Kenyon Programme

Study options

While at Exeter you will take six courses (three per semester). Five of these are taken in Anglophone literature and can be chosen from a wide range covering different periods and genres. They can choose from level 2 modules (lecture courses, with weekly seminars,  which are assessed by a final exam in the first semester and portfolio of written work in the second semester) and level 3 modules (seminars on particular topics, assessed through a portfolio of essays). 

You take one course in another subject - this could be in film or drama, or from a wide range of subjects available at the University such as Archaeology, History, Modern Languages, Politics, Sociology, Classics and Ancient History, Philosophy, International Relations, Theology, Psychology and more.

You'll choose these modules while at Kenyon, a few months before starting at Exeter. Apart from the Kenyon seminar, you are taught alongside Exeter students and carry out the same assignments.

The main difference between studying at Kenyon and Exeter is the emphasis on independent study. Students in the UK are treated more like graduate students i.e. as independent, mature scholars and given greater latitude to tailor research to their own interests.  Experience has shown that Kenyon students greatly develop their research skills while at Exeter, which gives them excellent preparation for their final year of study and they often excel academically on returning home.

Module options may include:

  • African American literature 1900-1960
  • American childhoods
  • American music and society 1900-1968
  • Beyond Plath: modern American poets
  • Classics of children's literature
  • Comedy, comedians and romance
  • Creative writing: Poetry and Prose
  • Crime and modernity
  • Desire and Power: English literature 1570-1640
  • Epic in English
  • Imperial encounters: the Victorians and their world
  • Jane Austen and the creation of the modern novel
  • Knights and outlaws in medieval literature
  • Literature 1900-1953
  • Looking east: tragedy, travel thriller
  • Poet of revolution: John Milton
  • Renaissance and Revolution: 17th century literature
  • Romanticism
  • Serious play: creative writing workshop
  • Shakespeare and Renaissance Comedy
  • Shakespeare's spectacular bodies
  • Short fiction
  • The Enlightenment: 1700-1799
  • The nature of story: creative writing
  • Victorian London: literature, culture and the urban experience
  • War poetry in the 20th century
  • Wild justice: revenge, repression and the origins of criminality
  • Writing the short film