205). Credit: 4.5 (equivalent of 15 or more semester hours). Period: Fall semester. Program advisor: Prof. Thrall.

China Studies Institute, Beijing

This program, housed within the Beijing University campus, is designed to meet the diverse needs and interests of Knox students studying China. Single-semester and year-long study options are available. The program offers a general studies track that gives students the opportunity to combine Chinese language study with courses in history, US-China relations, political economy, sociology, art and literature, business and economics, and other areas of Chinese society. A distinct language-immersion track allows students to concentrate more exclusively on Chinese language study with a Chinese-Only pledge and in classes no more than five students. The program also provides an extensive internship program. Free study trips on weekends in the Beijing area are offered with Beijing University students. Also free of charge are a variety of two week long, major trips across China are woven into the program's calendar. Prerequisites: one year of Chinese language plus additional courses in Chinese studies. Credits: 4.5 (Fall or Spring semester) or 9 (year). Program advisors: Prof. Du and Ms. Shipplett.

Shanghai: Perspectives on Contemporary China (ACM)

This program is in partnership with East China Normal University (ECNU). The program opened in Fall 2015. The program is designed for students representing a variety of majors. There is no language prerequisite. Students will enroll in four courses: Chinese language, an Independent Study Project under the supervision of an ACM visiting faculty director, and two elective courses chosen from ECNU’s Global Curriculum and taught in English. Students with advanced proficiency in Chinese language may choose undergraduate courses that are open to international students in ECNU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students will live on ECNU’s historic Zhongbei campus in downtown Shanghai, in a residence hall for international students, and participate in activities and day trips sponsored by the Global Education Center. Fall Semester or Trimester. Credits: 4.5 or 3; Program advisor: Prof. Du

India: Culture, Traditions and Globalization(ACM)

The fall ACM India program, located in Pune, is designed to provide students with insight into these varied aspects of Indian culture and society today. The program begins in mid-August, with a three-week orientation, in which students begin an "Introduction to India" core course, study Marathi language intensively, and draw up a plan of research for their independent study projects. The regular term begins in early September, where students continue the core course and Marathi language, choose an elective, and begin to carry out their independent study projects. Students are also encouraged to volunteer with local organizations. Students live with Indian host families. Period: Fall Semester or Trimester. Credits 4.5 or 3. Program advisor: Prof. Pradhananga.

India: Development Studies and Hindi Language (ACM)

The winter/spring ACM India program is designed to provide students with insight into Indian culture and society through a wide-ranging exploration of issues related to development. There are two program options--a spring semester or a winter quarter/trimester. The program begins in January, and students will spend the first 11 weeks in Pune, taking classes focused on Indian culture, development issues in India, and Hindi language. For students doing the quarter/trimester option, this 11-week component in Pune constitutes the full program. Students doing the semester-length program spend an additional month in the city of Jaipur, continuing with intensive Hindi language studies and participating in a development studies practicum with a non-governmental organization (NGO). This month in Jaipur gives semester students the opportunity to experience a different region of India, looking at issues related to Indian society and development from a new perspective, and gaining practical experience with a local NGO. In both Pune and Jaipur, students live with Indian host families. Period: Spring semester or Winter trimester, 4.5 or 3 credits. Program advisor: Prof. Pradhananga.

Japan Study (ACM)

Students spend the academic year at Waseda University's School of International Studies (SILS) in Tokyo after a brief orientation providing intensive language practice and cultural discussions. In addition to required language study, electives may be chosen from a wide range of Asian studies courses taught in English. A family living experience in Tokyo provides an informal education in Japanese culture and is in many ways the dominant feature of the program, offering total immersion in the Japanese way of life. In March, a three week rural stay lets students experience another type of Japanese life. Prerequisite: Japanese 103. Some courses in Asian/Japanese studies are highly recommended. The options for attending the Japan Study Program include the academic year (mid-September to late July): 9 credits; Fall Semester (mid-September to early February): 4.5 credits; and Fall Semester with Cultural Practicum (mid-September to mid-March): 6 credits; Spring Semester (late February to late July): 4.5 credits. Program advisor: Prof. Matsuda.

Kansai Gaidai Exchange. Asian Studies Program

Kansai Gaidai is a private university in Osaka focusing on foreign language studies. This program provides international students with a means of exploring Japan and Asian studies through classroom instruction and interaction with Japanese people. Japanese language courses range from the introductory through the advanced levels. All courses, except for Japanese language courses, are taught in English. Homestay is available. The program includes a three-day orientation program in which students stay in the dormitories and learn about academics, immigration procedures and basic Japanese culture. Other features are a multitude of extracurricular activities, a speaking partner program and the Experience Japan program. Prerequisite: Japanese language courses recommended, though not required. Credits: 4.5 per semester (equivalent of 15 semester hours). Period: One semester (Fall or Spring) or one year. Program advisor: Prof. Matsuda.

