Smith Experimental College

SMITH EXPERIMENTAL COLLEGE The Smith Experimental College began in 1970, when students in Park Annex “thought the Smith community should have a free, counter-culture form of education.” While it initially offered only six courses, the program expanded quickly and by 1971 offered eighteen courses, including tap dancing, macramé, ‘Media Message’, ‘Two-Dimensional Design’, ‘the Gothic Novel’, and a Silkscreen Workshop, just to name a few, and had an enrollment of over 200 students. As Kelly Gray put it in 1974, the Experimental College offered students a chance to actively explore their interests and provided a balance to the “contemplative atmosphere of academia by creating a milieu in which individuals may pursue the more active, but not less important, side of their education.”

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