For First-Year Students
Students typically begin with Odyssey: Pursuit of Wisdom and Understanding (IPHS 111Y- 112Y). This course offers a unique blend of lectures and small seminars that makes the perfect introduction to both liberal education and Kenyon. Each week different professors from Kenyon’s many majors give lectures in their areas of expertise. During our yearlong Odyssey, beginning with Homer and ending with the introduction of digital technology, students can expect to hear from more than 30 different professors. At the end of each week, students break into small groups with a seminar leader to discuss the week’s material and debate some of the controversial issues and questions that it raised. Student papers are discussed alongside a fellow classmate or two.
IPHS students, working closely with a faculty member, create their own interdisciplinary curriculum aligned to their interests. To complete the concentration, they choose from a wide variety of interdisciplinary classes to complete 2.5 units of coursework. In their senior year, they work closely with a faculty advisor to complete a project tailored to their
IPHS promotes a sense of community in which intellectual differences are respected and intellectual ties and relations are forged.