Akita International University Exchange.

AIU is the first and only national liberal arts institution in Japan. AIU has a student population of about 800 and is located in Akita prefecture (pop. 300,000) on the northern seaboard of the main island of Japan, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. International students receive a rigorous academic curriculum as well as the opportunity to experience and understand the people and culture of Japan through extracurricular activities. Courses are taught in English. Japanese language skills not required but recommended. Japanese language courses are available at all levels. The university organizes various events, activities, and field trips providing students with a hands-on experience in Japanese culture. Housing is provided in dorms or apartments with a Japanese roommate, and a home visit program is available. Prerequisite: A minimum 2.5 GPA. Period: One or two semesters. An optional Winter break program (January-March) is available for no additional fee. Fall or Spring earn only 4.5 Credits. Fall and (optional Winter) earns 4.5. Full year earns 9 credits. Program advisor: Prof. Matsuda

Jordan: Middle East and Arabic Language Studies (ACM)

The program in Amman, Jordan is offered in cooperation with AMIDEAST, a leading American non-profit organization focused on international education. Students will study the area's language, culture, history, and politics. They will take a course in Arabic, two elective courses (taught in English), and complete an independent study project while living with a Jordanian family and participating in excursions and cultural activities organized by AMIDEAST. Rosetta Stone for Arabic is available in the Burkhardt Languge Center. Fall Semester: 4.5 credits. A spring semester version of this program is available directly through AMIDEAST. Program advisor: Prof. Adelsberger

Jordan: Area & Arabic Language Studies (AMIDEAST)

The Area and Arabic Language Studies program is set in Amman:  an ancient city facing distinct modern challenges. Built on seven hills, Amman has expanded in size and population from a quaint sleepy town at the close of World War II, to the bustling, multicultural metropolis it is today. Jordan has made great strides in education, health care and economic reform while creating a distinctively Jordanian democratic structure. Nonetheless, Jordan faces many challenges that students can study and observe first hand – the effects of regional conflicts, social change, lack of natural resources, environmental concerns, and delivering on the promise of economic development to its citizens. Students on the Area & Arabic Language Studies program in Amman have the opportunity to study both Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian Arabic and learn first-hand from leading faculty from the Qasid Arabic Institute about the critically important Middle East region. Moreover, AMIDEAST programs focus cultural immersion and strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the people of the Middle East and North Africa. Period: Spring Semester. 4.5 credits.  Housing: host families. Program Advisor: Prof. Adelsberger

Thailand: International Sustainable Development Studies Institute.

ISDSI courses are expeditions into the cultures and ecology of Thailand. Each course is focused on understanding sustainable development and is designed in collaboration with local communities. Integrating both the social and natural sciences, on our courses students may work on an organic farm alongside villagers while learning about agroecosystems, backpack on remote forest trails in the mountains with upland people in order to study indigenous forest management or sea kayak to learn about oceans, reefs and fishing communities. Components of the semester in Thailand include four block courses: Thai Foundations, Agroecology, Political Ecology of Forests, Cultural Ecology of the Andaman (Oceans). Rosetta Stone for Thai is available in the Burkhardt Language Center. Credit: 4.5 for one semester. With internship, 5.5 or 6.5 credits. Program advisor: Prof. Eberhardt.

Australia and the Pacific Islands

Australia: Rainforest Studies (School for Field Studies)

The Rainforest Studies program curriculum and research agenda address a critical local and regional environmental problem—loss and fragmentation of once extensive rainforests—and examine environmental policies related to the issue on local and national levels. Set in Queensland, a "hot spot" for fauna and floral biodiversity, SFS students collaborate with local landholders and stakeholder organizations to focus on enhancing the condition of tropical rainforests, as well as determining how to regenerate and restore the rainforest on the Atherton Tablelands. SFS students’ work is recognized as a vital contribution toward broader studies on global climate change, ecological integrity of rainforest fragments, and developing restoration practices to maximize rates of plant growth and colonization by fauna. Students are also actively involved in replanting initiatives and restoration site maintenance with local land-care groups. Period: Spring Semester. 4.5 credits. Program Advisor: Prof. Adelsberger

