How is a Kenyon liberal arts education influenced by sustainability? Opportunities abound in and out of the classroom for rich and fulfilling academic experiences related to humans and the environment.
There are many classes that relate directly to sustainability. These cover a broad range of fields, from social sciences like anthropology, sociology, and political science, the life sciences of biology and chemistry, and other diverse subjects like economics and religion. See the Special Academic Initiatives: Sustainability and Special Academic Initiatives: Food for Thought sections of the course catalog for specific information.
Academic experiences are not limited to discussions and studies enclosed by a set of classroom walls. Kenyon also offers students the opportunity to interact with the surrounding community. Though fieldwork is common to many of the courses offered related to sustainability, the following classes provide students with a unique level of engagement with the life beyond the hill.
ENVS 253 Sustainable Agriculture
Students work five hours a week on a local farm and meet with the professor on a weekly basis to discuss readings and the farm experience. (Credit: 0.5 unit)
SOCY 234 Community
Students study rural community life, specifically that of Knox County, Ohio. (Credit: 0.5 unit)
BIOL 229 Ecology Laboratory
Students study diversity of organisms and evolutionary patterns through direct observation at the Brown Family Environmental Center. (Credit: 0.25 unit)
BIOL 352 Aquatic Systems Laboratory
Students study aquatic ecology in local ecosystems in this field-based laboratory. (Credit: 0.25 unit)
Many students choose to pursue sustainable projects during their junior year study abroadexperience. The following programs have an environmental focus.
The School for Field Studies, of which Kenyon is an affiliate college, offers study abroad opportunities in Costa Rica, Turks & Caicos, Kenya, Mexico, and Australia. Notable is the sustainable development program in Costa Rica and the tropical rainforest studies in Australia.
The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) offers studying and research opportunities in tropical countries, many of which are related to conservation and ecology.