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Chair of Classics
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
There are ample opportunities to enhance your studies in classics through independent research, off-campus study, internships and other activities. These programs are integral to a Knox education, teaching you how to apply your skills in real-world situations.
Many of our majors—and minors—pursue research and creative projects. Some even present or perform their work at national and international conferences. Here are a few recent projects:
The Classics Department welcomes and encourages students planning to become Latin teachers. Knox offers State of Illinois certification in Latin (grades six through twelve). A student intending to pursue Latin teacher certification in Illinois should complete a Latin-focused major and a major in Educational Studies, and must pass the State of Illinois Certification test in the Latin subject area.
Since the specific requirements are complex, it is important that students interested in certification in Latin consult with the Department of Educational Studies early in their college careers about current requirements.
Outstanding students may elect to undertake College Honors in their senior year, carrying out an advanced research project presented and defended to a faculty committee that includes a distinguished outside examiner. Recent College Honors awarded in classics include:
Many classics students study abroad on programs where they are able to explore firsthand the physical evidence of Greek and Roman art and architecture. Others study in a program in Florence exploring the works of the Italian Renaissance that drew its inspiration from antiquity.
There's no better way to explore the possibilities of life after Knox than internships. Our students find internships with the assistance of the Bastian Family Center for Career Success.
Amici Antiquitatis, the Classics Club, is an active group of classics students. It sponsors an annual reading and dinner in the spring and organizes a variety of special events over the year. Speakers have included Stanley Lombard, translator, who has performed dramatic readings of Homer's Odyssey; William Levitan, who read from his published translation of the letters of Abelard and Heloise; and Joe Goodkin, who performed a half-hour musical version of The Odyssey.