Polynesian Islands: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems (SEA Semester)

How will humans societies operate in the future given limited resources, growing populations, exponential increases in waste generation, and climatic disruption?  Humans have always been an important factor in environmental change, bringing plants, animals and diseases from one part of the planet to another, but our awareness in the twenty-first century of the rapidity and irreversibility of those changes, and of the profound effects they will have on human cultures and economies, demands we address them. This program was designed to encourage a conversation on these topics. This environmental studies semester  takes an interdisciplinary look at the people and islands of Polynesia in an effort to learn what they can tell us about the global issues of environmental sustainability and cultural continuity. Developed by SEA faculty in conjunction with Tahitian partners, SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems (SPICE) begins with a shore component in Woods Hole where students will be introduced to the history, culture and geography of Polynesian Islands. Visiting scholars will share their work on resource management, Polynesian voyaging and navigation, and traditional art and cultural practices. Students will then join the crew of the SSV Robert C. Seamans for a 7-week sailing research voyage. They will visit several South Pacific islands and confront challenging questions of colonial conflict, cultural identity, and environmental justice, while examining relationships between political structures, culture, and the natural environment. They will also explore issues of sustainability with local officials and visit historical, cultural and agricultural sites. Using state-of-the-art shipboard lab and research facilities, they will investigate the complex factors that threaten fragile island ecosystems and the surrounding marine environment. Period: Fall semester. 4.5 credits. Progam Advisor: Prof. Allison.


Czech Republic: History, Culture and Politics at Charles University in Prague (ISA)

Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic hot-spot of Central and Eastern Europe for over 1000 years. With over 1.2 million local inhabitants in the city proper and a constant flow of international travelers exploring the city, Prague is a bustling capital of global importance.  Through the "History, Culture & Politics" program at Charles University, students have the opportunity to choose from a variety of humanities-based courses during a semester or academic year program in Prague, Czech Republic. ISA works closely with faculty at Charles University to develop coursework exclusively designed for ISA students. Subjects offered include history, architecture, cinema, economics, and politics.  Czech language coursework is a required on-site. The courses offered are instructed in English at Charles University by host university faculty, and classmates are ISA students only. Minimum GPA: 2.5 Period: Fall semester. Trimester options may be arranged for Knox students. 4.5 or 3 credits. Program Advisor: Prof. Beers

Denmark: Denmark's International Study Program

This program offers a wide variety of courses in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Program tracks include: Architecture and Design, Biotechnology & Biomedicine, Communication & Mass Media, Danish Language & Culture, European Culture & History, European Politics & Society, International Business & Economics, Medical Practice & Policy, Migration & Identity, Public Health, Psychology & Child Development. Most of the courses are taught in English by the faculty of the University of Copenhagen, and special attention is given to Scandinavia and the Baltics, and more generally to the European Union. Many involve travel to field sites. Students must live with a host family or enroll in Danish Language and Culture. Credit: 4.5 per semester (equivalent of 15 semester hours is required for full credit) or 9 for full year. Period: one semester (fall or winter-spring) or full year. Program advisor: Prof. Gilbert, Prof. Fernández, and Prof. Hoffmann.

England and Italy: London and Florence: Arts in Context (ACM)

The London and Florence Program compares the artistic achievements of two historically prominent cities. Participants study the historical and political context of art, architecture, literature and theatre as well as Italian language. Visits to museums, galleries, theatres, short trips to other areas of England and Italy, and discussions with local scholars supplement this course work. Students spend eight weeks in each city and enjoy a week-long mid-semester break. An optional intensive course in Italian language is offered every January in Florence. Prerequisite: courses chosen from classical, medieval, and Renaissance history (including the history of art, music, and the theater), or in British history and literature. Credits: 4.5 (one additional credit awarded to students who take intensive Italian before the beginning of the regular semester). Period: one semester (winter-spring). Program advisor: Prof. Denial.

England: London Programs (IES)

London will be your classroom on this semester-length program. IES London semester offers a wide variety of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and arts through the Study London semester. Students may also direct enroll in a number of partner institutions in London such as City University, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Queen Mary, School of Oriental and African Studies, Slade School of Fine Art, or University College London, and/or take workshops in creative and performing arts. Internships are available with most options. Students live in residence halls. Credit: 4.5 per semester or 9 for full year. Program advisor: Prof. Farrer.

