• Don’t just take classes... Actively help design them! SMC students help create the syllabus, choose the texts, and develop assignments.

    Don’t just take classes... Actively help design them! SMC students help create the syllabus, choose the texts, and develop assignments.
  • Students work closely with engaged talented faculty members.

    Students work closely with engaged talented faculty members.
  • Explore your many interests! SMC students help shape the direction the course.

    Explore your many interests! SMC students help shape the direction the course.
  • Make connections through interdisciplinary study. CAS writing and distribution requirements are replaced with SMC courses.

    Make connections through interdisciplinary study. CAS writing and distribution requirements are replaced with SMC courses.
  • Are you curious, imaginative and love learning?

    Are you curious, imaginative and love learning?
  • Become part of a community of student-driven learning.

    Become part of a community of student-driven learning.
  • Take charge of your education and prepare for success in your chosen path.

    Take charge of your education and prepare for success in your chosen path.

Welcome

Welcome to the South Mountain College program! SMC is an intellectual community designed to enhance interdisciplinary, discovery driven education. South Mountain College’s new approach to the liberal arts combines the recognized success of a traditional major with an inquiry-driven curriculum and a living-learning community.

We welcome new students into the program—both prospective Lehigh University students as well as current Lehigh students.  South Mountain College allows students of all majors to cross-curricular boundaries and explore many of their intellectual curiosities.

Click Here to read about the Key Features of the South Mountain College Program.

Video

Video will be coming soon! 

Keep watch here for interviews with students, lecturers, professors and more!

Student Profile

Lehigh University South Mountain College -  Karol Cyrklaff

“SMC is what college is supposed to be about—learning about lots of things and being able to pursue lots of interests,” is how Karol Cyrklaff ’13 (women’s studies) described his decision to join the program.

News and Events

The popular board game lunch is back! Join Professor Ziad Munson every Monday from 11:30 - 12:30 in the SMC room (Maginnes 104). Pizza and drinks provided.  Ziad will provide a selection of different games that can be played in an hour or so.  You are also welcome to bring others, if you'd like.

 For those who haven't joined us before, each week Ziad brings a stack of possible games to play and we decide together what to try.  No experience is necessary-- he teaches each game before you begin.  The goal is no more than to relax a little, chat, and have some fun.   All are welcome but RSVP to insmc@lehigh.edu so we can be sure to have enough pizza! 

Interested in student-driven learning? Learn about the unique learning opportunities available to you in the South Mountain College program. Dedicated to the exploration of ideas across disciplines, SMC gives you an alternative way of fulfilling your College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements, while still completing a regular College of Arts and Sciences major. Current SMC students and faculty will be on hand to answer your questions.

This event meets the 5 x 10 requirement for Collaborative Connections

Refreshments will be served.

The annual retreat brings students, faculty, and staff together to begin thoughtful conversations about the upcoming year.  This year's retreat begins with a welcome lunch on Tuesday, August 19 at noon in Maginnes 104. 

Monday, April 21 from 1 - 4 pm

STEPS 121

Final presentations by SMC students investigating "Choices and Consequences." In this hands-on presentation, participants will be able to design their own Lehigh experience by playing a computer model of your first year designed to guide you through your own decisions and the resulting consequences of those choices. 

As a follow up to reading Temple Grandin's book, "Animals Make Us Human," SMC students will get a special tour and workshop with zoo staff focused on animal behaviors. 

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