Kenyon's Integrated Program in Humane Studies (IPHS) involves an intense, interdisciplinary examination of art and authority through a blend of small seminars, tutorials, and lectures by professors from a broad range of departments.
Close reading of texts, ranging over a number of the greatest works in Western thought from Homer to Nietzsche and beyond, is supplemented by the study of architecture, drama, and film. The intensive nature of discussion which stresses critical thinking and explores all points of view generates a strong sense of community among IPHS students.
The program emphasizes writing but may also entail the creation of art, film and multimedia projects, especially in its "Modernism" course and in senior seminar, in which students explore topics and pursue projects related to their specific interests. Through IPHS, Kenyon students formulate a clear and accurate sense of where we have come from as a culture-and where we might wish to go.