England: The Roger Williams University London Program

The Roger Williams University London Program was founded by Knox graduate William Grandgeorge ’55 over 45 years ago. With an emphasis on the performing arts and British culture, the 12 week RWU London program features the possibility of an optional preliminary week of home-stay for London acclimation, courses in British culture and history and various areas of theatre, and a potential independent study component that adjusts the focus to meet many other discipline interests such as art history, graphic design, education, creative writing, English literature, classics, history etc. Course components are two required courses: British Theatre and the Performing Arts as well as Cultures in Contact: British Heritage and its Impact. Students also take three additional electives. Courses in Acting, Modern Drama, Dance, Museums, Society and Shelter, Shakespeare, Directing or Design are also available. An independent study may be proposed as a credit substitution. Students attend classes five days a week and performances and events four evenings per week, plus multiple weekend field trips and a half-term week long break funded with a British Rail pass included in tuition. Students live in a hotel with kitchen privileges Credit: 4.5. The equivalent of 15 semester hours is required for full credit. Period: Program runs from early September-early December. Program advisor: Prof. Carlin Metz.

England: London School of Economics--Direct enroll

The London School of Economics and Political Science is a highly selective public research university specialized in the social sciences located in London. LSE is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach. LSE enrolls around 9,300 full time students from 145 countries. As a student in the year long General Course at LSE you will be studying in the heart of a multicultural city alongside students from across the world. You can choose from a wide range of courses from history and sociology to management and law, as well as economics and political science. Students with a minimum 3.3 GPA will be positively considered. Credits: 9 (full year enrollment is required). Program advisor: Prof. Scotton

England: Oxford Semester (IES)

Students have the unique opportunity to directly enroll in Oxford University, St. Catherine’s College, just 60 miles from London, with a student body of 21,000 and over 140 nationalities. Like all Oxford colleges, St. Catherine’s utilizes the tutorial education system. This allows you to select a highly personalized course of study, based on previous coursework at your home institution and your academic interests. You meet with a tutor on a regular basis, either alone or with another student, to discuss the written work produced for each meeting. These tutorials are supplemented by lectures. Prerequisite: GPA 3.85. Credit: Semester 4.5 or Year 9. Program advisor: Prof. Thrall

England and Spain: Sport and Globalization in London and Seville (Carleton College)

Carleton’s Sport and Globalization program immerses students in the soccer cultures of London and Seville. Student’s focus on the deep role soccer has played in society, world history and how recent globalization is affecting the sport. The program features attending professional matches, meeting coaches and players and touring museums. Additionally, students get the chance to coach and play with local children and truly take part in the sport’s culture. Coursework includes: Global Athletics, Globalization and Development, and an Introductory Coaching Practicum. Period: Winter trimester, even years. 3 credits. Program advisor: Prof. Welch.

England: Foundation for International Education (FIE) in London

This program is set in one of the world’s most culturally diverse and dynamic cities. Students live and study in London, a vibrant metropolis brimming with museums, theaters and green spaces. Famed for its iconic skyline and storied history, London is home to some of earth’s most recognizable treasures including the London Eye, Parliament and the Tate Modern. The London program is located at FIE's Foundation House study center, opposite the Gloucester Road Underground Station in Kensington. The Fall trimester program offers a wide array of electives and an internship component that extends the program into December at a small additional cost. The Winter Quarter program has two options: students may take all academic coursework or may choose to focus on the internship component. There are also Spring Semester and Spring Trimester options. Period: Trimesters ("quarters"), 3 credits. Spring Semester (4.5 credits). Program Advisor: Prof. Spittell.

England: Direct enroll at University of Reading, England (ISA)

Reading is a community rich with numerous music, art and cultural festivals, in addition to a thriving theatre scene. Situated on the River Thames, and only a 30-minute train ride from Central London, Reading provides a great blend of suburban living with easy access to the big city. This English university is a great destination for international students who find themselves on a campus comprised of 300 acres of landscaped parkland; once a medieval manor estate. The campus provides an ideal setting for a modern university and a perfect environment for study abroad students to immerse themselves in the local culture and traditions. The University of Reading provides students with a dynamic academic experience by allowing participants to enroll in classes taught by Reading faculty and that are filled with local British students. Students directly enroll to the university and are offered classes in a variety of disciplines. Period: Fall or Winter trimesters, 3 credits per trimester.  Program Advisor: Prof. Farrer.

