Kenyon considers achievement of language proficiency important for many reasons, among them:
Students must demonstrate a level of proficiency in a second language equivalent to one full year of college study. They may meet this requirement in any of the following ways:
If students seek to meet the requirement with a language that is not offered at Kenyon, they may do so in the following ways:
If a student seeks to meet the language requirement by taking a course at another campus or study-abroad program, and does not receive transfer credit for two sequential semesters in college-level language (as in part (g) above), the student must achieve a satisfactory score on a Kenyon placement exam to satisfy the requirement. If the language studied is not offered at Kenyon, part (i) above will apply: the student must provide documentation, such as the OPI certificate.
Because Kenyon’s introductory modern language courses are taught as a single, year-long curriculum, it is not possible to take one semester of a language at another institution and complete the requirement by taking a second semester at Kenyon. However, if a student completes the first semester of the introductory course at Kenyon, s/he may complete the second semester elsewhere, provided the registrar grants transfer credit to the non-Kenyon part of the course.
Policy revised January 13, 2015.