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. 


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 has closed. We will begin accepting 2020 course proposals April 2019.  

Special Studies Instructor Portal


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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