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 will begin in April. 


Did you take a class at Chautauqua this summer? Complete a course evaluation here.  Course Evaluation

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

Teaching at Chautauqua

The application to propose a course for the 2019 season is now open. The deadline to submit course proposals to teach in 2019 is Oct. 15, 2018.  

Submit a Course Proposal


For more information about teaching at Chautauqua:

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Monitor Application

Apply to be a monitor for the Special Studies program:

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