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Experiences & Opportunities


Konrad Hamilton

Associate Professor & Chair of American Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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2 ways to Explore Your Education

1. Explore big issues.

Many of our majors—and minors—pursue College Honors or other research and creative projects. Some even present or perform their work at national and international conferences. Here are a few recent projects:

  • "Feminist Theory and Female Body Image," Amelia Garcia '11.
  • "'Loving Them as Well as Ourselves,': Finding Middle Ground Between the Dakota and Missionaries at Lac Aui Parle, 1835-1845," Johanna Margaret Blume, '07.

2. Study with some of the leading thinkers in your field.

Knox offers you plenty of opportunities to begin exploring the world while still a student. Almost 50% of Knox students participate in off-campus study and consider their studies abroad to be the highlight of their college experiences. Knox offers several off-campus programs of particular interest to American Studies students:

  • The Newberry Library Program in the Humanities offers semester-length and short-term academic sessions at the Newberry Library in Chicago, one of the nation's leading libraries for research in history.
  • The Urban Studies Program in Chicago examines contemporary American culture.
  • In the Washington Semester, students study government in action. A program seminar meets with public officials, political figures, lobbyists and others active in the federal government. Students also complete a research project, frequently based on the student's internship in a government agency.
  • The Chicago Arts Program (ACM) is a 15-week guide to the contemporary visual arts, theater, music, literature, dance, film, and architecture. In addition to attending a wide range of cultural events, students live in Chicago and meet and work with local artists and arts professionals in part-time internships and independent study projects while enrolling in two courses.

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