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Nancy Knowles


Undergraduate Degree
  • Class of 1990
  • IDP Major(s): ┬╗East Asian Studies Major
  • Additional Master's Degree(s): MA English Literature, Humboldt State University, 1995; MA Teaching Writing, Humboldt State University, 1995
  • Additional Doctoral Degree(s): Ph.D. English Literature, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 2000
  • While At UCLA

    Extracurriculars: Pi Beta Phi.

    Undergraduate Research: I researched Nichiren Buddhism.

    After UCLA

    I am Associate Professor of English/Writing at Eastern Oregon University. While at UCLA, I knew I probably needed to major in English, but my transfer credits applied better to East Asian Studies. I enjoyed completing that major and draw some of my cultural understanding in teaching world literatures from my UCLA studies.

    Advice for Current International Institute IDP Students

    Get a degree in a field you like and are good at. The type of bachelor's degree doesn't matter too much to most employers and graduate schools. Many like the breadth of a degree in one field and professional experience in another. Get as much work and practical experience during college as you can because, aside from the degree, that's what really matters to employers. If you can study abroad, do it. International travel teaches ideas you can't get in a classroom.