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Academics > Research & Creative Work

Independent Study


Mariangela Maguire

Interim Director of the Gerald & Carol Vovis Center for Research & Advanced Study

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


Fax: 309-341-7166


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At Knox, our students explore their interests beyond the classroom. It may be by further pursuing a subject of interest discussed in class. or initiating the exploration of a topic not included in coursework.

In fact, 89% of our students take advantage of independent study by the time they graduate. 

Here are a few examples of how students have pursued independent study to take their Knox experience beyond the classroom:

  • Many science professors have lab research programs that involve several different students, each independently pursuing a particular aspect of the professor's general research.
  • The art department's Open Studio program allows students to work full time on their art projects throughout an entire term.
  • Students interested in history have worked on projects based on the historical document collections in Seymour Library's Special Collections.
  • Literature students have developed literary projects focused on particular writers or genres.
  • Students interested in the social sciences have interviewed Galesburg residents for a study of the local economy.

Many of our undergrad research opportunities help support independent study. Learn more about the Honors Program, Richter Scholarship, ASSET Program, and Ronald McNair Program.

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