England: Direct enroll at DeMontfort University, Leicester, England

De Montfort University (DMU) is a dynamic institution with a long and vibrant history of improving people’s lives through education. Located two hours north of London, students get the opportunity to thrive in a vibrant, multicultural hub of learning, creativity and innovation. The university offers 400 diverse undergraduate and postgraduate subjects. There are also more than 140 societies and sports teams, which are a great place to make new friends. Plus, students may benefit from DMU’s partnerships with Leicester City Football Club, rugby union giants Leicester Tigers, and Leicestershire County Cricket Club. Students directly enroll to the university and are offered classes in a variety of disciplines. Seniors should refrain from enrollment due to the lengthy delay in receiving a transcript. Period: Fall trimester. 3 credits.  Program advisor: Prof. Dooley

Ireland: Dublin programs (IES)

The Institute for International Education of Students offers a variety of programs in Dublin that cover several distinct disciplines. IES Dublin semester offers a wide variety of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and arts through the Dublin Irish Studies program or the Dublin Writer’s program. Students may also direct enroll in a number of partner institutions in London such as Trinity College (3.3gpa min) or Dublin City University. Period: Fall or Spring semester. 4.5 credits. Program advisor: Prof. Simpson.

Scotland: University of St. Andrews

St. Andrews, founded in 1413, is Scotland’s oldest university. Located on the sea in a medieval town, the student body is around 6,000 students with about 20% international. Students live in university dormitories and enroll in one of four faculties: Arts, Divinity, Medicine or Science. This program is most likely to appeal to students with interests in English or History, but it is also known for its strong science programs. Prerequisites: St. Andrews requires a minimum 3.0 GPA. However, in our experience, students with at least a 3.3 and a solid preparation in background coursework are most likely to be successful in the rigorous academic environment typical of St. Andrews. Credit: 4.5 credits per semester. Normal load is 60 St. Andrews credits (usually 2-3 courses). Period: Fall semester runs September-December, Spring semester runs January-May. Program advisor: Prof. R. Smith.

Germany: Humboldt University, Berlin (IES)

The IES Berlin program provides semester and full-year opportunities for rigorous undergraduate study in German language, social sciences, humanities, business, Metropolitan Studies, and a summer program in Architecture. The program, organized in cooperation with Humboldt University, follows an American-style university calendar. Students enroll in a German language course and four area studies courses each semester. Language courses are held on the Humboldt University campus; area studies courses in art history, business, economics, history, literature, and politics are held at the IES Center. Most courses are taught in German by native German faculty; the programs in Metropolitan Studies and Architecture are taught in English. Students have access to numerous University facilities including libraries and University Mensas (cafeterias). Prerequisite: fall and full-year students must have GERM 202 and GERM 210, and two courses in European culture and history; spring trimester students must have, in addition, one 300-level German course. Credit: 4.5 per semester. The equivalent of 15 semester hours (usually 5 classes) is required for full credit. Program advisor: Prof. Heidt (Fall and Winter only).

Germany: Knox-Flensburg Exchange Program

This program provides students the opportunity to join directly in the life of a small German university. Europa-Universität Flensburg is located in Flensburg,Times New RomanTimes New Roman a port town on Germany's northern border with Denmark. Its two-thousand student university with new facilities overlooks the quaint town, the farm fields, and the harbor below. The university's intimate size allows it to provide a highly personalized international student support network as well as an unusually high level of student interaction with internationally recognized professors and scholars. Students live in residence halls with their German colleagues and attend regular university classes. Students are encouraged to participate in a language-intensive 3-week orientation prior to the beginning of the semester, which also includes cultural programming. Language courses continue during the semester to provide students with ongoing support for their other courses at the university. Prerequisite: GERM 201, GERM 202, and GERM 210 or equivalent plus consent of program advisor. Credit: 6 for Fall and Winter or 3 for Spring; 9 for full year. Program advisor: Prof. Heidt (Fall and Winter only).

Germany: German and European Studies in Berlin (Carleton College)

During the German and European Studies program students will study in Berlin.  Like no other German city, it bears the scars of recent German history and carries the hopes and promises of a united Germany. With its important role in the Weimar Republic, its sites of political decisions and destruction during the last World War, and the fact that for over forty years it served as the symbol for Germany’s division, Berlin is an excellent place for students who want to become familiar with German and European history. The current European economic crisis is once more driving home the fact that Germany continues to be at the forefront of European politics and economics. Coursework focuses on language, history and theater. Period: Fall trimester, odd years. 3 credits Program Advisor: Todd Heidt (Fall and Winter only).

