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Academics

You’ve got goals. Big ones. We’re here to help you see them through. Consider St. Lawrence your basecamp: the starting point for your epic academic adventure.

Blaze your own trail... 

St. Lawrence students fully embrace the power of a liberal arts education. When you explore and combine courses across disciplines you’re likely to develop a new passion, discover an untapped talent, or find an exciting, unexpected path.  

… with direction and encouragement along the way

Our passionate, dedicated professors not only know you by name, they also know you by your dreams. So don’t be surprised when they suggest the perfect research project, introduce you to an ideal mentor, or point you to other meaningful learning experiences that align with your goals.

Academics at-a-Glance

A diverse and dynamic learning environment with plenty of personalized attention and space to grow.

100%

of courses taught by a professor

46%

double (or triple!) major

99%

participate in experiential learning

94%

find employment or enroll in a graduate program within a year (2019)

11:1

student to faculty ratio

17

students in an average class

18%

faculty members of color

Students represent 59 countries and 43 states

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Our Programs

Between 69 majors, 41 minors, and pre-professional programs, you’ll have more than 100 areas of study to consider.

Explore Majors & Minors
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Success from the Start

Our innovative, nationally recognized First-Year Program (FYP) helps make your social and intellectual transition to college as smooth as possible.

Learn about the FYP
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Empowering Your Education

The Fox Center for Academic Opportunity is your hub for academic support, from advising and peer tutoring to accessibility needs.

View Academic Advising Programs

Laurentians Learn by Doing

82%

conduct research

82%

volunteer

64%

pursue an independent project

73%

complete at least one internship

61%

study abroad or off campus

Ways to Enrich Your St. Lawrence Academic Adventure

From official experiential learning programs to educational moments in the most surprising of places, your St. Lawrence academic adventure has no boundaries.

At St. Lawrence, we’ll encourage you to ask the big questions—and then challenge you to find the answers through research and experimentation. 

Here’s a look at what piques Laurentians’ curiosity: 

  • Mental Health in English Literature
  • The Ethics of Commercializing Public Land
  • Food Insecurity
  • Gender, Athletics Participation, and Risk Preferences
  • Mechanism Determination of Ruthenium-Based TNT Sensor

  • Mathematical Art and Artistic Mathematics

  • Clay Minerals in Landslides on Earth and Mars

  • The Economics of COVID-19

  • Alzheimer's and the Aging Brain

  • Examining the Impact of Slave Revolts Across the Black Diaspora

Learn More About Research

In order to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, you need to expand your understanding of people, places, and perspectives. 

With more than 30 semester-long programs in 22 countries and across the United States, you’ll find many opportunities that complement your academic and personal interests, such as:

  • Adirondack Semester
  • Australia
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Nepal
  • New York City
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad
  • Washington, D.C. 

Learn more about off-campus study

Project-based learning with a purpose: Find solutions for pressing local and global challenges as part of your course work. Recent courses that included a community-based learning component include:

  • Sociology of Family
  • Medicines and Meanings
  • Aging Society
  • Community Psychology
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Global Health & Justice
  • American Literature

Explore volunteer opportunities

Hone your talent, develop practical skills, build your portfolio and gain professional-level experience related to your career goals or passions. You might try:

  • Hosting a radio show
  • Editing a campus literary magazine
  • Publishing a student newspaper or research journal
  • Joining an ensemble
  • Trying out for a play
  • Entering your artwork into a show
  • Preparing a locally-sourced meal for the popular student-run Green Cafe

Learn about co-curriculars available with your major(s) of interest throughout our program pages.

Our students gain real-world experience with prestigious companies, noteworthy nonprofits, and exciting organizations such as: 

  • NASA
  • Sports Illustrated
  • AT&T
  • Morgan Stanley
  • eBay
  • Central Park Conservancy
  • U.S. House of Representatives

Learn more about internships