Clemente is based on the conviction that by studying the humanities, individuals who have been denied access to economic, cultural and social opportunities develop the critical, reflective and creative skills that empower them to work effectively toward improving their own lives and those of their families and communities.
The Clemente Course in the Humanities provides a transformative educational experience for adults facing economic hardship and adverse circumstances. Our free college humanities courses empower students to further their education and careers, become effective advocates for themselves and their families, and engage actively in the cultural and political lives of their communities.
Using the Socratic method, and drawing from primary sources, Clemente’s seasoned professors provide a rigorous education in literature, moral philosophy, American history, art history, and critical thinking and writing. Courses meet twice a week for 28 weeks. To qualify, a student's income must be less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Students do not need to have a high school diploma or GED. College credit is available at no cost to all students who demonstrate college-level skills upon completion of the course.
- Access: To remove significant obstacles that impede access to higher education by providing tuition, books, childcare and transportation at no cost to qualified students;
- Higher Education: To create a bridge to higher education by developing the skills, confidence and motivation necessary to succeed in that context;
- Civic Engagement: To strengthen habits of reflection and critical thinking so that students are better able to control the direction of their lives and engage effectively in action to improve their communities;
- Partnerships: To sustain courses at the local level by fostering partnerships with colleges and community organizations and developing collaborative resources to deliver the Clemente program to qualified individuals.