Astronomy is the study of the cosmos, from our home planet to the farthest reaches of the universe. One of the original liberal arts, astronomy offers an unparalleled perspective for appreciating our planet and the life that it supports. It also provides an opportunity to appreciate the simplicity of the forces of nature and understand how these forces govern the origin and evolution of our universe.
Smith's astronomy department is a member of the Five College Astronomy Department. The consortium offers a rich curriculum in astronomy and astrophysics, taught by faculty from Smith, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts. Students who major in astronomy also take courses in the physics department, and they often double major in physics and astronomy.