Shimer College


Academics at a Small Liberal Arts College



Liberal Arts Education in the noblest sense.

At Shimer, you won’t touch a textbook. Our curriculum is built entirely on primary sources, and there are no lectures, only student-driven conversation in small classes. Shimer is the only Great Books school to include in its curriculum major contemporary, feminist, and subaltern figures like Judith Butler, Luce Irigaray, and Frederick Douglass. 

If you love to read and write, if you’re curious and interested in ideas, a liberal arts education at Shimer might be just the thing for you. Here, we’ll teach you not what to think, but how to think.

Our Programs

A Shimer education will benefit anyone who wants to pursue a general course of study, acquire breadth and depth of knowledge, and become a skilled communicator, critical thinker, and problem solver.

Our 4-year program welcomes first-time students, transfers, early entrants, home-schoolers, and non-traditional students of every stripe.

We offer a 2-year program for qualifying transfer students.

All Shimer students can apply to spend a semester abroad at Oxford with our Shimer-in-Oxford program.

Are you planning on going to law school? Find out about our 5-year B.A. to J.D. program.