Greece: College Year in Athens

The College Year in Athens Program is appropriate for students (particularly juniors and seniors) interested in Greece from a wide range of disciplinary approaches, ancient and modern. Classics students will find courses in the art, archaeology, philosophy, history and literature of the ancient (and medieval) world as well as courses in Ancient Greek and Latin. For students interested in modern Greece the program offers courses in Modern Greek, environmental studies, ethnography, history, political science, religion, urban planning and sustainability. Courses taught in English. CYA is on a semester calendar, and students may choose to take either one semester (spring or fall) or a full year. A standard course load is 4 classes per semester (4.5 Knox credits per semester). Housing (with dining facilities and library) is provided in a modern building at the heart of Athens. Credits: 9 (4.5 for one semester). Standard load is 4 classes per semester. Program advisor: Prof. S. Fineberg.

Hungary: Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

This program may be taken for one semester (either fall or spring) or for an entire year. Students typically take three courses in mathematics and one intercultural course-all taught in English by Hungarian faculty-a semester. Prerequisite: students must have junior standing at the time they participate and should have completed at least one term of analysis (MATH 331) or one term of abstract algebra (MATH 341). Language instruction in Hungarian is available on an optional basis. Prerequisite: GPA 3.5. Credits: 4.5 per semester. Standard load is 4 classes per semester. Program advisor: Prof. Teixeira.

Italy: Florence Semester (ACM)

The Florence Program provides an excellent opportunity to study Renaissance painting, sculpture, architecture, history, and literature for students interested in art, history, Romance Languages, and the humanities. Italian language instruction, a studio art course, and courses providing a broad perspective on Italian contributions to world civilization facilitate the study of Florentine artistic and cultural heritage. Visits to museums and galleries, short field trips and longer field trips to Venice and Rome, as well as discussions with local scholars supplement this course work. Staying with Italian host families enriches participants' awareness of modern Italian life as well as the academic study of Italian Renaissance culture. Prerequisite: at least four courses chosen from classical, medieval, and Renaissance history (including the history of art, music, religion, and theater), study of Italian. Rosetta Stone for Italian is available in the Burkhardt Language Center, Davis Hall. Period: one semester (fall) or one trimester (winter). Credits: 4.5 or 3. Program advisor: Prof. Regiacorte.

Italy: Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome

This is an intensive program designed for classics majors. All participants are required to take a two-credit course called "The Ancient City"-an in-depth study of Roman history and archaeology including frequent field trips. In addition, students take two courses in such fields as intermediate or advanced Latin, intermediate or advanced Greek, or Renaissance art history. Prerequisite: junior standing and at least one year of Latin or Classical Greek and HIST 104 (or the equivalent). Credits: 4.5. Standard load is 4 classes. Period: one semester (Fall or Winter-Spring). Program advisor: Prof. B. Fineberg.

Multiple countries: Comparative Women’s Studies (Antioch/Carleton)

Antioch’s Comparative Women’s Studies program aims to explore Europe in its diversity and cross-culturally. With this goal in mind, the program takes students to several differently situated European nations while underscoring experiences of women and sexual, ethnic, and religious minorities in these respective national communities. Students learn about the struggles of the Roma women in the Czech Republic, the historical and current day experiences of the citizens of Jewish, Afro-German, and Turkish backgrounds in Germany, as well as about the ways in which Islamophobia bears on Muslim populations across Europe. These topics are addressed both through scholarly inquiry and situated empirical experience throughout the semester, framed through our discussions of post-colonial, feminist, and queer theories. Period: Spring Semester. 4.5 credits. Program Advisor: Prof. Roy-Fequiere

Latin America

Brazil Program (ACM)

The program has a "Liberal Arts and Sciences" option, and an "Environmental Studies" option. Students will take classes at the highly-regarded Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF) and become immersed in Brazilian culture. At UFJF, students will study Portuguese language, including a two-week “crash” course when they arrive, and choose two or three classes among courses in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts. UFJF is especially strong in the sciences, making this a good international program for science majors, as well as students from all other departments. Juiz de Flora, the site of the program, is a pleasant city about a two-hour bus ride from Rio de Janeiro. Students will have the option of living with a Brazilian host family or in an apartment with Brazilian students. Advanced level of Spanish is a prerequisite. Credits: 4.5. Period: one semester (fall, winter-spring). Program advisor: Prof. Teixeira.

Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, and the Environment (An ACM Program)

This is an interdisciplinary program for students seeking a comprehensive understanding of life in Latin America and wishing to develop fluency in Spanish. This program, which focuses on Public Health, Education/Social Policy, and Environmental Studies, is designed to take full advantage of its Costa Rican setting. Language study is stressed as the key to understanding the culture. Coursework in language, literature, geography, anthropology, politics and cultural change enables students to develop insights which are reinforced by field trips and a month long practicum. In San José and its environs, students live with families both to improve their language ability and enjoy personal involvement in the daily life of a Latin American community. Prerequisite: at least 2 200-level courses or equivalent and additional work in such fields as Latin American history, literature, political science, economics or anthropology and sociology. Period: one semester or trimester (fall). Credits 4.5 or 3 Program advisor: Prof. Kampwirth.

Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities (An ACM Program)

This program is designed for advanced work in the social and natural sciences and humanities. Costa Rica supports an extraordinary variety of plant and animal life and provides rich research opportunities for students of tropical biology and ecology. An equally broad range of research topics is available for students of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, geology, history, political science, sociology, music, and literature. Students prepare for their research during a month-long orientation which includes intensive language training and a review of field work methodology. Their field study may be integrated with an ongoing project undertaken independently under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Prerequisite: appropriate advanced preparation in the proposed research discipline; at least 2 200-level Spanish courses. Credits: 4.5 for semester, 3 for trimester. Period: one semester (winter-spring) or one trimester (spring). Program advisor: Prof. Kampwirth

Guatemala: Socio-Cultural Field Research in Guatemala (Carleton College)

The socio-cultural field research program provides students with the opportunity to examine issues of cultural continuity, resource management, and social change in Guatemala and Chiapas. This program examines the region's attempt to come terms with social inequality, human rights abuses, and sustainable development in an effort to build a multi-ethnic society. The program begins with an introduction to Guatemala and the Maya in the city of Antigua but also features time in Atitlán and the jungles of northern Guatemala, known as El Petén. As the program moves through the Montes Azules and Maya Biosphere Reserves, comprising the largest tropical rainforest in Central America, students will learn about the relation between Maya population booms, environmental collapse, and current efforts at sustainable development. In eastern Chiapas, students will spend several days living among the Lacandones, the most isolated and culturally conservative indigenous people in Mesoamerica, seldom visited until the second half of the 20th century. Returning to Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, students devote the last three weeks of the program to conducting their independent field research projects and writing up their findings. Students will live with families in indigenous communities around the lake in which they carry out their field projects. The field sites provide opportunities for research on topics such as sustainable development, conservation, women's issues, human rights work, religion, ethnomedicine and healing, grassroots community organization, and ecotourism. In the final week, students analyze their field data, write their reports, and present their findings to the group in a research colloquium. Period: Winter trimester, even years.  Prerequisites: Introductory coursework in Anthropology and 200-level Spanish. Program advisor: Prof. Hope.

United States

Argonne Science Semester

Scientific research is the focus of this program, offered through Knox College in cooperation with Argonne National Laboratory. Knox students apply to the Argonne Student Research Participation Program in the spring for acceptance as assistant members of research teams at the internationally prominent laboratory to begin the following fall. Scientific problems under investigation at Argonne span the gamut from high-energy particle physics to alternative energy research and materials science. Alternatively, students may apply through the Department of Energy's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program for a fall semester internship at a wide range of participating national laboratories, including Brookhaven, Fermilab, Lawrence Berkeley, and Los Alamos National Laboratories. Prerequisites: junior standing during participation, in-depth preparation in the natural sciences, computer science, or mathematics. Credits: 3. Program advisor: Prof. Moses.

ACM Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship & Urban Studies
The ACM Chicago Program offers three tracks (Urban Studies, Chicago Arts, and Business, Entrepreneurship & Society) through an innovative integrated semester residential experience. All students complete a core course that not only provides an orientation to the city but also explores the interrelationships of art, business, and politics, as well as race, class, and ethnicity. An urban internship is a valuable part of the experience. Students enroll in separate seminars for each track. Credits: 4.5 for one semester (Fall or Winter-Spring); 3 for Fall or Spring Trimester program.

Arts. Students enter the world of urban arts. Open to students from any major with an interest in any arts discipline. Students attend events, meet and develop artistic talents and visions. The program encourages students to see art in the context of the city, as integrated with issues of politics, economics, social justice, and neighborhood. Program advisor: Prof. Choma

Entrepreneurship. Creativity, innovation and problem-solving, in short, entrepreneurship, are fundamental tools used by successful businesses and organizations of all types. In this program, Chicago becomes a “business lab” in which, among other things, students explore case studies of Chicago entrepreneurs and gain hands-on experience in an internship. Program advisor: Prof. Spittell

