Explore human ideas, creations and inventions that have defined our present.

Classes in the Integrated Program in Humane Studies are for those who won’t settle for either/or and who are not content with a single perspective. The program’s first-year course explores human ideas, creations and inventions that have defined our present, from the origins of poetry and philosophy to the foundations of computer science.

Focus on real-world challenges.

Later courses dive more deeply into our present and even our future. Can we program our humanity into our inventions or will we be shaped irrevocably by our tools? Can AI know us better than ourselves and offer a mirror onto our very nature? By the end of the concentration, students will have a digital portfolio of hands-on projects that focus on real-world challenges. Concentrators have the opportunity to join the KDH lab and be part of a collaborative multi-disciplinary team engaged in cutting-edge research. 

IPHS Mission

Through innovative interdisciplinary courses, we prepare students to confront our past, our present and our future. Knowing how we got here, our students are equipped to tackle key issues emerging from our current technological world and are ready to anticipate and predict opportunities and challenges they will face in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Seminar, lecture, tutorial — I don't get it. How does IPHS 113-114 work?

On the surface, IPHS may seem like many other introductory humanities courses offered at top colleges. Actually, though, we're unique. Some schools offer lectures by seasoned professors and sections with less-experienced instructors; others offer only a seminar where you meet to discuss your personal reactions to the book, often with an instructor who may not even have a background in the field. Kenyon's program is quite different. Each week, you'll attend two or three lectures, most given by IPHS professors, with a few guest lecturers given by other distinguished Kenyon faculty. These provide the historical context for each week's reading, as well as a sense of how each text fits into the tradition we're exploring. Then, you'll meet once weekly in a smaller seminar led by one of our professors, where you'll engage in a more in-depth reading. Finally, every three weeks or so, you'll write a 4-5 page tutorial paper which you'll present, alongside a fellow classmate or two, to your seminar leader. The tutorial gives you a chance to formulate your own personal responses to these great works, as well as to initiate a dialogue with your professor about the text and your writing.

How do the credits and grading work for IPHS 113-114? What breadth requirements does it satisfy?

Because the course includes both a lecture and a seminar, it counts for a .75 units of credit each semester. We recommend that you not overextend yourself by enrolling in too many units, especially your first semester. Since the course is a year-long course, your grade in December will be provisional. IPHS 113-114 satisfies many of your breadth requirements. It is open to both freshmen and sophomores.

I'm ready to enroll. How do I pick a section?

Although each seminar will have its own unique feel, we recommend that you pick your seminar based on your schedule. The class experience is consistent across sections: you'll read the same texts, attend the same lectures and take exams together. Your section will remain the same throughout the year.