Our Liberal Arts
Equipping students with lessons from across the sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and other fields to contribute, communicate, and create, with confidence.
At Skidmore, we believe interdisciplinary study allows you to open your mind and creatively
connect different ideas. We also believe these core skills are essential for personal and professional success. Why? Because Creative Thought Matters, and thinking across boundaries is one of the most powerful ways to change the world and develop a happier, healthier, and more inclusive society.
Study what speaks to you
At Skidmore, no one discipline dominates. Rather, you’ll be encouraged to connect different modes of thinking and ideas from multiple fields. We call it a “do both” mentality. Our intentionally broad, flexible, and supportive education experience makes it easy to dive into a singular passion or mix and match what matters to you by adding a minor, pursuing a double major, or creating an altogether different path.
A Well-Rounded Education
In addition to completing your general education requirements, you'll have the opportunity to engage — with professors, advisors, mentors, and peers
at your side — in an expansive network of holistic experiences, programs, and opportunities
designed to guide you through a journey of assessing who you are, what you want to
learn, and the life and career you want to develop.
From summer advising and creative pre-orientation and orientation offerings to engaging academics and thoughtful support programs, FYE will help you land in your comfort zone, then challenge you to step out of it.
Each student has a faculty advisor who helps them make the most of their educational experience, establish academic goals, choose a major, and explore special opportunities for engagement.
Student Academic Services
Student Academic Services
SAS provides academic support to ALL students through peer academic coaching, tutoring, and individual and group guidance, with a special focus on students with disabilities, international students, and student-athletes.
Our summer program offers students the opportunity to work closely for 5-10 weeks with faculty members from a variety of disciplines and gain invaluable, firsthand research experience.
Periclean Honors Forum offers a supportive intellectual community for highly motivated students. The membership program includes rigorous courses, field trips, campus dialogues, and lectures.
Skidmore takes seriously its mission to prepare grads to live as informed, responsible, and globally and interculturally aware citizens who strive to make the world a better place for all.
Off-Campus Study and Exchanges
Feed your wanderlust; it's easy here. Off-campus Study and Exchanges offers 120 approved programs in 45 countries for you to choose from as well as dozens of opportunities for short-term trips through coursework or research.
Career Development Center
Beginning in Year One and extending to Job One and beyond, students and grads have lifetime access to the CDC’s on-demand resources and career-support specialists, all the while being encouraged to pursue careers and lives of purpose.
An Interdisciplinary campus
It's more than just talk. At Skidmore, we walk the walk by investing in spaces and facilities that mirror and support our dedication to an interdiscplinary, liberal arts education. In addition to traditional classrooms, labs, and lecture halls, we're proud to offer unique resources and spaces that make this campus an ideal location for creative thought to thrive.
Zankel Music Center is both a public concert venue and an educational space open to everyone – whether you plan to study music, want to take lessons, enjoy singing or playing as hobby, or want to sit back and enjoy the show.
Inside you'll find the Skidmore Music Department, practice and recording studios, and the Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, an acoustically tuned, 600-seat auditorium.
As both a teaching and a public art museum, the Tang is at the intersection of academic and artistic discovery. In addition to being a resource to students and faculty, with nearly 40,000 visitors each year, a 5,000-piece collection, and a rotating exhibition schedule, it brings a world-class experience to the heart of campus. Experiential opportunities are available for students to participate in integral aspects of museum practice.
DOCLab brings the tools of audiovisual media and documentary storytelling into the Skidmore curriculum and the local community. Staffed by a team with students with key media competencies and specialties, DOCLab emphasizes learning to use cutting-edge media, storytelling, and documentary tools in a collaborative, peer supported, hands-on and project-based environment.
Skidmore's library presents a comfortable and productive environment designed for research and collaboration. It offers a variety of print, electronic, and audiovisual material including over 350,000 print volumes, 70,000 full-text journals, and 250 databases, all of which have been carefully selected to support the teaching and research needs of the Skidmore community.
Housed inside Skidmore's Billie Tisch Center for Integrated Sciences, the IdeaLab is a hub of "learning through making." The innovation center and makerspace provides tools and support for cross-disciplinary making, from 3D printing and electronics to sewing and prototyping.