June 30 - August 3, 2019
And Writer's Workshop at Amherst.
Explore the quintessential New England college experience at Amherst College. This “Little Ivy” with its sweeping green lawns and classic architecture is situated in the heart of Amherst, MA, consistently ranked one of the top college towns in the U.S. Only steps away from Emily Dickinson’s Homestead, and with guest speakers including Amherst Professor and Great Books co-founder Dr. Ilan Stavans and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Dr. Joseph J. Ellis, our Amherst program takes advantage of local literature and offers a unique curriculum centered on the classics with an American history twist.
Amherst College, founded in 1821, is widely regarded as one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the world. With an endowment of nearly $1 billion, Amherst has extensive physical resources on its scenic 1,000-acre campus. Nearly every academic building on campus has been renovated in the past five years, and Amherst's academic and athletic facilities are among the best in the nation.
We held the first session on the campus of Amherst fifteen years ago, and Amherst remains the cornerstone of the Great Books Summer Program.
Students who come for two, three or four weeks will be able to experience entirely new academic content each session they
Amherst College is located about two hours by car from Boston and three hours from New York City. The closest airport is Bradley International in Hartford, Connecticut, which is conveniently located about 40 minutes away by car. Many families enjoy touring the numerous esteemed universities in the region after the end of their child’s session.
This camp must comply with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health.
Prepping for Your College Experience
How do students learn a greater appreciation for thinking deeper? Watch this short film made at Amherst College by campers, who explain their drive and inspiration for smarter discourse.
Emma from TX, Third Year Camper
Emma from TX says coming to Great Books Summer Program was “one of the best decisions I ever made.” Learn why this three-year camper calls Great Books her “second home” and how it has helped improve both her writing and critical thinking skills.