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Experiences & Opportunities

Department Chair

Duane Oldfield

Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science, Chair of International Relations, director of Social Service program

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7156

doldfiel@​knox.edu

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Students display their countries flags at the annual International Fair in Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

4 Ways to Experience Your Education

1. Use international relations to explore the big issues.

Many of our majors—and minors—pursue College Honors or other research and creative projects. Here are a few recent projects:

  • "Controlling Narratives: Assessing the Goals of Russian Media in Latvia." Callie Jane Rouse '17.
  • "Realpolitik and the Last Great Cause: Foreign Intervention in the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939." Matthew James Barry ‘14.
  • "Democracy, Corporatism and Neoliberalism: The Political Economy of the Mexican Drug Trade in the 21st Century." Marcus J. McGee '14.
  • "NATO et al.: The Role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Partner Nations." Katherine Elizabeth Miller '13.
  • "The Role of Societal Ideology in Diaspora-Related Terrorism: An Examination of Terrorist Activity in France, Germany, and the United States." Anna Avery Meier '13.

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

There are many programs to see international relations in action. You can live in Japan and attend international relations classes with intensive language study at Kansai Gaidai, homestay in Morocco while completing field work and internships for local NGOs and other volunteer organizations with CIEE Rabat, or even spend a year abroad in China as part of the China Studies Institute, Beijing.

3. Explore life after Knox with an internship.

There's no better way to explore the possibilities of life after Knox than internships (many found with the assistance of the Bastian Family Career Center. Here are a few recent examples:

  • Intern, Capital Advisors Investment, Shanghai, China. Hank Horowitz '18.
  • Intern for NGO's in Cambodia, International Volunteer HQ, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Kati Stemple '16.
  • Intern, White House, Office of Correspondence, Washington, D.C. Samuel Coffey '15.
  • Summer Intern, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India, Jessica Oakley '15.
  • Fundraising Intern, Washington Office on Latin America, District of Columbia, MD, Anna Marquez '15.

4. Experience International Democracy

Model United Nations is a national organization that gives students a chance to participate in simulations of meetings held and issues discussed by the United Nations. The Knox Model U.N. has won awards at the McGill Conference in Montreal, one of the most prestigious conferences in North America, and also at conferences in Chicago, St. Louis, Europe, and Egypt.

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Printed on Monday, May 20, 2019