Study in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (MLL) aims to deepen the understanding of languages and cultures in their uniqueness and diversity, to develop the communication and analytical skills that provide access to those cultures, and to invite reflection on the literary traditions and societies represented by the eight disciplines taught in the department.
MLL offers language, literature, culture, and cinema courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish, as well as courses in linguistics and Community Engaged Learning. Though literature and culture courses are typically taught in the original languages, MLL also offers a range of courses taught in translation, along with select courses focused on the practice of translation.
In terms of its mission, Kenyon College considers competency in at least on foreign language to be a foundational component of a liberal arts education and essential for many reasons. Among these, language study:
For more on Kenyon’s policy regarding foreign language proficiency, please consult the requirement guidelines available from Office of the Registrar. For information about placement exams, please email Pamela Sheasby (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Department of MLL.