Urban Studies. The focus is on how neighborhoods and groups negotiate for power and resources, how social change is engineered. Groups of 2-4 students share a furnished apartment in a Chicago neighborhood. Prerequisite: at least three courses from two or more of the social sciences (economics, political science, history, or anthropology and sociology) or from arts and humanities courses with an emphasis on social problems. Program advisor: Prof. Oldfield

Newberry Library Program in the Humanities (ACM/GLCA Programs)

One of America's great research libraries provides the setting and resources for this program. In the Fall semester, students participate in a seminar and complete a research project under supervision of two faculty members who are chosen from ACM and GLCA schools. Each year the seminar focuses on a particular theme or issue, which is approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics are designed to take advantage of the Library's strong holdings in American, European, and Latin American culture. Prerequisite: sophomore standing at time of application; strong course work in history, the humanities, or another field relevant to the seminar; strong desire and ability to carry out independent research. Credits: 4.5. Standard load is the equivalent of 15 semester hours (Fall). Program advisor: Prof. Gilbert.

Oak Ridge Science Semester (An ACM/GLCA Program)

The Oak Ridge Science Semester is designed to allow qualified undergraduates to study and conduct research in a prestigious and challenging scientific environment. As members of a research team working at the frontiers of knowledge, participants engage in long-range investigations using the facilities of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) near Knoxville, Tennessee. The majority of a student's time is spent in research with an advisor specializing in biology, engineering, mathematics, or in the physical or social sciences. Students also participate in an interdisciplinary seminar designed to broaden their exposure to developments in their major field and related disciplines. In addition, each student chooses an elective from a variety of advanced courses. The academic program is enriched in informal ways by guest speakers, departmental colloquia, and the special interests and expertise of the ORNL staff. Prerequisite: strong preparation in area of proposed research (biology, chemistry, economics, geology, mathematics, or physics). Credits: 4.5. Period: one semester (Fall). Program advisor: Prof. Clayton.

SEA Semester Field Programs in Marine and Environmental Studies

This program is designed especially for ENVS and BIO/CHEM students. SEA Semester is based at Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Students spend part of their time in academic courses and cultural immersion on shore and part of their time at sea, conducting experiments and learning how to operate a ship. SEA is an educational institution dedicated to exploration, understanding and stewardship of the oceans, and to the study of humanity's relationship with the oceans. SEA offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum, on shore and at sea aboard tall ships, that provides challenging voyages of scientific discovery, academic rigor, and personal growth. Locations are available at different sites around the world. Credit: 4.5 for one semester. Program advisor: Prof. Allison

Washington Semester – American University

The Washington Semester Program allows students the opportunity to pursue study and internship in our nation's capital in the following academic disciplines: American Politics, Global Economics & Business, Economic Policy and Global Trade, Foreign Policy, International Environment and Development, International Law and Organizations, Journalism and New Media, Justice, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Public Law, and Sustainable Development. This combination academic/experiential learning format is designed so that the academic work complements the internship component. Three days per week, students participate in a two course seminar taught by Washington Semester professors who host professionals from the student's field of study. Two days per week, students participate in an internship relevant to their course of study. Students also have the option to complete a research project or to enroll in an elective course at American University. Prerequisite: depending on program theme, at least two courses in an appropriate field. Credits: 4.5. Period: one semester (Fall or Winter/Spring). Program advisor: Prof. Hulett.

Student Initiated Programs

Students may seek approval to participate in programs other than those listed above. Students with interests in another program are urged to consult with the Stellyes Center for Global Studies staff early in the application process. Approval for such programs is granted if the student demonstrates sufficient academic preparation for the program, if the student makes a compelling case for the academic benefit of the proposed program, and if the program of study is comparable in academic content and quality to study at Knox.

Students complete a Preliminary Proposal by December 1st. If approved, an additional "Student Initiated Program" essay is required. This two-part application is then submitted to the Off-Campus Study Committee by February 1st.

The written application for approval of this type of program should also contain all the information specified in "Approved Programs." It should also contain:

  • a plan for the evaluation of the studies so that the Registrar can determine the number of credits to be accepted toward satisfaction of Knox degree requirements (this plan must be worked out with the student's faculty advisor, as well as with the Registrar).
  • information showing that the program of study is of an academic content comparable in quality to study at Knox and consistent with a liberal education. The College recognizes that some forms of unstructured experiential learning can enhance personal growth, but no credits toward the academic degree are granted for such experiences.

If the Committee approves the student's participation in the program, the student is eligible to continue receiving financial aid. The student is billed for program costs through the Knox College Business Office. Students receive credit for their work, although grades are not figured into the grade point average.

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