College of Europe current students
Interdisciplinary course combines classroom study, international travel
Knox College students are examining ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity in Europe by combining classroom studies and travel in a new interdisciplinary course. The course, European Identities, received a grant from the German national organization that promotes international academic cooperation.
Modeled on Knox's Japan Term, European Identities includes classes in the fall and winter academic terms and a 17-day trip to Berlin, Germany, and Istanbul, Turkey, during the December break. European Identities is team-taught by Knox faculty members Daniel Beers, assistant professor of political science; Todd Heidt, assistant professor in modern languages-German; and Emre Sencer, assistant professor of history.
During fall term, students choose two of three classes: European Governments, taught by Beers; World War I, taught by Sencer; and Contemporary German Culture, taught by Heidt. Students who plan to travel to Germany and Turkey in December also enroll in a half-credit course designed to help them prepare for the trip. After returning, students can enroll in a European Identities winter term course where they'll produce a research project or creative project related to what they've learned in the classroom and during their trip.