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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 2019 Special Studies program is now open.

You may register online or by calling the Ticket Office at 716-357-6250. The print catalog will be available late-April. To receive a print catalog in the mail, please click here to send a request or call 716-357-6200.

Check here to see what you should bring to your class (not all classes require materials).

Materials Lists


Click here to complete a course evaluation.

Course Evaluation

Teaching at Chautauqua

To learn more about teaching a class at Chautauqua, please visit our Instructor Portal at the link below. Applications for teaching in 2020 are due October 1, 2019. 

Special Studies Instructor Portal