The Clemente Course provides opportunities for adults in challenging socioeconomic circumstances to learn about literature, art history, moral philosophy, American history, and writing. The Course is based on the premise that the insights and skills offered by studying traditional humanities disciplines can provide people with crucial tools for gaining control over their lives and becoming engaged in their communities. Clemente participants earn college credit through tuition-free, college level instruction and develop the skills and confidence needed to express themselves. They are provided free books, transportation, and childcare to remove barriers that might prevent them from completing the Course’s 110 hours of instruction. Classes meet twice a week for eight months at a community site.
The Clemente Course is currently offered in Dorchester, New Bedford, Brockton, Worcester, and Springfield in partnership with local community social service agencies. Costs are shared by Mass Humanities and the local social service agency hosting the program.
Contributions from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Boston Private Bank & Trust, Citizens Bank, The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, Harvard Pilgram Health Care Foundation, King`s Chapel House, UMass Dartmouth, and numerous generous individuals make it possible for Mass Humanities to offer the Clemente Course in Holyoke, Dorchester and New Bedford.