Only at Kenyon
Beyond the regular curriculum, there are a good many special opportunities enabling students to broaden and deepen their intellectual experience. Here's a sampling of the distinctive programs that enrich academic life at Kenyon.
Graham Gund Gallery
The Gund Gallery, home to the Department of Art History and to more than 6,000 square feet of exhibition space, promises to amplify visual literacy and link the exhibitions and programs it initiates to the curriculum.
Kenyon Review Associates
You're part of a select group of student staffers who organize readings, help assess manuscripts, interview visiting writers, and make a distinguished literary journal run smoothly.
Summer Science Scholars
Every summer, about 30 Kenyon students stay on campus, earning a stipend while pursuing their own intensive research projects in close collaboration with professors. This is a way for you to take a significant research question from conception through presentation (and sometimes publication), while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow scientists.
KILM (Kenyon Intensive Language Model)
Our approach to foreign language learning helps you can attain proficiency with remarkable speed. Plus, you have the chance to become an apprentice teacher, leading creative drill sessions and deepening your own connection to language and culture (while earning some money).
Kenyon's own year-long program in England takes you to the University of Exeter, where your classes are supplemented by seminars and excursions led by a Kenyon professor.
Two Kenyon anthropologists lead this semester of immersion—in Latin American culture, in Honduran society, in individual projects, and in archaeology. You can focus on cultural studies or work with on-going excavations at pre-Columbian sites.
Brown Family Environmental Center
Your biology class or research project may bring you to this 400-acre nature preserve, with its woodland, wetland, prairie, and river habitats. But you'll also enjoy the BFEC (that's pronounced "BEE-feck") if you're an artist, writer, bird-watcher, or hiker—or if you just need a serene moment in a beautiful place.
Mesaros Visiting Artists
Thanks to a special fund, artists in every genre, from throughout the world, come to campus for residencies, including in-depth work with Kenyon art students. The fund also supports lectures and special exhibitions.
Off-Campus Activities Program in Psychology
Whether you're interested in a career in social services, have an idea for a research project, or just like volunteering, this program can connect you with local agencies from Head Start to the county women's shelter.
Thomas Chair in Creative Writing
Every spring, an eminent author takes up residency on campus to teach creative writing, mentor students, and give readings. Recent Thomas Professors: Alan Shapiro, Simon Ortiz, Claire Messud, Fanny Price, Barry Unsworth.
Angela Waite Recitals
Each semester, music department juries pick the best performers to showcase their talents in the beautiful Brandi Recital Hall—and you don't have to be a music major to win a spot.
Wiggin Street School
This sweet little elementary school down the hill from campus is part of the Kenyon landscape. But it comes to mean a lot more to you when you volunteer there. Kenyon students join the Wiggin Street family by tutoring, performing feats of science magic, and leading mini-workshops for budding writers and artists.