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Whatever educational experience you are seeking, Chautauqua’s Special Studies program continues to create distinct new learning opportunities for the 10,000 lifelong learners that enroll in courses each summer.  More than 300 teachers, experienced in subjects they love, create a diverse assortment of courses, often offering intergenerational learning experiences.

Special Studies offers classes to youth and adults in subjects ranging from art, music, photography, culinary arts, religion and philosophy, to fitness, dance, history, literature and writing. Enjoy Chautauqua’s Special Studies’ unique learning experience and enrich your mind, body and spirit.


Registration for the 2020 Special Studies program will open on April 1 at 10:00 a.m. Click here to access the online catalog and to register. 

To receive a print catalog for the 2020 season in the mail, please click here to send a request or call 716-357-6200.

Teaching at Chautauqua

To learn more about teaching a class at Chautauqua, please visit our Instructor Portal at the link below. The deadline to teach a course for the 2020 summer assembly season was October 1, 2019. Applications for the 2021 season will be available in April.

Special Studies Instructor Portal