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. Fieldwork is common to many of the courses offered related to sustainability, providing students with a unique level of engagement with life beyond the hill.
On September 23 - 24, 2019, Kenyon students, faculty and community members engaged in community-based discussions, performances and talks focused on concern for the state of the global environment. Professors and students coordinated how to unite their class material, largely unrelated to the environment, with environmental concerns and awareness.
Sustainability-related courses and projects have been identified as part of a special academic initiative. View the sample courses below. For more courses, please also see the academic requirements for the environmental studies concentration.
ENVS 253 Sustainable Agriculture
This course introduces students to the principles of sustainable agriculture through field experiences on local farms and the study of current literature. (Credit: 0.5 unit)
PSCI 363: Global Environmental Politics
This course seeks to identify and address many of the most pressing environmental challenges in today's world. Finding genuinely sustainable and participatory solutions to those challenges is a major goal of the course. (Credit: 0.5 unit)
BIOL 229 Ecology Laboratory
This course provides direct experience with diverse groups of organisms and the methods used to learn about them. (Credit: 0.25 unit)
ANTH 320: Anthropology of Food
Through cross-cultural comparisons, this course addresses the ways in which humans obtain food and specifically examines industrial and alternative foodstreams. (Credit: 0.5 unit)
Food for Thought is a special academic initiative to explore food, farming and rural life. The courses in the program represent virtually every aspect of the curriculum and many offer opportunities to engage with the surrounding community. Through the program, students broaden their horizons beyond Gambier and deepen their connection to this place.
The Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) Kenyon Certificate Program in Ecological Agriculture provides students with the opportunity to develop intellectual skills and practical knowledge regarding food and farming systems. Students acquire an understanding of the complex nature of agro-ecosystems; critically analyze the social, political and economic institutions in which food and farming systems are embedded; and explore the interplay of social values, personal responsibility and environmental and community goals.
Students must complete three relevant courses and undertake a ten-week summer internship on a farm that uses ecological production methods. Participating students earn $2,500 during their internship with an as-needed housing allowance. Contact Professor Howard Sacks at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for the program.
Many students choose to pursue sustainable projects during their junior year study abroad experience. 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.
Study Abroad in Scandinavia (DIS) offers sustainability and environmental science programs in Denmark, with opportunities to learn about sustainability throughout Europe.
The School for International Training (SIT) offers abroad programs in more than 30 countries. Many of these include conservation and sustainability programs, including ones in Argentina, Australia, Ecuador, Iceland and Tanzania.