Clemente Course

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The Clemente Course in the Humanities provides tuition free, college-level instruction, for up to 6 college credits, to economically disadvantaged individuals aged 17 and older. Course participants take classes in literature, art history, moral philosophy, American history, writing and public speaking from college professors. Instructors are chosen for their engaging and dynamic presence in the classroom and their commitment to working with non-traditional learners.

Classes have typically taken place on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. starting in September and ending with a graduation ceremony in May. The classes are offered free to qualified participants. PACE provides on-site childcare and transportation assistance along with paying for all textbooks and supplies. Students will take trips to art museums, and to see plays and performances.

The Clemente Course grants a certificate of achievement to all students who finish the course and six college credits to those who complete it at a high level of academic performance. The credits come from UMass Dartmouth, and can be transferred to any community college or university.

For more information about enrolling in the Clemente Course in the Humanities, please email Susan Hagan at You can also apply online here. For paper applications and other inquiries, please call 508 999-9920 or come by the PACE main office at 166 William St., New Bedford.