About the Clemente Course

The Clemente Course in the Humanities® is a unique educational institution founded in 1995 to teach the humanities at the college level to people living in economic distress.

The course works in conjunction with faculty from leading colleges and universities on five continents. Students learn through dialogue about moral philosophy, literature, history, art history, critical thinking, and writing.

More than ten thousand students worldwide have attended a Clemente course, and over fifty percent have successfully completed it.

The goal of the course is to bring the clarity and beauty of the humanities to people who have been deprived of these riches through economic, social, or political forces.   Many graduates of the Clemente Course have gone on to two- and four-year colleges.

There is no tuition; books are provided, and the college credits offered in most courses are readily transferable to other institutions.

In addition to free tuition and books, access to child care and transportation is provided without charge.

About the Jefferson Clemente Course

Our program is located in Jefferson County, Washington, and is accredited by Bard College.

In general, our classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:30 pm from early January through mid June.  Each class is limited to 25 students.

Students who successfully complete the course will receive six credits from Bard College. Students completing the course, but not meeting the requirements for college credit, will receive a Bard College Certificate of Achievement.

Here is a Sample Class schedule.


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