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James Thrall

Knight Distinguished Associate Professor for the Study of Religion & Culture

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



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There are ample opportunities to enhance your studies in religious studies through independent research, off-campus study, and internships. These programs are integral to a Knox education, teaching you how to apply your skills in real world situations.

Student Research and Creative Projects

Knox is a leader in promoting top-notch undergraduate research. In fact, more than 90% of all Knox students complete an independent research or creative project by the time they graduate. Many students' projects are supported by an unusually rich array of Knox College funding programs that together provide students more than $200,000 each year in support of their work. These sources include: Richter Memorial Scholars Program, Ford Foundation Research Fellows Program, Ronald E. McNair Fellows Program and departmentally supported independent studies. In addition, special fellowships awarded to Knox through national competitions and through the research grants of Knox faculty make Knox a leader in promoting top-notch undergraduate research.

College Honors

The Honors Program allows students to develop an extended emphasis for research or creative endeavor, and ultimately to present their work to a faculty committee, including a specialist from outside the Knox community.

Off-Campus Study

Knox encourages students to spend one or more terms studying at off-campus programs, many of which offer courses in religious studies. In addition, there are some programs that focus on the study of religion, including Buddhist Studies in Bodh Gaya, India (Carleton Global Engagement), Japan and its Buddhist Traditions.


There's no better way to explore the possibilities of life after Knox than internships. Our students' internships are found with the assistance of the Bastian Family Center for Career Success.

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